Six Cubs make all-HOIC in volleyball

Joe Randleman, Sports Writer
Abby Stephenson

Heart of Iowa Conference volleyball champion Nevada had six players given all-conference recognition in 2016.

The Cubs had two players make the first team, another pair land on the second team and two more named honorable mention after going 8-0 in the conference to win their fifth consecutive HOIC title.

Abby Stephenson and Gillian Tupper were the two Cubs named ot the all-HOIC first team.

Stephenson was a first-team pick for the third year in a row. Tupper made all-conference for the first time.

Stephenson produced 113 kills at 4.19 per set with a .259 kill-efficiency rate in conference matches this fall. She also had 123 digs at 4.56 digs per set and went 109 of 111 serving with 14 aces.

Tupper had a huge breakout season at setter. She tied Gilbert’s Bree Richard for the conference lead in assists (275) and assists per set (10.19) and also totaled 35 digs, 28 kills and eight blocks.

The other first-team all-HOIC picks were: North Polk’s Hannah Becker and Courtney Bonewitz; South Hamilton’s Ady Wintermote and Anna Moss; Gilbert’s Inga Rotto and Bree Richard and Roland-Story’s MaKayla Geise.

Senior outside hitter Chloe Davis and junior middle hitter Hattie Rhodes made the all-HOIC second team for Nevada this season. Davis also made the second team in 2015.

This season, Davis went 146 of 153 serving with 20 aces and had 58 kills moving from libero to outside hitter. Davis also had 83 digs in conference play.

Rhodes tallied 55 kills on an excellent .336 kill-efficiency rate and went 103 of 108 serving with six aces in conference matches this fall. She also had 21 blocks and 20 digs.

Rounding out the all-HOIC second team were: Greene County’s Megan Durbin; South Hamilton’s Alissa Moss; Gilbert’s Taylor Forth and Trinity Jackson and North Polk’s Grace Nelson and Nora Aschoff.

Seniors Kelsey Wiederien and Skye Borton were the two Cubs named all-HOIC honorable mention.

Wiederien delivered 120 digs, 4.62 digs per set, and was a perfect 83 of 83 serving with seven aces in HOIC play. Borton ended up with 38 digs, 26 kills and eight blocks from right-side hitter.

All-HOIC volleyball teams

First team: Ady Wintermote (Sr.), South Hamilton; Anna Moss (Jr.), South Hamilton; Inga Rotto (Jr.), Gilbert; Bree Richard (Jr.), Gilbert; Abby Stephenson (Sr.), Nevada; Gillian Tupper (Sr.), Nevada; MaKayla Geise (So.), Roland-Story; Hannah Becker (Sr.), North Polk; Courtney Bonewitz (Sr.), North Polk.

Second team: Megan Durbin (Jr.), Greene County; Alissa Moss (Sr.), South Hamilton; Taylor Forth (Sr.), Gilbert; Trinity Jackson (So.), Gilbert; Sailor Hinegardner (Jr.), CMB; Chloe Davis (Sr.), Nevada; Hattie Rhodes (Jr.), Nevada; Grace Nelson (Jr.), North Polk; Nora Aschoff (So.), North Polk.

Honorable mention: Brianda Bane (Jr.), CMB; Kathleen Baldwin (Sr.), CMB; Megan Goodhue (Jr.), Gilbert; Regan Suntken (Sr.), Gilbert; Nadia Fisher (Sr.), Greene County; Hannah Promes (Sr.), Greene County; Kelsey Wiederien (Sr.), Nevada; Skye Borton (Sr.), Nevada; Rebecca Rimathe (Sr.), North Polk; Maggie Potter (Sr.), North Polk; Kayla Jennings (Sr.), PCM; Katie Vande Wall (Sr.), PCM; Krista Mehl (Sr.), Roland-Story; Hailey Louw (Jr.), Roland-Story; Katie Schmidt (Jr.), Saydel; Keely Woods (Sr.), Saydel; Lily Skartvedt (So.), South Hamilton; Breanne Diersen (So.), South Hamilton.

Final HOIC standings

Nevada 8-0

North Polk 7-1

South Hamilton 6-2

Gilbert 5-3

Roland-Story 4-4

CMB 3-5

Greene County 2-6

PCM 1-7

Saydel 0-8