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Atlantic Valley Players Make All Shore Conference

By J. Titus, 12/11/10, 8:56AM EST


AVVC All Shore First Teamers!


Position Athlete School Year

Setter Kelsey Gesicki Southern 12

Outside Hitter Jet Manzi Marlboro 10
Outside Hitter Sam Volk Southern 12

Middle Hitter Kristen Gelenitis Red Bank Catholic 11
Middle Hitter Alli Beaty Colts Neck 12

Defensive specialist Katie Mancini Southern 12
Middle Hitter Samantha Guastella Red Bank Catholic 12



Position Athlete School Year

Setter Brittany Elsasser Barnegat 11
Outside Hitter Maggie Preston Freehold 11

Outside hitter Lili Meng Marlboro 11
Outside Hitter Tierney Henderson Barnegat 12

Outside Hitter Ashley Burton Manchester 12
Middle Hitter Christa Evans Jackson Memorial 12

Middle Hitter Emily Lutkewitte Marlboro 12


Position:Outside hitter
Highlights:Manzi led the sixth-year Mustangs to their first Shore Conference divisional title in history as they went 9-1 in Class A North. They went 23-6 overall, setting a school single-season wins record. The 5-foot-6 Manzi wound up with 68 aces and 262 kills. Manzi was the driving force behind the team's success as she was able to transmit her enthusiasm, competitiveness and determination to her teammates. Manzi was one of the most powerful hitters in the Shore Conference and was a student of the game as she was rarely out of position and knew how to adjust. A former gymnast, Manzi began playing volleyball as a sixth-grader. Now totally dedicated to volleyball, Manzi also plays with the Geva Volleyball Club in Watchung Hills.

School:Red Bank Catholic
Year: Junior
Position: Middle hitter
Highlights:Gelenitis was a key reason the first-year Caseys went 11-1 to win Shore Conference Class B North and finished at 17-8 overall. The 5-foot-10 Gelenitis notched 62 blocks, 49 aces, 108 kills and 70 digs. Gelenitis, one of the Caseys' three captains, was one of their most experienced players as she has played at the club level for a number of years. Gelenitis displayed excellent ball control skills and was very quick despite her height. The owner of excellent leaping ability, she exhibited quickness to the ball.