Published Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:50 am
State champions, college recruits lead All-Class volleyball selections

Three players from the All-Nebraska volleyball team highlight the All-Class A first team.

That trio consists of honorary captain Sydney O'Shaughnessy of Omaha Marian, Alexis Anderson of Millard West and Marysa Wilkinson of Lincoln Southwest. The other first-teamers are Toni Tupper of Lincoln Northeast, Meagen Roth of Lincoln Southeast, Aspen Green of Lincoln North Star and Brittany Witt of Marian.

Tupper, a Creighton recruit, led Class A in kills with 551. Roth finished with 521 kills and 479 digs for the Knights.

Green had 354 kills for the Navigators, who reached state for the first time since 2006. The 5-7 Witt finished with 647 digs for the state-champion Crusaders.

Class B

Two members of the All-Nebraska team, honorary captain Olivia Boender of Waverly and Sydney Townsend of Lincoln Pius X, highlight the All-Class B squad.

Other first-teamers are Erin Sorahan and Katie Placke of Grand Island Northwest, Taylor Thiele of Aurora, Sara Boothe of Lincoln Pius X and Kasey Hohlen of Norris.

Sorahan and Placke were key players for the Vikings. The 5-6 Sorahan had 376 kills and Placke finished with 240.

Thiele led 27-9 Aurora with 364 kills, Boothe dished out 944 assists for the Thunderbolts and Hohlen had 420 kills to help the Titans capture their first state title since 1991.

Class C-1

Kearney Catholic libero Morgan Stute, an All-Nebraska pick, is the honorary captain of the All-Class C-1 squad.

Other members of the first team are Megan Wickey of Omaha Concordia, Tiani Reeves of Gothenburg, Carlie Bauer of Minden, Kendall Schroer of Ogallala, Payton Chohon of Columbus Scotus and Shayla Conner of Kearney Catholic.

Wickey, an Ohio State recruit, finished with 390 kills for the Mustangs while Reeves belted 368 kills for the Swedes. Bauer had 396 kills and 281 digs for the Whippets.

Schroer led the Indians with 348 kills and 64 blocks, Chohon had 373 kills and 242 digs for the Shamrocks and Conner had 846 assists and 151 kills for the state champion Stars.

Class C-2

All-Nebraska selection Morgan Nikkila of Hastings St. Cecilia is the honorary captain of the All-Class C-2 team.

Also on the first team are Carley Remmers of Freeman, Maria Wortmann of Crofton, Kaylee Jensen of Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, Megan Gebhardt of Norfolk Lutheran, Clare Hamburger of St. Cecilia and Caitlin Peterson of Palmyra.

Remmers led the Falcons with 363 kills, Wortmann had 329 kills and 134 blocks for the 23-5 Warriors and Jensen belted 440 kills and had 121 blocks for the Bulldogs.

Gebhardt had 220 kills and 534 assists for the Eagles, Hamburger had 964 assists for the state-champion Hawkettes and Peterson had 635 digs for the Panthers.

Class D-1

Brooke Bauer of state champion O'Neill St. Mary's is the honorary captain of the All-Class D-1 team.

She's joined on the first team by Taylor Menke of Friend, Christy Swartzendruber of BDS, Hannah Kring of Axtell, Amanda Evert of Howells-Dodge and Krissy Krotter and Mackenzie Wecker of St. Mary's.

Bauer had 238 kills, 148 blocks and 40 aces for the Cardinals, who won their first state title. Menke had 396 kills for the Bulldogs, Swartzendruber led BDS in kills (374), digs (630) and aces (59), and Kring had 368 kills for the Lady Cats.

Evert dished out 845 assists for the 25-9 Jaguars, Krotter had 212 kills and her St. Mary's teammate Wecker had 387 digs as the Cardinals' libero.

Class D-2

Jordan Lempka of Sterling, who helped the Jets return to the state tournament for the seventh time, is the All-Class D-2 honorary captain.

Other first-team members are Dani Most and Darby Hinrichs of state-champion Giltner, Brittany Shipp and Allison Mason of Bertrand, Riley Funk of Ewing and Maddison Nygren of Mead.

Lempka had 646 kills, a D-2 record. Most had a team-high 478 kills for the Hornets while Hinrichs had 335 kills and 408 digs.

Shipp had 845 assists for the 32-2 Vikings while her teammate Mason had 535 digs. Funk led Ewing with 431 kills, 484 digs and 73 aces while Nygren had 249 kills and 289 digs for the 26-6 Raiders.

Contact the writer: Mike Patterson    |   402-444-1350    |  

Mike covers high school sports, primarily volleyball in the fall, girls basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring and summer.

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