All-County girls volleyball
Player of the Year: Allison Palmi (Jr., OHS)
All-County team: Harmony: Bryn Hudson, Brittany Landrum, Autumn Rogers. St. Cloud: Abbie Tutor, Kaylee Tutor, Samantha Singleton, Brooke Singleton. Osceola: Malina Spencer, Crystal Montoyo. Gateway: Naigelys Munoz. Tohopekaliga: Jeila Fullerton.
Osceola junior poised to break school's career record for kills
For the third year in a row, the Osceola News-Gazette Girls Volleyball Player of the Year honors go to a player coached by her mom.
Haylie Clark, now playing collegiately at Elon University, won the last two years at Harmony playing for Jeannie Clark. This year, the award goes to Osceola junior Allison Palmi, the oldest of Kowgirls’ Coach Carrie Palmi’s six children.
The leading hitter on the 20-7 district champion Osceola team, Allison broke the school’s single-season kills record (475, breaking the mark of 461), and is within about two dozen (1155) of the career mark set by former two-time Player of the Year Aspen Dangren (1178).
“Going into this year she was kind of one-dimensional at the net, but now she’s working on different tips and changing angles at the net,” Coach Palmi said. “Blockers and defenses are having a very hard knowing what’s coming, so she’s becoming more effective as a hitter. “
It doesn’t take being related to either Palmi to see that Allison, as a junior, already possesses the capability to take over a match with her hitting and serving.
“I’ve definitely changed,” said the younger Palmi, who took up the game at age 8, actually late for her family. “The more I play the more confident I get, and the better I play. I’ve gained more maturity and more experience, and our whole coaching staff has helped, we’ve practiced hard and the team kept pushing me, which made me better.”
Allison said her junior season with the Kowgirls was solid, with another district title, but the regional playoff match, a three-set loss to Vero Beach at home, still sticks with her.
“That was a tough loss, because we had prepared a lot and were ready to go,” she said. “The season ending that way will help us next year in wanting more.”
And Palmi’s senior season can’t come fast enough, she said.
“I’m working on becoming a smarter player and really mixing up my shots,” she said. “Next year I hope to be a better version of the player I was this past season.”
She has one more year to develop before crashing the college level, but she’s already orally committed to attend University of the Incarnate Word, a Division I program in San Antonio, Texas.
“I’m not saying this because she’s my daughter, but she’s grown into becoming the best player in this county,” said Coach Carrie Palmi, who has experience coaching family – she also coached her sisters and Allison’s aunts Megan and Colleen Arago at OHS.