The boys and girls combined to win the overall team championship of the Bertrand Invitational Track Meet on Monday, April 22. The boys finished in first place while the girls earned runner-up honors.
Senior leaders Grace Schwarz and Lindsay Schutz helped the underclassmen feel at ease on the court. According to freshmen outside hitter Jordan Hilmer, “They felt comfortable on the court and in practices and weren’t afraid to make mistakes.” Julissa Estrada commented, “I loved the seniors. They made me feel really good about myself.”
Hard work throughout the summer months in the weight room and attending camps provided the Vikings with a foundation that allowed them to continue to get better throughout the season. Each player provided a role in the successes of the team which included five players earning all-conference honors.
Lindsay Schutz was named first team as an outside hitter. She tallied 307 kills in her 29 games and averaged over 10 kills per game (3.5 per set) with .240 hitting percentage. She also had 43 aces and 29 blocks.
Jada High – Jada picked up 492 digs over the season, averaging over 16 per game (5.3 per set). She passed 968 good serve receives with a 2.2 efficiency rating. In addition, Jada tallied 39 aces and also contributed 33 back row kills as a libero.
Erin Boggs—Erin led the conference in assists with 779 on the season (26 per game-8.5 per set). She was also second in ace serves with 70. As a setter, she also contributed 88 kills.
Grace Schwarz—Grace put down 247 kills this season (averaging over 8 per game and nearly 3 per set). She passed 486 serve receives with a 2.0 efficiency. She also had 317 digs and 32 aces, and 22 blocks.
Johanna Ford – Johanna led the conference in blocks with 79 and contributed 93 kills with a power hitting % of .210
Other Vikings contributing to the success of this year’s team include:
Jennica Dannhel, was a junior right side hitter and secondary setter. Jennica contributed 107 kills on the season and 18 blocks. She also served as a main passer for the Vikings.
Macie Steinbrink, a sophomore , provided strength to the team as a regular subsititue in the role of serving specialist. Macie contributed 25 service aces on the season. She was also able to serve as an outside hitter for the Vikings.
Aleya Hueftle, a sophomore starter as a middle hitter and blocker, put down 119 kills and 29 blocks for the season. Aleya also developed a tough top-spin serve that was tough to return.
Anna Pelton, a sophomore middle blocker served as a back-up in the front row as both a middle and a right-side player. She also served as a back-up setter in jv games. Anna’s versatility allowed her to play various positions in both the jv and varsity games. She provided the team with tough blocking and serving in practices and games.
Jordan Hilmer was a part-time starter as a freshmen outside hitter and defensive specialist. She also provided stability in a number of positions even serving as a middle hitter at both the jv and varsity level.
Jameson High served as a back-up setter for the Vikings. Although she was sidelined in the middle of the season because of injury, she continued to make progress and was able to be an asset as a setter and defensive specialist for the Viking squad.
Karley Patterson was sophomore right side player with a wicked serve. Karley was able to play all positions as a jv player and provided the Vikings with opportunities to get better in serve receive passing.
Julissa Estrada and Yesenia Lopez were new comers to the Viking squad. With little volleyball experience entering the season, their hard work allowed them to develop skills that allowed the Viking varsity squad prepare for matches each week.
Kenzy Drain a freshman defensive specialist was unable to play during the 2018 season because of an injury but was invaluable to the team as a statistician and assistant to the coaches.
A late comer to the team was foreign exchange student Bruna Moroshima. Even though she was reluctant to participate in games, Bruna learned new skills. She added a different perspective and allowed the team to learn about life in Brazil.
The full RPAC East and West teams are posted below.