Farlow named to All-State Team

By on July 20, 2016

 

Ephrata senior Nick Farlow, who became the first Mount to reach 1,000 career kills, was recently named to the PVCA AAA Boys Volleyball All-State Team. (Photo by Steve Heydt)

Ephrata senior Nick Farlow, who became the first Mount to reach 1,000 career kills, was recently named to the PVCA AAA Boys Volleyball All-State Team. (Photo by Steve Heydt)

Ephrata senior boys volleyball player Nick Farlow picked up another post-season honor recently, one that recognizes him as one of the best in the State.

The 2016 Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Class AAA all-state team was released last week and Farlow was one of eight District Three players named to the squad.

The 6-foot-4 middle hitter for the Mounts joined Hempfield’s Tyler Buterbaugh, Nick Oleksa and Logan Smiley, Penn Manor’s Dan Fry, Sam Greenslade and Reuben Kemrer, as well as Hayden Wagner of Central York.

Farlow led Ephrata to a season of firsts this past spring. The Mounts captured their first-ever Section Two championship, made deep runs in both the L-L League and District Three playoffs, and qualified for the State Tournament for the first time in history.

The Mounts closed out their historic campaign at 18-5.

Farlow had a big hand in the Mounts’ success. He set Ephrata’s single season record in kills with 575 on his way to becoming the first Ephrata volleyball player to reach 1,000 career kills, finishing with 1,433. He also broke the Ephrata single-mark in hitting attempts (1,051) while collecting 57 aces (sixth in EHS history), 89 blocks (5th in school history) and 297 digs (fifth all-time at EHS).

He also set the single match record for kills this past spring, hitting 38 winners in a match vs. Lancaster Mennonite.

In addition to his all-state selection, he was named a First Team L-L All-Star for the third-straight season, became the first EHS player named section MVP and was a District Three AAA First Team All-Star.

Ephrata Coach Bob Witwer said Farlow was well-deserving of his accolades.

“What can I say about his accomplishments?,” he said. “He is an incredibly talented player who has succeeded at every level he has ever played. We asked him to be our focal point of the team and he never faltered. Even as freshman or sophomore he played the key role in our team. There are times when we really rode his back and he took us to success. Other opponents knew he was getting the ball and still had trouble stopping him. As a coach, I see things like he was always the first to arrive at practice and was an incredibly respected teammate and co-captain for the last three seasons with Alex Modrzecki.”

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