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Maplewood’s Thomas Named YDL Sports Network/D9and10Sports D10 Volleyball MVP; All-District Team Named

Sadie Thomas of Maplewood is the YDL Sports Network District 10 Volleyball MVP for 2022. Photo by Nicole Mailliard Neely. Photo courtesy of Maplewood volleyball

WARREN, Pa. – Sadie Thomas is a state champion forever, and that is the reason she is the 2022 YDL Sports Network/ District 10 Volleyball MVP powered by All American Awards & Engraving.

Thomas led Maplewood to the PIAA Class 1A state championship – as well as the District 10 title – by averaging 6.77 kills (481 kills), 3.6 digs (258 digs), and 1.6 aces (111 aces) per set while hitting .319. That included a 19-kill, 8-dig, 3-ace performance in a 3-0 win over West Branch in the PIAA championship game.

Joining Thomas in being honored with major awards are her coach, Sheila Bancroft, as the YDL Sports Network/ District 9 Coach of the Year, and her freshman teammate, Maggie Means.

Bancroft led Maplewood to its sixth PIAA championship (4 in Class 2A, 2 in Class 1A) with the 1A victory. It was her fifth as the Tigers’ girls’ coach and she also has a title as the Maplewood boys’ coach. The Tigers finished the season 22-1 and twice avenged the lone loss of the season, which came in September to Cochranton, including in the District 10 title match. Maplewood didn’t lose a set in postseason play going a perfect 21-0 in postseason action.


Means had a strong rookie campaign as both a server and defensive player for Maplewood. She recorded 185 digs and 47 aces ranking third on her team in digs and fourth in aces.

In addition to the major award winners, first- and second-team All-District 10 teams were also named. Those teams are listed below.


Player of the Year: Sadie Thomas, Maplewood
Rookie of the Year: Maggie Means, Maplewood
Coach of the Year: Shelia Bancroft, Maplewood

First Team

Setter: Bailey Varndell, Sr., Maplewood
Hitter: Devyn Sokol, Sr, Cochranton
Hitter: Kaylee Mattera, Sr., Conneaut
Hitter: Sadie Thomas, Sr., Maplewood
Hitter: Emma Parks, So., Meadville
Libero: McKenna Crawford, Sr., Maplewood

Second Team

Setter: Grace Sanfilippo, Jr., North East
Hitter- Sylvia Prebor, Sr., Conneaut
Hitter: Macy Testa, Sr., McDowell
Hitter: Cadence Jones, Jr., North East
Hitter: Kylie Fehlman, Jr., Warren
Hitter: Kennedy Beatty, Jr., West Middlesex
Libero: Taylor Elchysnki, Sr., Corry

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