Hongerholt honored by conference
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 9:46 AM
Lanesboro senior Kaia Hongerholt has earned an Honorable Mention Award on the All-SEC volleyball team. Hongerholt was one of eight players at outside hitter who were included on the first team or honorable mention lists.
"She was a strong, positive leader for our team," coach Christine Knutson reported.
SEC East champion Mabel-Canton placed six players on the first team. Senior outside hitter Belle Sand not only appeared for a fourth time, but also was named All-Conference Player of the Year for a fourth straight season, the only SEC netter ever to earn that distinction. Senior outside hitter Lydia Geving made a third-straight appearance for the Cougars, as did senior setter Carly McCabe. Other M-C players included senior middle hitter Sara Lind, senior libero Christine Lee (who was honorable mention in 2012), and freshman right-side hitter/setter Coranda Vickerman. Junior middle hitter Sara Vettleson-Trutza was M-C's 2013 Honorable Mention.
SEC West champion Lyle/Pacelli placed three players on the first team, all of whom can return next year. Middle hitters Sarah Holtz (Honorable Mention 2012) and Madison Truckenmiller made the list, along with setter Courtney Walter. Holtz and Walter are sophomores, while Truckenmiller is a junior. Outside hitter Bethany Strouf earned Honorable Mention.
Senior middle hitter Nicki Ellingson joined a select group of Spring Grove netters, making a third straight appearance on the All-Conference first team. Setter Jordan Anderson became only the fifth Spring Grove girl to make the All-SEC team as a sophomore. Senior outside hitter Tara Solberg earned Honorable Mention for a second straight season.
Houston placed two players on the squad, with senior outside hitter Abbey Loken making her second appearance, and senior middle hitter Natalie King her first. Junior setter Alexa Horihan made Honorable Mention.
Middle hitter Samantha Siskow, a sophomore, represented LeRoy-Ostrander on the first team. Senior teammate Naomi Woltmann (at setter/right-side hitter) earned Honorable Mention.
Schaeffer Academy placed junior outside hitter Hannah Harris on the squad. Classmate Emily Baber, a junior, made Honorable Mention for her play at setter.
Grand Meadow sophomore Rio Landers played middle hitter and made the All-SEC team. Senior outside hitter Caitlyn Snyder was the Superlark Honorable Mention.
Senior Dakota Ellinghuysen represents Hope Lutheran on the All-SEC team for a second straight season. She played at middle hitter. Teammate Bailey Bautch, a senior, earned Honorable Mention at setter.
Glenville-Emmons junior Madi Zeibell played middle hitter, and earned a second straight appearance on the Honorable Mention list.