Lady Vikes starting lineup chosen All State Honorable Mention
Lakeview volleyball put together a 20-win season for the fifth time in six years and reached the sub-district final in 2018.
That level of success earned the Lady Vikes a full rotation of players chosen to the Lincoln Journal Star Class C-1 All-State team last weekend.
Senior right side hitter Kaycee Grotelueschen, setter Reese Janssen, outside hitter Abby Kapels, libero Mattie Purcell, middle hitter Britney Stock and outside hitter Emily Van Cleave were all picked All-State Honorable Mention.
Five of the six are seniors with Janseen the lone sophomore and underclassmen to receive the honor.
Perhaps most noteworthy of the group was Purcell, who came within three digs of setting the Lakeview season record.
“Which I thought would never be touched,” coach KC Belitz said in comments sent to The Columbus Telegram. “What also stands out was her work as an offseason and in season organizer for us.
“She got in the gym a ton since last season, brought others with her and that’s a big part of why she was successful and why the team was, as well.”
Purcell was named a co-First Team All-State libero by “Prep Dig Nebraska” in class C-1 and had the highest dig total in the Central Conference by more than 200 over the next closest player.
Her season finished with 669 total digs.
Grotelueschen was also an effective player though in a different manner.
“Kaycee was just as solid as we expected she would be in her senior year,” Belitz said of Grotelueschen. “She led the team in aces and was second in service points. What stands out is just how few errors she had playing six rotations.”
Grotelueschen only had 36 errors on 324 swings, 21 on 371 aces, 45 digging errors and 24 on 260 serve receives.
Setting up most, if not all, of those swings was Janssen
“Reese brings effort and toughness to our team. Everything she does got better this year because she put in a ton of time in the offseason,” Belitz said about Janssen. “She’s already top-10 at Lakeview in setting efficiency, assists and set attempts in her career.”
The sophomore totaled 770 total set assists, averaged exactly 10 per set and only made 22 errors in 2,248 ball handling attempts. Janssen was also fourth on the team in digs and served at 94.7 percent with 35 aces.
Most often, she was setting up Kapels, who, while talented offensively, was an all-around contributor.
“Her improvement as an all-around player was big for us this year,” Belitz said. “Teams served away from her as the year went along, which is the ultimate compliment for a passer.”
Kapels had a team-high 327 kills, was second in passing percentage and third in digs. She raised her attack percentage 100 points higher than her mark from a year ago.
Similarly improved was Stock.
“Britney is a three-year letter winner who took a big step forward each season,” Belitz said. “All her numbers were way up from last year despite now going against the opponent’s best defense.”
Although she often drew that matchup, Stock was the most efficient Lady Vikes hitter with a rate of .265, was second in kills and the leader in blocks with 68 total - 28 assisted and 40 solo.
Van Cleave was an efficient player as well, serving at close to 92 percent, hitting .113, averaging nearly 11 digs per match and leading the team in serve receptions with 502 and only 40 errors.
“She really became a key, six-rotation player,” Belitz said. “Emily was also a great leader and a player we needed on the floor.
(See Friday’s edition for other area awardees)
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com