Perhaps it's only appropriate that in a year of repeat prep volleyball champions - 4A Bingham, 3A Springville and 1A Enterprise won second consecutive state crowns this fall - one of the four 1990 Deseret News volleyball MVPs is a repeat honoree.
Bingham's Debbie Dimond won a second straight 4A MVP award; meanwhile, second-year starting setter Stacey MacArthur of Springville earns the 3A MVP honors, MarKay Moss of Richfield won the 2A award in helping the Wildcats to their first volleyball title; and Ginger Dehart of Enterprise took the 1A MVP award.The four MVPs lead the 1990 Deseret News all-state volleyball teams.
The first- and second-team all-state selections and handful of honorable- mention honorees represent the top vote-getters in the coaches-ballot procedure currently used by the Deseret News. All volleyball coaches in the state are sent a ballot asking for their first- and second-team choices.
Returned ballots are then tabulated by the Deseret News.
Sandwiched between Dimond's '89 and '89 volleyball MVP honors was a similar MVP recognition in basketball for the girls' 1989-90 season.
En route to the Miners' 24-1 season, Dimond logged 123 kills, 81 solo blocks and a 96-percent service efficiency in region competition alone. Dimond and fellow second-year starter KaeCee Arnold were the only holdovers from Bingham's '89 championship team, with a host of newcomers led by Michelle Peterson to help out the title defense.
"Debbie's a real dominant front-row player," said Bingham Coach Ester Halliday of her 6-foot-3 senior standout who started for three years. "She's improved a lot on her hitting - we worked to make her a hitter this year, and she's now hard to read as a hitter."
MacArthur, a senior setter, was one of the constants in the experienced Red Devil lineup, joining teammates Julie Kirby, Tara Houtz and Mary Ellen Stover back as key players returning for a second straight 3A crown this year.
It was MacArthur who has set the tables for the Springville hitters for back-to-back state titles. But she excelled at more than just setting - in the Red Devils' four 3A playoff victories, MacArthur didn't have a single service error in 56 serves.
"She made herself a setter - she didn't have the hands for it at first," said Springville Coach Suzette Nelson. "She wasn't a team captain, but she was very much a captain on the floor because of what she has to do."
Moss showed all-around excellence in Richfield's balanced attack, which included the likes of Mindy Ogden and Julie Shaver.
Making an overall contribution, Moss could be found among the top two or three in the team's individual statistics in nearly every possible category - kills, blocks, serving, setting, receiving, digs and dinks.
Dehart led Enterprise this season in blocks with 154 and was second to teammate Cherri Shurtliff by only a pair of kills with a 168-kill total.
Dehart also scored 132 points on service.