Conference champion Knoxville placed three players on the All-SCC first team in volleyball. Katie Keitges, a junior, was a unanimous pick, Reilly Finarty, a sophomore, and Marley McKay, a sophomore were named to the team, suggesting the Panthers will have a lot to say about next year’s race.
Albia’s Abbey Griffin, a junior, was also named to the first team, along with Davis County seniors Bailea Yahnke (unanimous) and Shelby Motykowski. Grace Roberts, an Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont junior, rounded out the first team.
Albia’s Alex Beard, a junior, was a second team pick, along with EBF’s Emalee Davis, a sophomore and Taylor Caves, a senior. Davis County junior Kaden Porter, Centerville senior Chasity Cowan, Chariton senior Grace Bengston and Clarke senior Ashlynn Oehlert rounded out the second team.
Honorable mention went to juniors Ellie Spurgin and Abbie Martin of Albia and Albia senior Maddy Persons.
Brooke Shafer, a sophomore, Shelby Seddon, a senior and Ellie Breon, a junior, were honorable mention from EBF.
Knoxville’s Maggie Wilkins, sophomore, Kelsey Ryan, senior and Tara Uitermarkt, sophomore were honorable mention along with Davis County’s Hannah Schooley, junior and Brett Lough, junior.
Other honorable mention players included: Kayla Moore, sophomore,
Claire Mathews, sophomore and Caityln Krull, junior, Centerville; Natalie Ilyenko, senior, Macy Johnson, senior, Chariton; Deseree Stubbe, senior, Megan Liskens, senior, Audrey Kindred, senior, Clarke.
Knoxville captured the SCC crown with a perfect 6-0 record and was the only team in the conference to end with a winning overall record at 17-15. Davis County was runner-up, beating Albia in a five-set marathon in one of the final conference matches of the season. The Lady Dees avenged that loss in the tournaments and went on to play Davenport Assumption for a chance to get to state.
EBF struggled to a 3-3 conference mark and a 12-22 overall mark, but also battled into the regional finals, one game from state.
Albia returns all but one of their top players with Maddy Persons graduating. The Dees started two freshmen and three juniors at the end of the season and had another freshman and a sophomore as top reserves.