IONE — Tresslyn McCurry not only made a statement this season on the volleyball court, but she also put herself in the history books at Ione High School.
The 6-foot-1 senior middle blocker was named the Big Sky League player of the year by the league coaches. According to school records, she is the first Ione female athlete in any sport to earn such an honor.
“It’s pretty amazing,” McCurry said. “Honestly, a little, I thought I’d make first team.”
Rounding out the first team were Faith McCarty and Tylene Skillman of Echo, Reese Millis and Laurynn Davis of South Wasco County, Jaelyn Justesen of Sherman County, and Emily Crawford of Dufur.
The Cardinals finished fourth in the Big Sky at 6-6 and 9-10 overall, but there was no denying that McCurry stood out. She averaged 12 kills and four blocks a match. She also was one of the team’s top servers and defensive players.
“She is a great kid, and she works really hard in practice,” Ione/Arlington coach Teren Humphrey said. “She was always wanting to work to get better. She is a great athlete. She really was dominant.”
McCurry was one of four seniors on a team that will return a lot of talent next year.
“I love the girls I play with, and to see them transition is amazing,” McCurry said. “It sucks I won’t be there next year.”
McCurry who plans on playing basketball and tennis to finish out the school year, has drawn interest from Blue Mountain Community College for volleyball, but said she will keep her options open.
“I want to see where I can get the best offer,” said McCurry, who would like to major in business/accounting.
McCurry was joined on the all-league team by teammates Eva Martin, Emma Rietmann and Megan Doherty, who all were named to the honorable mention team.
Echo’s Natalie Toombs was named to the second team, while Elliot Glenn made the honorable mention team.