Team and conference honors for the 2012 Lanesboro High School girls' volleyball squad have now been released. Head coach Bobbie Vickerman reported that five Burros have won honors for their efforts this fall.

Leading the list is senior outside hitter Sydney Johnson, who has won Honorable Mention on the SEC All-Conference team. An all-around performer, Johnson frequently led the team in serving, hitting and passing, and often produced multiple digs as well.

In team voting, junior outside hitter Kaia Hongerholt was named Most Valuable Player for 2012. "She was that stable player that is always consistent," Vickerman noted. "Kaia played every position, and she was a good hitter, a good passer and a good server... she was one of our most reliable players."

The Most Improved Player Award went to junior defensive specialist Amy Kelly. Although she didn't play many varsity minutes last year, Kelly developed into one of the best passers on the team in 2012, Vickerman said. She also made great strides at the service line, helping the Burros develop as the year progressed.

Senior Ashley Bue, who also played in the back row at DS, won the Most Dedicated Award. "She's just one of those girls that always have a smile on their face whether they play all the time or not," Vickerman noted. "She'd dedicated to being with her friends and playing the sport... Whenever she was thrown into the game, she was ready."

Senior libero Megan Kiehne was honored with the Hustle Award for 2012. As a team captain, Kiehne was a player that the other girls looked up to all year, Vickerman stated. "She always worked hard, and was always ready to give it her all, no matter what."

"The thing we really tried to work hard on was enjoying the game, having fun and trying to improve," Vickerman said of her initial campaign as head coach. "As the year went on, we did improve."

"We had close games with many teams, and I think that a lot of teams were actually surprised by us, which was a compliment.

Even though LHS finished with just one win this season, they were involved in several marathon matches that could have easily gone the other way.

"What a great group of girls they were," Vickerman concluded. "They focused on their academics, and they got it together on the court as well."