CAMANCHE — Last year Kelsay McCausland played a strong supporting role on a Camanche Indians volleyball team that was led by all-stater and Clinton Herald Area Player of the Year Shea Meyermann. This year McCausland was second to none and is the 2006 Herald Player of the Year.

The heavy-hitting McCausland led the Camanche Indians to another fine season. The 5-foot-11 powerhouse helped Camanche compile a 26-13 record.

She led the Indians with 362 kills and had a sparkling efficiency mark of .316.

McCausland, who was also named the Most Valuable Player of the Big East Conference, becomes the fifth Camanche player to win the Herald Area Player of the Year award in its nine years of existence, following in the footsteps of Shea Meyermann (2005), Ashley Steines (2003) and Erin Hagge and Drew Meyermann (2000).

McCausland was happy with both her team’s season and her own accomplishments in the program’s first season under new head coach Katrina House and after losing standouts Shea Meyermann and Heather Hoge to graduation.

“As a team we did better than I expected us to do,” she said. “It was a lot different than it was last year. We had a totally different team. We had to rely on our teammates more.

“It made us play more as a team than we had before. It was definitely something new for me. It was a challenge, but I liked it. Personally, I’m pretty happy with what I did. I met some goals that I had.”

McCausland had long had lofty expectations to live up to.

“I’ve always bee one of the tallest girls in my class, and most tall girls are expected to be pretty good at volleyball and basketball,” she said.

One match stood out from the others for McCausland this season.

“The Midland match in the conference tournament when we fought off four match points was a big win for us,” she said of the Indians’ 17-21, 22-20, 15-9 conference tournament quarterfinal win. “Then, we came back and ended up winning the whole tournament.”

Camanche won the conference tournament despite being just the No. 4 seed.

“There was some motivation to show people that we were better than everybody thought,” she said.

McCausland has not made her college plans of yet.

“I’d like to do both volleyball and track if I can,” said McCausland, who is a Drake Relays and state track place winner as a thrower. “I haven’t decided on anything yet.”

House sang the praises of McCausland.

“Kelsay is a great person and a wonderful athlete,” she said. “She was a pleasure to coach. She will be an outstanding addition to whatever college team she goes to.”

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