Since her arrival midway through last winter, Sydney Yim has been a program-changing force for Newburyport volleyball. The junior setter once again dominated the floor this winter, helping lead the Clippers to its best season in program history.

The two-time Daily News MVP led the team with 246 kills and also had 28 blocks, 92 aces and 166 digs, helping the Clippers finish 12-9 overall while qualifying for the state tournament for the first time ever. She led Newburyport with nine kills, four blocks and three digs in the team’s state tournament loss to then unbeaten and eventual state finalist Danvers.

After the season the 6-foot Yim was honored as Cape Ann League Co-MVP and was selected as a Division 2 All-State selection. Yim, who is also a flamethrowing pitcher for the Newburyport softball team, recently committed to play Division 1 college volleyball for Purdue University.

Mia Berardino

Triton, Soph., OH

Two-time Daily News All-Star. Earned All-CAL as a sophomore after earning CAL All-Star honors as a freshman last fall. Posted 153 kills, 106 digs, 65 aces and had a serve percentage of 83.2%. She also had a hitting average of .298 and a kill percentage of 46.9%. “She was the floor captain for us all season and a leader on the court,” said Triton coach Bob Van Etten. “Mia is a natural on the volleyball court and able to grow her volleyball skills at an unusually fast rate.”

Molly Kimball

Triton, Soph., setter

CAL All-Star. Sophomore setter stepped up and became essential distributor for Triton. Finished season with 200 assists, 68 digs, 26 kills, 63 aces and a serve percentage of 91.2%. Had 24 assists in thrilling 3-2 win over Georgetown, and also 19 assists in a pair of late-season wins over Everett and Pentucket. “Molly worked hard all season on her setting technique and it payed off,” said Triton coach Bob Van Etten. 

Julianne Heath

Newburyport, Sr., setter

CAL All-Star. Senior tri-captain played key role in helping Newburyport to best season in program history. Recorded 282 assists, 155 digs and 41 aces to help Clippers finish 12-9 while reaching state tournament for first time ever. Recorded 23 assists in tight 3-2 loss to North Reading, 18 assists in win over Whittier and 12 assists in state tournament loss to eventual state finalist Danvers.

Emerson Nicholas

Georgetown, Sr., MH

Senior tri-captain was one of Georgetown’s most imposing offensive threats. Posted 110 kills, 63 aces, 45 blocks and 10 assists on the season. Had 12 kills and three aces in thrilling 3-2 win over Triton, as well as 12 aces and two blocks in tight 3-2 loss to Ipswich. Helped Georgetown to four consecutive wins to end the year.

Grace Sorensen

Georgetown, Frosh., setter

Freshman setter was immediately one of team’s most indispensable players right off the bat. Talented distributor posted 134 assists, 65 kills, 58 aces and 50 digs. Had 25 assists and five aces in season-ending win over Salem. Also posted 12 assists and 12 aces in win over Pentucket and had 20 assists in 3-2 win over Triton

Honorable Mention

Georgetown — Sophie Ferraguzzi, Sr., OH

Newburyport — Jillian Stallard, Sr., OH; Kate Sarra, Jr., setter

Pentucket — Arielle Cleveland, Jr., MH

Triton — Paige Volpone, Sr., MH

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