VOLLEYBALL: CANDOR'S HORNICK NAMED SECTION IV PLAYER OF THE YEAR
(2021-06-30)Tioga County Sports Report
CANDOR — Braelyn Hornick played a key role in Candor's march to a state title in 2019. While COVID-19 would prevent the senior and her Indian teammates from repeating again this season, it couldn't stop Hornick from displaying her talents on the high school court one last time.
Once again, she rocked opponents with her all-around play as the Indians repeated as IAC Small School champions.
This did not go unnoticed by the New York Volleyball Coaches Association, which recently voted Hornick its Spring 2021 Player of the Year for Section IV.
"Braelyn has been an integral part of the Candor volleyball program since she started playing in the fourth grade," Candor head coach Pam Quinlan said. "As a young setter on the varsity team, she immediately stepped into a leadership role on the team and has embraced that role whole-heartedly."
During the shortened season, Hornick led the team in service points (149) and service aces (48) in 40 sets. She handed out 316 assists on the season, averaging 7.9 assists per set.
"Braelyn strives to improve herself and her playing not just for the sole intent of growing her own skills, but also for the benefit of all of her teammates.
"Her charisma and her passion for volleyball, and for life in general, inspires and motivates those around her, both on and off the court.
"Braelyn is a true exemplar of the type of team player and student-athlete that our district was glad to have as a representative and she will be missed."
Hornick was also recognized recently as the Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year during ESPN Ithaca's 8th Annual Night of Champions.
That ceremony can be viewed at https://www.espnithaca.com/night-of-champions-2021.
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