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Local High School Soccer Player Earns All-Conference Recognition


Nov 21, 2023

Slippery Rock University’s Morgan Sarver, a sophomore forward and Altoona Area High School graduate, was recently named to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference women’s soccer all-conference team. She earned a spot on the PSAC Western Division Second Team, starting in all 18 of her appearances and finishing third in the PSAC in shots and fourth in shots on target. With six goals and nine assists for the Rock, Sarver tied for second place in team offensive points at 21. The Rock ended the season with a record of 12-4-3 overall.

On the other hand, five members of Penn State Altoona’s women’s volleyball program received postseason honors from the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. Head coach Jamie McGreal was named coach of the year, while freshman outside hitter Lia Simanski, a Bishop Guilfoyle High School graduate, was selected as newcomer of the year. Additionally, four student-athletes were recognized on the all-conference list: junior libero Anna Batrus, an Altoona Area High School grad, made it to the first team All-AMCC; senior outside hitter Lacee Barnhart and Simanski were both second team picks; while junior middle Makenna Port earned third team recognition. McGreal led the Lady Lions to their third ever conference championship.

Simanski ranked among top ten players in kills per set (2.77), kills (263), points (293.0), points per set (3.1) and digs (328) in AMCC this season. Meanwhile Batrus took over as starting libero and anchored the defense while playing in all 26 matches this season. She led AMCC this season with highest digs per set average at 5.55 while being second in total digs with 533

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