Sports Director Joel Niemeyer announced the All Area Volleyball team this morning (Nov. 19) on the Area Sports Roundup. Nominees are given directly from the area head coaches, and then a panel of sportscasters vote on all of the nominees. Here are this year’s honorees:
All Area Volleyball Team 2011
Remington Werner, BLHS, Senior, Hitter: 323 kills, 35 ace serves, very accurate server, 41 blocks, 62 digs
Courtney Lemke, GSL, Junior, Setter: Hard Nosed player, leader of the team, very good reflexes, adjusts well. 700 set assists this season, 93 kills, 94% server.
Clarissa Ober, GSL, Junior, Middle Hitter: One of the top players in the area, good work ethic, force at the net. 430 kills, 48 digs, 73 blocks, 17 ace serves…being recruited by some D2 schools.
Lexi Platz, GFW, Senior, Middle: 392 kills, 88 digs, 95% serving, more awards and records than you can count. 1529 career kills is tops in school history, ranks #2 in career blocks and #3 all time in career digs. One of the top players in the state.
Bailey Koch, Litchfield, Junior, Middle: Teams Player of the Year, 358 kills, 89% serving, .293 hitting efficiency, 34 ace serves, 49 blocks, 249 digs. Ability to play any position on the court, great leader on and off the court, a big play player that wants the ball in tough situations.
Lauren Highland, Sibley East, Senior, Setter: Team MVP, All Conf HM, 434 set assists, 17 ace serves, 43 kills, 85 digs, 22 blocks, heart and soul of the team, vocal leader of the team, great skill on a team that struggled a bit.
Nicole Nelson, DC, Senior, Setter/Rightside: All Conf HM, 2011 team captain, 3 year letter winner, 504 set assists, 51 ace serves, 116 kills, 22 blocks, 224 digs, good consistent player and leader.
Sara Carlson, Hutchinson, Senior, Outside: All Conference, All State Tournament team, 95% serving, 11 ace serves, 345 digs, 318 kills, 21 blocks, all around talent, very good on serve receive and outside attacker. One of the top players in the area.
Brianne Stamer, Hutchinson, Senior, Libero: All Conference, 98% serving, 15 ace serves, 601 digs, very good defensive player, able to read a situation well.
Ellie Van De Steeg, Hutchinson, Senior, Setter: All Conference, all state tournament team, 98% serving, 16 ace serves, 838 set assists, 201 digs, 35 kills, 26 blocks, very good passer and distributes the ball well.
Tyann Caspers, BOLD, Senior, Middle: All Conference, Captain, 311 kills, 69 blocks, 43 ace serves, 316 digs, Leader, knows the court well, good passion for the sport.
Nikki Neisen, BOLD, Senior, Middle: All Conference, team captain, 2010 West Central MVP, 269 kills, 51 blocks, 298 digs, 19 ace serves, 4 year starter, consistent player.
Emily Tschida, WM, Senior, Setter: 779 set assists, 169 digs, 23 ace serves, Captain, very positive attitude and encouraging teammate.
Jen Krentz, Mayer Lutheran, Senior, Libero: All Conference, All State first team, 95% serving, 451 digs, team leader, captain, top 10 in metro area for digs.
Ashlyn Hucky, Mayer Lutheran, Junior, Setter: All Conference, 625 set assists, 91% serving, 53 ace serves with a nasty jump serve, 125 kills, team leader, sometimes gets overlooked but a very good player.
Anna Pioske, Waconia, Junior, Outside Hitter: All Conference, All State, 459 kills, 270 digs, 64 blocks, a love of the game, good athlete and all around player.
Coach of the Year:
Dennis Piechowski, Hutchinson-helped the Tigers to a 26-5 record, undefeated WCC Championship, Section Championship, upset of then #1 Blaine, and a 4th place finish in the state tournament. All while playing up a class as one of the smallest Class 3A teams in the state.