All-Herald Volleyball Team

Grand Meadow's Cortney Olson wrapped up her senior season with a 277 kills, 45 blocks and 36 aces. She ended her varsity career with 622 kills. -- Illustration by Eric Johnson/


Setter — Madison Worke, Blooming Prairie

The sophomore finished with 681 set assists, 62 kills, 77 complete blocks, 31 ace blocks, 32 ace serves, and 128 digs for BP (21-8 overall). Worke earned her 1,000th career assist mid-way through the season. Worke connected on 95 percent of her saves.

Setter — Rachel Czaplewski, Hayfield

The senior finished with 376 set assists, 133 kills, 47 ace serves, 57 total blocks and 116 digs for the Vikings (19-8 overall).

Libero — Jessica Jennings, LeRoy-Ostrander

The senior had a ratio of 2.65 to 3 on serve receives as she racked up an area’s best 491 digs. Jennings also had a serving percentage of 95 to go along with 19 aces for the Cardinals (20-10 overall).

LeRoy-Ostrander junior Becca Bunne was one of the Cardinals most consistent hitters with 297 kills but was also a threat behind the serving line, finishing the season with a serve percentage of 94 percent.

Hitter — Becca Bunne, LeRoy-Ostrander

The junior was the most conistent hitter for the Cardinals (20-10 overall) as she racked up an area’s best 297 kills to go along with 18 ace serves. Bunne had a serving percentage of 94.

Hitter — Dani Wagner, Hayfield

The junior racked up 296 kills, 218 digs and 33 ace serves. Wagner also had 125 total blocks (54 solo).

Hitter — Cortney Olson, Grand Meadow

The senior had 277 kills, with a kill percentage of 41 to go along with her 45 blocks and 36 aces. Olson finishes her career with 622 kills for the Superlarks (15-11 overall).


Setter — Megan Grant, LeRoy-Ostrander

The senior, who played in every minute of every match, had 554 assists and 25 ace serves for the Cardinals. Grant had a serving percentage of 94.

Setter — Elizabeth May, Southland
The senior was a force all over as she finished with 157 kills, 210 digs, 172 set assists and 41 ace blocks for the Rebels (9-20 overall).

Libero — Nicole Inwards, Blooming Prairie

The sophomore set a new school record with 378 digs for the Awesome Blossoms. She also hit 94.8 percent of her serves to go along with 29 aces.

Hitter — Alex Hansen, Austin

The sophomore had a strong debut season for the Packers (1-20 overall) as she racked up 112 kills, 121 digs, 32 blocks and 14 ace serves, while hitting on 80 percent of her serves.

Hitter — Taylor Hagen, Blooming Prairie

The sophomore led BP in kills (195) for the second straight season, she led the team and the area in blocks with 197 and set a school record with 98 ace blocks. Hagen also had 37 ace serves, 38 digs and had a kill percentage of 43.3.

Hitter — Sarah Holtz, Lyle-Pacelli

The freshman had 189 kills and 138 digs for LP (9-16 overall), while also finishing with 57 total blocks (26 ace blocks).


Jess Foster, setter, Hayfield

The junior finished with 389 set assists, 84 kills, 154 digs, and 23 ace serves.

Jana Schammel, setter, Southland
In her first season as a setter, the senior finished with 162 kills, 151 digs, 188 set assists, 47 ace serves, and 45 ace blocks.

Jenna Krell, hitter, Blooming Prairie

The senior had 174 kills, 13 ace serves, 157 digs, 32 complete blocks and 14 ace blocks. Krell was 91.5 percent on playable serve receives.

Janelle Morem, hitter, Blooming Prairie

The senior was three ace serves shy of a school record with 54 while hitting on 91 percent of her serves. She also had 103 kills, despite not playing in the front row much early in the season. Morem, a four-year starter, added 266 digs.

Jo Bungum, hitter, Hayfield

The sophomore finished her first full varsity season with 177 kills and 235 digs.

Audra Durhman, hitter, Grand Meadow

The senior finished with 200 kills, 55 ace serves and 81 digs.

Jenna Svoboda, setter, Austin

The four-year starter finished her career with a strong season as she had 156 set assists, 113 digs, 45 kills, 30 blocks and 12 ace serves for the Packers. Svoboda connected on 80 percent of her serves.

Autumn Thorsen, setter, Grand Meadow

The senior had 428 set assists, 88 digs, 53 kills, 53 ace serves and 19 blocks. Thorsen finishes her career with 1,016 set assists.

Ann Rysavy, hitter, Lyle-Pacelli

The junior had 126 kills, 146 digs, 36 ace serves and 48 blocks (12 ace blocks).



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