Macomb TownshipNovember 18, 2013
Dakota's Snyder earns Miss Volleyball award
Senior outside hitter dominates the vote
By Jason Carmel Davis
Macomb Dakota senior Carli Snyder, left, was named Michigan Miss Volleyball for 2013 in a press conference held Nov. 18 at Dakota. Snyder is pictured with Cougars coach Tracie Ferguson, who guided the Cougars to the program's first state title in 2012.
MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Dakota senior outside hitter Carli Snyder was named Miss Volleyball for the state of Michigan.
The award, presented by the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association Nov. 18, is presented annually to the best volleyball player in the state. Snyder, who will play at the University of Florida on a full athletic scholarship, is the 12th recipient of the award.
“I don’t know what to say. I’m shaking,” Snyder said during a press conference held at Dakota Nov. 18. “I got called into the office and I thought I was in trouble for my attendance. I’ve never been called into the office before. I was so scared."
Miss Volleyball chair Jenny Thundberg said Snyder ran away with the voting.
The Dakota senior, who helped push the team to a 2012 Michigan High School Athletic Association Class A state title in 2012, notched 326 points. Runner-up Sierra Hubbard-Neil of Battle Creek St. Philip tallied 126 points. The third-place finisher, Birmingham Marian’s Jessie Kopmeyer, received 87 points.
“It’s a great individual award to get. I think it reflects so much on the great coaches, teammates and support I’ve had. I couldn’t have done it without having the best teammates for four years, and I’d never want to play for anybody other than (Dakota coach Tracie Ferguson).”
“This doesn’t happen very often. Only one player in the state gets this honor each year, and we’re happy it’s one of our own,” said Ferguson, in her sixth year with the Dakota program. “It’s been an honor to coach Carli. She’s more than deserving of this award, and I’m so glad the state of Michigan felt the same way we all do.”