There was plenty of competitive volleyball on display this fall from local high school squads, most of which posted winning seasons while vying for conference and postseason glory.
Here’s a look at this year’s Republic-Times All-Local Volleyball Team for the recently completed 2018 season.
Kayla Huels, Gibault. This junior setter put together an amazing season for the Hawks, helping them advance to the Class 1A sectional title game. Huels led Gibault in points (184), aces (42) and assists (664) this season.
Guin Kohnz, Valmeyer. A four-year starter for the Pirates, Kohnz again put up solid all-around numbers with 531 assists, 186 points, 50 aces, 97 kills and 141 digs to earn all-conference honors.
Hannah Cope, Waterloo. Another four-year starter, Cope’s senior season got off to a late start due to an injury but she still managed to make her presence felt. She finished with 135 kills, 118 points, 25 aces, 217 assists and 170 digs and was named first team all-conference.
Ashlyn Wightman, Gibault. Another junior standout for the Hawks, Wightman led the team in kills (268) and blocks (28) this season.
Molly Mistler, Columbia. This senior earned all-conference honors and led the Eagles in kills with 237. She also finished with 33 aces, 37 blocks and 290 digs.
Jessie Seidel, Waterloo. In her first year with the Bulldogs after transferring from Valmeyer, Seidel enjoyed a successful junior season. She finished with a team-leading 186 points, 41 aces and 569 digs to go along with 95 kills and first team all-conference honors.
Kendra Goldschmidt, Valmeyer. This senior finished her Pirates career with a team-leading 201 points to go along with 332 digs, 102 kills and 71 aces.
Kenzie Murphy, Columbia. In her freshman season, Murphy led the Eagles in aces (48) and digs (313) to go along with 156 kills and provide plenty of hope for Columbia volleyball success going forward.
Paige Montgomery, Waterloo. This freshman outside hitter led the team in kills with 168 and added 201 digs to give the Bulldogs a promising future.
Sara Andres, Valmeyer. The third Pirates senior on this list, Andres led the team in kills with 268 and contributed 156 points, 50 aces and 61 blocks in addition to immeasurable leadership.
Haley Davitz, Gibault. This senior libero shined for the Hawks, finishing with 159 points and 243 digs.
Kati Casey, Waterloo. A junior setter, Casey displayed a strong passing game with a team-leading 356 assists to go along with 195 digs and 151 points for the Bulldogs.
Reagan Carner (Dupo), Emily Huy (Columbia), Lindsay Wibbenmeyer (Columbia), Ande Grohmann (Gibault), Ally Thompson (Gibault), Taylor Wilson (Waterloo), Hailey Montgomery (Waterloo), Kendra Walla (Waterloo), Gwen Panzau (Valmeyer), Avrie Barthel (Columbia), Annalese Gill (Dupo), Kyleigh Williams (Dupo).