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2019 SD High School Volleyball Players of the Year

Now that the season is wrapped up, here are the top varsity volleyball players in South Dakota by class.

Class AA

Player of the Year
SchoolServingAttackingOther StatsCareer

Sophie Tietz

Watertown

85.8%, 38 aces

265 kills
32.3% kill efficiency

99 blocks
131 digs

Kills: 659
Kill Efficiency: .277
Aces: 106
Digs: 271
Blocks: 340

Coach Rosemary Bellum: "Sophie is a phenomenal athlete. She's 5'10" but has a 30" vertical and can out jump most of her opponents at the net. Sophie can also see and anticipate the opposing teams’ attacks, either to block or put back attacks. Sophie is the new Watertown Career block leader with 340, surpassing Marcelina Glab."

Check out her state title highlights.

Other Nominees
Player
SchoolStats

Liz Denevan

Sioux Falls Roosevelt

834 assists (7.8 ast/s), 248 digs, 79 kills, 20 blocks

Meghan Heggelund

Watertown

281 kills (3.4 k/s), 32 blocks

Havyn Heinz

Huron

51 aces, 91.8 serve%, 563 digs (7.0 d/s)

Phekran Kong

Sioux Falls Washington

257 kills (3.0 k/s), 92 blocks (1.1 b/s)

Tatum Kooima

Sioux Falls Roosevelt

595 digs (5.6 d/s) 53 aces

Brooklyn Kusler

Aberdeen Central

294 kills (3.9 k/s), 29 blocks, 245 digs (3.2 d/s)

Hallie Mertz

Harrisburg

317 kills (3.2 k/s), 46 aces, 30 blocks, 329 digs

Bergen Reilly

Sioux Falls O'Gorman

225 kills (2.5 k/s), 47 aces, 265 digs, 503 assists (5.5 ast/s)

Raegen Reilly

Sioux Falls O'Gorman

222 kills (2.4 k/s), 58 aces, 265 digs, 411 assists (4.5 ast/s)

Emma Ronsiek

Sioux Falls O'Gorman

423 kills (4.6 k/s), 57 aces, 28 blocks, 247 digs

 

Class A

Player of the Year
SchoolServingAttackingOther StatsCareer

Kadye Fernholz

Miller

97%, 33 aces

576kills
43% kill efficiency

437 digs
79 blocks

Kills: 2,024
Digs: 1,270

Coach Linda DeBoer: "She is an exceptional young lady in character as well as athletic talent and is very deserving of this accolade. Her leadership on and off the court aided our team’s success greatly in her four seasons on varsity. She exemplifies the character, positive attitude, and enthusiasm and effort this honor signifies."

Check out her her commitment to Kansas State story.

Other Nominees
Player
SchoolStats

Ally Beresford

Dakota Valley

163 kills, 67 aces, 43 blocks, 180 digs, 909 assists (8.4 ast/s)

Abby Brunsing

Wagner

419 kills (4.8 k/s), 30 aces, 30 blocks, 354 digs

Abby Glanzer

Sioux Falls Christian

92.8% serve, 371 kills, 36 blocks, 306 digs, 42 aces

Morgan Hammerbeck

Winner

379 kills (5.2 k/s), 45 aces, 261 digs

Grace Nelson

Madison

237 kills, 27 aces, 34 blocks, 141 digs, 465 assists (5.0 ast/s)

Cailyn Pruis

Sioux Falls Christian

92.2% serve, 290 kills, 75 blocks, 183 digs

Janessa Storley

Webster

436 kills (4.5 k/s), 57 aces

Abigail Van Ruler

McCook Central/Montrose

289 kills, 41 aces, 74 blocks

 

Class B

Player of the Year
SchoolSettingServingAttackingOther StatsCareer

Madalyn Groft

Northwestern

2,463/2,470,
1,085 assists

97%, 93 aces

182 kills
39% kill efficiency

388 digs
30 blocks

Assists: 3,568
Digs: 1,209
Kills: 510
Aces: 320
Blocks: 94

Coach Nora Groft: "Madalyn spends every day in the gym working out and working on her hands to get better. She loves to watch film and break down team's defenses. Her volleyball IQ allows her to get her hitters an open swing, and her happy, positive vibes elevate our team. Most importantly, she knows how to win."

Check out her state title highlights.

Other Nominees
Player
SchoolStats

Aiyanna Byrd

Faith

480 kills (4.8 k/s), 50 aces, 56 blocks

Ady Dwight

Langford

462 kills, 239 digs, 142 blocks, 97 aces 

Taylee Indahl

Burke

606 kills, 427 digs, 53 blocks, 61 aces

Olivia Kieffer

Rapid City Christian

428 kills, 304 digs, 81 aces

Makenna Larson

Chester Area

275 kills, 687 digs, 44 aces

Peyton Melius

Faulkton Area

456 kills, 256 digs, 58 aces

Ava Nilsson

Warner

1,103 assists (9.6 ast/s), 46 aces, 397 digs

Jada Plastow

Ethan

409 kills, 40 blocks, 311 digs, 51 aces

Sydney Schell

Northwestern

568 kills, .417 hit percentage, 355 digs, 33 aces

 

Curious who else made the shortlist? Listen to the podcast discussing the 2019 South Dakota High School Volleyball Player of the Year Contenders.

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