Stock set for senior season

JOHNSTOWN – Heading into her senior season on the Johnstown High School volleyball team, Annie Stock has had a busy summer.

Stock competed for the Iroquois-Empire Volleyball Association Junior International Team at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships.

The tournament, which took place in Tulsa, Okla., from July 22 to 26, featured 12 teams from across the country.

“It was definitely a high level of play,” Stock said. “It only benefitted me though.”

The IREVA Junior International Team placed 11th, going 1-7 in its eight matches.

“I learned a lot from going out there,” Stock said.

Just making the team was an accomplishment, as 290 players tried out for the team and just 12 earned a trip to Oklahoma.

After making the squad, Stock trained with the team for a week at the State University of New York at Oneonta before traveling to Tulsa.

“It was fun. It was a good experience,” Stock said.

The senior standout will look to lead the Lady Bills to a fourth straight Section II Class B title this season and a fourth straight rip to the state semifinals.

Last year, Johnstown went 17-2 overall, losing the state championship match to Owego Free Academy.

“Hopefully, we can make it as far as we did last year,” Stock said. “We lost a lot of key players. We’ve got some good players back though, and we’re working hard.”

Stock was named first-team all-state in Class B. She also was named the Foothills Council’s Most Valuable Player, after helping Johnstown to the league title with a 13-1 Foothills mark.

Stock also was named a first-team Foothills Council all-star in 2011 and 2012.

Stock also helped the Johnstown girls basketball team reach the Section II Class B title game last March.