2018 All-Area Volleyball Teams
Middle blocker: Chinma Njoku, Sr., Century
Stats: 279 kills, 111 blocks
The lowdown: Njoku patrolled the front of Century’s net to cause problems for opponents. The 6-foot-1 senior could rise high above the net, leading the 4A state champs with 76 solo blocks and 2.6 blocks per match. Njoku was also second on the team with a .373 hitting percentage en route to first-team all-state accolades.
Quotable: “She’s a freak of an athlete. … She’s hard to play against. She jumps out of the roof.” — Preston coach Treva McUne
Outside hitter: Shayleigh Davis, Jr., Pocatello
Stats: 20 blocks, 2.03 passing average
The lowdown: Davis was the center of Pocatello’s attack, helping the Indians come within one win of the state tournament. Davis notched a 14-dig, 13-kill double-double in Poky’s final win of the season.
Quotable: “She’s got a great swing. Just a good all-around athlete. We had a hard time stopping her.” — Highland coach Kelsey Bystrom
Outside hitter: Britlynn Hubbard, Sr., Malad
Stats: 549 kills, 382 digs, 30 aces
The lowdown: Hubbard was a reliable weapon for Malad on both sides of the ball, leading the 2A state champs in kills and dig percentage (82). Hubbard capped her high school career by helping the Dragons capture the state title that eluded them the two seasons prior and earned first-team all-state recognition.
Quotable: “She could change it up depending on who we were playing to hit where defenses weren’t. … She’s a smart player. She saw the court well.” — Malad coach Camie Tripp
Outside hitter: Halli Hannah, Sr., Malad
Stats: 496 digs, 344 kills, 57 aces
The lowdown: The 1A to Hubbard’s 1, Hannah complemented Hubbard at the net and led the squad in aces and digs. She tallied 21 digs and 13 kills in the 2A state title match and joined Hubbard on the first-team all-state list.
Quotable: “Very level-headed on the court. A leader for their team, for sure. She was very consistent with playing all the way around for them.” — West Side coach MeLinda Royer
Setter: Lexi Bull, Jr., Century
Stats: 996 assists, 244 digs, 91 kills, 68 blocks, 33 aces
The lowdown: Bull did a little of everything for Century. The 5-foot-9 junior paced the offense with a .405 hitting percentage, to go along with nearly 1,000 assists and 253 serving points. Bull earned second-team 4A all-Idaho honors.
Quotable: “She figured out how to win. She figured out volleyball. It was fun to watch that.” — Century coach Breanne Robinson
Libero: Julia McNulty, Jr., Century
Stats: 519 digs, 76 aces, 68 assists
The lowdown: McNulty controlled the defensive side of the net for Century, combining for over 1,000 digs and serve receptions. The junior also recorded a team-best 76 aces and team-leading 357 serving points to earn second-team 4A all-state recognition.
Quotable: “She played lights out at the state tournament. She passed balls left and right.” — Century coach Breanne Robinson
Middle blocker: AriAunA Barrus, Sr., Soda Springs
Stats: 379 kills, 78 digs, 75 blocks
The lowdown: Barrus led Soda Springs in kills and hitting percentage (.217), helping the Cardinals finish third at the 2A state tournament. Soda Springs coach Shawnae Somsen praised Barrus’ ability to read and react on the court.
Middle blocker: Kylee Painter, Jr., Grace
Stats: 273 kills, 115 blocks
The lowdown: Painter earned praise from multiple District 5 coaches, and her talent landed her 1A DI District 5-6 Player of the Year honors, as well as a spot on the 1A DI all-state second team. Painter was counted on in key situations and helped Grace take third place at state.
Outside hitter: Heather Fitzgerald, Sr., Preston
Stats: 477 kills, 252 digs
The lowdown: Fitzgerald was the core of Preston’s team and amassed 477 kills amid a trying season that saw the Indians win one conference game. Fitzgerald also earned second-team all-conference honors.
Outside hitter: Abby Morgan, Sr., Snake River
The lowdown: Morgan was one of Snake River’s team captains and guided the Panthers to the 3A state tournament for the 11th consecutive season. Snake River coach Shaunee Martin said Morgan was her go-to player any time the team needed a kill. Morgan also earned first-team all-state accolades.
Setter: Bayla Tripp, Jr., Malad
Stats: 1,154 assists, 349 digs, 114 kills, 89 blocks
The lowdown: Tripp set up outside hitters Britlynn Hubbard and Halli Hannah, racking up over 1,000 assists for the 2A state champion Dragons. Described as the energy and fire of the team, Tripp overcame an illness and nearly achieved a triple-double in the state title match. Tripp was also a first-team all-state selection.
Libero: Kayci Younger, Jr., Grace
Stats: 736 digs, 2.15 passing percentage
The lowdown: Younger anchored Grace’s defense and serving, tallying a serving percentage of 92 for the season. The junior achieved first-team all-conference and first-team all-state status after helping the Grizzlies to a third-place finish at the 1A DI state tournament.
Middle blocker: Ella Ward, Jr., Malad
Stats: 224 digs, 220 kills, 104 blocks
Outside hitter: Cedar Hopkins, Jr., Soda Springs
Stats: 332 digs, 292 kills, 38 aces
Outside hitter: Lilia Ebanez, Sr., West Side
Stats: 314 digs, 187 kills
Outside hitter: Hailee Tomkinson, Sr., Rockland
Setter: Reagan Yamauchi, Sr., Soda Springs
Stats: 814 assists, 276 digs
Libero: Bailey Sensenbach, Sr., Snake River