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Oviedo High’s volleyball coach and its top player both take home coveted Dairy Farmers awards.

The dynamic duo of Oviedo High School volleyball coach Jen Darty and star setter/right-side hitter Savannah Vach, who helped lead the Lions to a 28-4 record and the Class 9A state championship this past fall, were both selected as the state’s best by Florida Dairy Farmers. Coach Darty was named 2018 Girls’ Volleyball Coach of the Year, and Savannah was named 2018 Miss Volleyball.

This is the first time that Coach Darty has received the award as the state’s best coach, although she was nominated for the honor in 2013 after leading the Lions to the Class 7A state title and being named Class 7A Coach of the Year. Savannah, who graduated early from OHS and has since enrolled at the University of Miami, is the school’s second player to win the state’s top award. Courtney Furlong, who currently plays at the University of South Carolina, was named Florida’s Miss Volleyball in 2014.

Savannah, 18, also received a couple of prestigious national honors recently. PrepVolleyball.com named her its National Senior Player of the Year, and she was also the only girl from Florida selected to play in the Under Armour All-America High School Volleyball Match, which took place December 14 at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

The 5-foot-11 Savannah led the Lions in kills (417) and was second in assists (516), defensive digs (348), and service aces (30). She was also third on the team in blocks (55).

“I am so proud of Savannah for being selected as Florida’s Miss Volleyball,” Coach Darty says. “She is an incredibly talented volleyball player who continued to raise the bar for herself and her teammates every time we took the floor. We experienced a tremendous amount of success this season, and Savannah was a big part of that.”

Coach Darty, who has a 169-65 record in eight seasons as Oviedo’s head coach, expressed thanks to the Florida Dairy Farmers organization and selection committee for the honor.

“I am humbled and honored to be selected as the Florida Dairy Farmers Coach of the Year,” she says. “I love what I do and give all the credit to my players and my assistant coaches.”

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