Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Another accolade for Trevor Novotny

from yesterday's JSOnline.Com --

Boys volleyball
Catholic Memorial's Novotny player of year
By Dave Boehler, Special to the Journal Sentinel
Nov. 30, 2010

The season couldn't have gone any better for Catholic Memorial's Trevor Novotny.

The Crusaders boys volleyball team not only won state, but the junior also was named state player of the year by the Wisconsin Boys Volleyball Coaches Association.

Now, Novotny adds Journal Sentinel area player of the year to his season accomplishments.

"It feels great," Novotny said. "It's an incredible feeling but not something you really expect to get as a junior. But all the hard work and practice I put in paid off for me and I had a great season.

"It makes you extremely proud of yourself, but at the same time, you're doing this as a team game. It inspires me to go out and work harder and be able to do the same thing again."
The outside hitter finished with 493 kills, 186 digs, 70 aces and 43 blocks to go with a .390 hitting percentage.

"He's extremely athletic, and a dynamic and explosive hitter," said Mike Hanneman, Catholic Memorial's coach the last eight years. "Not only is he good offensively, he anticipates the ball on defense and that makes him a good defender as well. He's also got a jump-serve that's a weapon for us.

"He's really good under pressure and our go-to guy in clutch situations. He's also our leader on the court and was a captain this year."

Novotny started playing volleyball in fifth grade because of his two older brothers, Tommy and Tyler.

"Ever since they started playing, I looked up to them," Novotny said. "I got inspired and wanted to play because of them. I got the love of the game and wanted to continue that."

Novotny started on varsity when he was a freshman and has led Catholic Memorial to three consecutive Classic 8 Conference championships.

He received all-conference honorable mention his first season, first-team all-Classic 8 as a sophomore and was named league player of the year as a junior.

This past summer, Novotny played for the West Allis Lightning and led the team to the Junior National Championship in the 16-and-under division in Austin, Texas, and also was named the most valuable player of the tournament.

He then led the Crusaders to a 7-0 record in league play this season.

"He's improved a lot. Even since last year, too," Hanneman said. "In all aspects. He got more athletic, jumps higher and is more explosive. He's become a more well-rounded player."

Novotny, who has at least five Division I schools showing interest, plans to continue to improve.
"It feels great, but I'm still going to put in the hard work and try to become a better player," he said.

Coach of the year: Mike Hanneman, Memorial. The Crusaders beat Milwaukee Marquette, 25-20, 25-22, 25-15, in the state championship to claim their first title since 2000.
"It was well-deserved," Marquette coach Eric Sullivan said at the time. "They were a tough team to beat."

Memorial swept all three matches in the two-day state tournament, giving Hanneman his first championship after finishing runner-up four times.


Also to be congratulated foring being named to the J-S All-Area Team:

Dan Casper, sr., Catholic Memorial: The libero tallied 327 digs and 33 aces, and was called the anchor in his team's passing and defense. "His accurate passing has allowed us to use our middles effectively and in turn puts our outsides in good positions to get kills," Memorial coach Mike Hanneman said.

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