By HockomockSports.com Staff
Player are listed alphabetically
Allyson Bonnet-Eymard, Junior – Franklin
Franklin had a very senior heavy lineup during the 2018 season and that’s a big reason why the Panthers went undefeated in the regular season and won their first ever sectional title. But they also had a couple of underclassmen step up and Allyson Bonnet-Eymard was one of them. This year, Bonnet-Eymard is going to see a much bigger role and will likely be the go-to option on offense for a new-look Franklin team. She was third on the team last year with 102 kills, showing off a lot of power for just a sophomore. She’s a versatile player too and could see time in the setter position this year and will also be an important defensive player for Franklin.
Allison Corsini, Senior – Milford
Milford senior hitter Allison Corsini is a factor on both sides of the ball for the Hawks, providing a major weapon at the net on offense and the first line of defense. In her first season as a varsity starter, Corsini became the go-to option for Milford’s offense and led the team with 168 kills. She was also one of the best blocks in the league, finishing with 65 blocks on the season. As Corsini continues to gain experience in her second year on varsity, the expectations continue to grow for her and for the Hawks, who will be hoping to build off another tournament appearance last fall.
Nicole Coughlan, Senior – King Philip
After earning HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year honors last fall, King Philip junior hitter Nicole Coughlan has set the bar very high heading into the season, as the Warriors look to get back on top in the Kelley-Rex division. Coughlan showed off an all-around game last year, producing in the middle on offense and in the block, as well as chipping in at the service line. She finished second on the team with 136 kills (best among underclassmen in the Hock) and had a team-high 39 blocks. Coughlan’s ability to control the middle and be a presence on the block will be a major factor for the Warriors, who are looking not only at regaining the league title from Franklin, but also make a playoff run.
Haley Gaskin, Senior – North Attleboro
North Attleboro had a lot of new faces on the court last season but the Rocketeers still made a return trip to the state tournament. One of the big reasons for that was setter Haley Gaskin, who had a terrific year in her second season with the Big Red. Gaskin did a nice job distributing the ball to a variety of hitters, with two registering over 100 kills and a total of six players picking up 50 or more kills. She had 416 assists last year with just 10 ball handling errors, emerging as a reliable option for coach Kim Hallahan. She’s also a solid defensive option with 73 digs a year ago and a reliable option at the service line (90.5% serve percentage).
Taylor Harris, Senior – Canton
Another in a long line of powerful hitters for the Bulldogs, Canton senior Taylor Harris had a breakout all-around season in 2018, helping her team reach the sectional final. Harris was a vital cog for Canton, rarely coming off the court because of her ability to make plays in any position. She led the Bulldogs with 205 kills and showed off her defensive skills with 243 digs and 338 serve receives. She added 31 aces (with a 93% server percentage). Harris seemed to improve throughout the season and was at her best during Canton’s state tournament run, emerging as one of the top returning hitters in the league and setting the Bulldogs up as favorites for another Davenport title.
Allie Kemp, Senior – Oliver Ames
Oliver Ames senior setter Allie Kemp has been the quarterback of the Tigers offense since she started on varsity three years ago and has set program records for assists, while providing all-around play on defense and at the service line. Kemp led the team with 484 assists last season, which was 20 better than her impressive sophomore campaign, helping three of her hitters eclipse the 100-kill mark and helping the Tigers secure second place in the division and a return to the state tournament. The 2017 HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year is the key to OA making a run at Canton and the Davenport division title and her leadership will be critical to keeping the Tigers program moving in the right direction this fall.
Ana Leonardo, Junior – Attleboro
Attleboro is looking to take a big step forward this season and one reason the Bombardiers believe they can do so is junior Ana Leonardo. Leonardo is one of the most experienced players in the league and can really spread the ball around to the different options at the net. After splitting time in her freshman year (199 assists), Leonardo was the main setter for coach Courtney Durocher last year (176 assists, 28 aces), and that will be the case this year. With an experienced setter, Durocher will have some more flexibility with the offensive game plan.
Olivia McGrath, Senior – Mansfield
Mansfield returns a strong core of players this season and will be looking to make a push back to the state tournament. One of the main pieces back is junior Olivia McGrath, who emerged as one of the top offensive options for the Hornets last season. As just a sophomore, McGrath was second on the team with 139 kills. Now with a year of experience under her belt, McGrath could be one of the top hitters in the Hockomock League. Mansfield has both setters back so there will be a lot of familiarity in its offense and McGrath will be one of the main weapons for the Hornet offense.
Alexa Quinones, Senior – stoughton
The 2019 Black Knights will have a bit of a different look this year, and that includes Alexa Quinones making the switch to the setter position. Stoughton graduated two strong middles two years ago and had to adjust last season with a new game plan. Now the Black Knights are looking to replace two strong setters/outside hitters so Stoughton will have to change things up offensively again. One big change will be Quinones as the setter after a strong year at outside hitter. She had 104 kills last season but will be looking to distribute to teammates this season. Having the experience of being on the floor at the varsity level should help make the transition go smoothly.
Catherine Waldeck, Senior – King Philip
Last season, King Philip was looking for someone to step into the primary attacking role that had been filled for the two seasons prior by league MVP Sydney Phillips. Catherine Waldeck emerged as the new top offensive option with a breakout season and now the senior will be looking to propel the Warriors to the top of the Kelley-Rex division. Waldeck led the Warriors with 173 kills last year, with a 58.8 kill percentage, and she was also a force at the net on defense with 38 blocks, good for second-best on the team. This season, KP knows who the top target will be on offense and the Warriors will be counting on Waldeck to continue her growth into one of the league’s top hitters to ensure another tournament berth.