By KEVIN HARRIS
> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
Every volleyball team needs a great setter to have a successful season and that was definitely the case for Floyd Central during the 2013 campaign.
The 29-9 Highlanders won the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament, their first Class 4A sectional championship since 2009 and their first 4A regional crown in four years.
And a lot of the credit for that success goes to their All-State setter, Remi Bowman.
The junior delivered a team-high 965 assists and served a team-high 47 aces along with leading Floyd Central in serving percentage. Plus she had 240 service points, 230 digs and 58 blocks.
Those statistics, which enabled Floyd Central to have a stellar season, have earned Bowman the 2013 News and Tribune Area Player of the Year honor.
“It’s a great honor because I know a ton of players from my team and this area who had great seasons. It’s really a great honor for me,” Bowman said.
The Player of the Year award is one of several accolades that Bowman has gotten for her 2013 season. She made a return appearance to the All-Hoosier Hills Conference team. Bowman also made the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association All-State first team after being selected to the All-State second team in 2012. On Sunday, Bowman will be trying out for the Indiana Junior All-Star team.
“She was obviously very critical during the season,” Floyd Central coach Bart Powell said. “She has improved by leaps and bounds over the last year. Her serve is the best on the team.”
The one thing Bowman was most proud of during the Highlanders’ season was their improvement from the start of the campaign until their loss to eventual Class 4A state champion Avon in the Class 4A Seymour Semistate semifinal on Nov. 2. She also liked how her team’s overall chemistry developed.
“I felt like we improved a lot. Our passing was so good this season, and we tried some new things with our hitters,” Bowman said. “I thought at the beginning of the season, we weren’t playing together at all. But we meshed by the end of the season. We became more of a team.”
With herself and several key players returning next season, Bowman thinks Floyd Central has a chance to win a Class 4A state title.
“I think we can go all the way at state as long as we keep working hard,” Bowman said.
Bowman has already given a verbal commitment to play college volleyball at Iowa State. The main reason Bowman wants to play for the Cyclones is because of the success of their coach, Christy Johnson-Lynch.
“She does a lot of good things at Iowa State. She has helped a lot of setters improve their games,” Bowman said. “Everything felt right when I visited the campus.”
Bowman enjoyed some success prior to the 2013 high school season.
She played on a USA Volleyball youth team that won the gold medal in the girls’ international youth division at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships last July in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Bowman also earned a spot on the all-tournament team.
NEWS AND TRIBUNE ALL-AREA VOLLEYBALL TEAM
Remi Bowman, Floyd Central (Area Player of the Year)
Patricia Mattingly, Providence
Taylor Wilson, Providence
Caroline Ricks, New Washington
Sydney Engle, Floyd Central
Krista Boesing, Christian Academy
Haley Libs, Providence
Alexis Lete, New Albany
Jacquie Hornung, Providence
Danni Densford, Silver Creek
Gwyn Jones, Floyd Central
Ali Sparkman, Clarksville
Ashley Johnson, New Washington
Morgan Reining, Silver Creek
Audrey Shannon, Providence
Courtney Rappe, Henryville
Audrey Donastorg, New Albany
Sierra Rayzor, Christian Academy
Jena Reinhardt, Jeffersonville; Maddie Bivens, Providence; Kendra Kirchgessner, Silver Creek; Liz Mann, Silver Creek; Kaitlyn Ramser, Silver Creek; Brooke Hinton, Floyd Central; Brook McCoy, New Albany; Emily Hollis, Henryville; Courtney Amick, New Washington; Whitney Sacksteder, Eastern; Laken Heavner, Eastern; Emily Eisenback, Eastern.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Terri Purichia, Providence