Volleyball: 5 teams represented on the All-Area 1st Team
Dispatch All-Area First Team announced.
Brainerd and Pequot Lakes each notched three players on the Dispatch All-Area First Team highlighted by Dispatch Player of the Year Maci Martini of Pequot Lakes.
Martini led the area in kills with 420, while Pequot Lakes’ setter and fellow First Teamer Abi Martin led the area in set assists with 822.
Brainerd’s Hala Davis led the area in blocks and was named to the First Team.
Five teams are represented with multiple players on the Dispatch All-Area First Team. Staples-Motley, Pierz and Pine River-Backus all had two players each with Pierz’s Kiara Olesch and PRB’s Hannah Barchus being in the area top 20 in four categories.
Seven players on the First Team tallied 200 kills and 200 digs on their season including Brainerd’s Kate Stadum and Meghan Smith, Pequot Lakes’ Martini and Ella Kratochvil, Pine River-Backus’ Barchus, Pierz’s Ashley Kimman and Staples-Motley’s Morgan Becker.
Players were nominated by their coaches and voted on by the Dispatch sports staff.
Kate Stadum, Brainerd, junior, outside hitter
Played 90 sets and finished with 230 kills (2.3 per set, 27.8 kill percentage), 234 digs (2.6 per set), 34 blocks and 36 ace serves (96 serving percentage).
Meghan Smith, Brainerd, senior, outside hitter
Played 90 sets and finished with 245 kills (2.7 per set, 31.7 kill percentage), 224 digs (2.5 per set), 42 blocks and 34 ace serves (89.5 serving percentage).
Hala Davis, Brainerd, senior, middle hitter
Played 82 sets and finished with 149 kills (1.8 per set, 41.2 kill percentage), 133 digs (1.3 per set), 76 blocks and 12 ace serves (86.9 serving percentage).
Maci Martini, Pequot Lakes, junior, outside hitter
Played 86 sets and finished with 420 kills (4.9 per set, 32.7 kill percentage), 314 digs (3.7 per set), 21 blocks and 58 ace serves (91.5 serve percentage).
Ella Kratochvil, Pequot Lakes, sophomore, outside hitter
Played 86 sets and finished with 276 kills (3.2 per set, 23.9 kill percentage), 213 digs (2.5 per set), 28 blocks and 22 ace serves (83 serve percentage)
Abi Martin, Pequot Lakes, junior, setter
Played 86 sets and finished with 822 set assists, 194 digs (2.3 per set), 18 blocks and 33 ace serves (90 serve percentage)
Kiara Olesch, Pierz, senior, setter and right side hitter
Played 73 sets and finished with 140 kills (1.9 per set, 10 kill percentage), 248 digs (3.4 per set), 293 set assists, 19 blocks and 34 ace serves (94.5 serve percentage).
Ashley Kimman, Pierz, junior, outside hitter
Played 73 sets and finished with 218 kills (2.99 per set, 17 kill percentage), 204 digs (2.8 per set), 31 blocks, 24 set assists and 15 ace serves (92.1 serve percentage).
Alaura Dahl, Pine River-Backus, senior, setter
Played 89 sets and finished with 30 kills, 234 digs (2.6 per set), 685 set assists, nine blocks and 36 ace serves (92.7 serve percentage).
Hannah Barchus, Pine River-Backus, senior, middle hitter
Played 89 sets and finished with 294 kills (3.3 per set), 290 digs (3.3 per set), 62 blocks, eight set assists and 41 ace serves (90.5 serve percentage).
Morgan Becker, Staples-Motley, senior, outside hitter
Played 85 sets and finished with 339 kills (4.0 per set, 20.8 kill percentage), 236 digs (2.8 per set), 18 blocks, 15 set assists and 20 ace serves (90 serve percentage).
Leah Bestland, Staples-Motley, senior, setter
Played 85 sets and finished with 42 kills, 264 digs (3.1 per set), 718 set assists, and 35 ace serves (98 serve percentage).