A trip to the Class 2A State volleyball tournament helped the Pequot Lakes Patriots place three players on this year’s Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Team.

Perennial powerhouses Wadena-Deer Creek and Pine River-Backus combined to fill five more sports on this year’s elite squad.

Players for the all-area team are nominated by their coaches and then selected by the Dispatch Sports Department.



Avery Eckman, Brainerd

Senior, outside hitter

The All-Central Lakes Conference selection finished with 344 kills, 278 digs, 59 blocks and 39 ace serves on 90% serving.



Caitlyn Gutzman, Crosby-Ironton

Senior, libero

The All-Mid-State Conference player finished with 10 kills, 550 digs, 32 set assists and 52 ace serves on 94% percent serving.



Kerstin Knopik, Little Falls

Junior, outside hitter

The All-Granite Ridge Conference player finished with 334 kills, 150 digs, 4 set assists, 33 blocks and 34 ace serves on 89% serving.



Mariah Rickard, Pequot Lakes

Senior, libero

The All-Mid-State Conference player finished with 530 digs, 45 set assists and 56 aces on 96% serving.



Kate Bolz-Andolshek, Pequot Lakes

Junior, middle hitter

The All-Mid-State Conference player finished with 375 kills, 135 digs, 74 blocks and 44 ace serves on 91% serving.



Lydia Hubbard, Pequot Lakes

Junior, middle hitter

The All-Mid-State Conference player finished with 355 kills, 26 digs and 67 blocks.



Rylie Hirschey, PR-B

Junior, setter

The All-Northland Conference selection finished with 51 kills, 196 digs, 760 set assists, 34 blocks and 47 ace serves on 88% serving.



Jaime Johnson, PR-B

Junior, outside hitter

The All-Northland Conference selection finished with 326 kills, 278 digs, 13 set assists, 80 blocks and 43 ace serves on 83% serving.



Tabetha Allen, Staples-Motley

Junior, middle hitter

The All-Mid-State Conference selection finished with 361 kills, 117 digs, 11 set assists, 48 blocks and 21 ace seres on 83% serving.



Kennedy Gravelle, W-DC

Senior, middle-hitter

The Park Region Conference Most Valuable Player and All-State honorable mention selection finished with 492 kills, 150 digs, 72 blocks and 29 ace serves on 93% serving. Academic All-State.



Courtney Warren, W-DC

Senior, libero

The All-Park Region Conference selection finished with 423 digs, 21 set assists and eight ace serves on 92% serving. Academic All-State.



MacKenzie Carsten, W-DC

Senior, setter

The All-Park Region Conference selection finished with 26 kills, 183 digs, 859 set assists, 11 blocks and 22 ace serves on 96% serving. Academic All-State.