VOLLEYBALL: Watseka, Cissna Park quartets lead SVC honors
There’s never a shortage of phenomenal players and great games when it’s volleyball season inside the Sangamon Valley Conference.
And this season was no different.
After months of battles among one another, the SVC released its all-conference list with four players from both Watseka and Cissna Park earning first team honors.
Sloan Boyce led the way for Class 1A regional champion Timberwolves after switching from middle to outside hitter.
Safe to say, she enjoyed the transition as she finished the season with a team-highs of 318 kills and 41 aces. She added 247 digs, which was second-best on the team.
She graduates with her name inside the top-10 in school history for career kills (700, No. 6 all-time) and aces (100, No. 7 all-time).
Her trusted setter, Anna Jennings unsurprisingly made her way onto first-team as well in her final season.
She dished on 731 assists which gives her 2,256 for her career, good enough for No. 2 all-time in Cissna Park history. She added a team-high 251 digs and 38 aces, which was third-best on the team.
In addition to the assists, she finished inside the top-10 for career digs (682, No. 5 all-time) and aces (97, No. 9 all-time).
Erica Walder was tabbed as first-team for her efforts in upholding Cissna Park to the level of dominance it’s shown over the past number of years.
She finished her final season with 189 kills and 40 aces, both of which were second on the team alongside 193 digs.
Carly Pence, who is now the future of Cissna Park volleyball rounded out the Timberwolves on first team.
Just a sophomore, she stepped in and up in big moments as the team’s middle hitter. She ended her season with 141 digs, 100 kills, 40 blocks and 23 aces.
Watseka’s four first-team players were led by none other than Kennedy Bauer.
Bauer finished her final season as a Warrior with 350 kills, 284 digs, 73 assists, 18 blocks and 13 aces.
The 284 digs now gives her 784 for her career, which is a new Watseka school record.
Alongside Bauer on first-team is fellow senior Mallory Drake.
Forming quite the deadly duo as outside hitters, Drake ended her season with 244 digs, 172 kills, 62 assists and 18 aces as Watseka racked up 22 wins on its season.
Taylor Schippert also made first-team and school history as well.
From her libero position, she finished with 386 digs which set a new school record for digs in a single season. She added 18 assists and 14 aces to the Warrior’s attack.
Kennedy McTaggart rounded out the Warriors on the first team list. She steps to the forefront of the Warrior’s attack next season with Drake and Bauer graduating.
She ended her season with 111 kills, 75 digs and 46 blocks from her middle hitter position to earn SVC honors.
They’re joined on first-team by Central’s Caitlin Gerdes and PBL’s Addison Oyer, Abbie Schmidt and Katelyn Crabb.
Dwight’s duo of sophomore Kayla Kodat and freshman Jordan Schultz highlights the second-team SVC list.
Kodat finished her season with team-highs of 97 kills and 76 assists. She added 80 digs, 28 aces (second on the team) and 19 blocks for good measure.
Schultz notched 195 digs from her libero position. She also had 46 kills and 31 aces for the Trojans.
They’re joined on the second-team list by Momence’s Leslie Balois and Kaitlyn Piekarczyk, Central’s Hanna Offerman and PBL’s Makayla Klann.
Watseka’s Cassie Peters headlines the honorable mention SVC list for the Warriors.
Right next to her name on the list is Central’s Kamryn Grice, Dwight Emily Weissmann, Iroquois West’s Shelby Johnson and PBL’s Aubree Bruns.