Recently, several athletes from local universities and high schools have been recognized for their outstanding performances in their respective sports. Morgan Sarver, a sophomore forward for Slippery Rock University and a graduate of Altoona Area High School, was named to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference women’s soccer all-conference team. She finished third in the PSAC in shots and fourth in shots on goal, earning her a spot on the PSAC Western Division Second Team. Sarver also tied for second place in team offensive points at 21 with six goals and nine assists.
Meanwhile, five members of the Penn State Altoona women’s volleyball program received postseason honors from the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. Head coach Jamie McGreal was voted coach of the year, while freshman outside hitter Lia Simanski, a Bishop Guilfoyle High School graduate, was selected as newcomer of the year. Four student-athletes from Penn State Altoona were also named to the all-conference list, including junior libero Anna Batrus, an Altoona Area High School grad; senior outside hitter Lacee Barnhart; Simanski; and junior middle Makenna Port. McGreal led the Lady Lions to their third-ever conference championship.
Simanski ranked among the top players in her position in the AMCC this season. She finished in the top 10 in kills per set (2.77), kills (263), points (293.0), points per set (3.1), and digs (328). Batrus anchored Penn State Altoona’s defense as starting libero while playing in all 26 matches this season. She led the AMCC this season with a high number of digs per set (5.55) and total digs (533).