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RPAC Volleyball Teams Announced

The Lady Vikings had another successful season in 2018.  Although they had only  one player playing in the same position from 2017, they improved and gelled as a team as the season progressed.  With a lot of hard work, they were able to finish the season as the 2018 RPAC Champions, and as district runner-up.

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.

Second Team
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.

Honorable Mention
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.

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Lady Vikings Take First in RPAC Volleyball

The Lady Vikings entered the 2018 RPAC tournament as the third seed in the East division.  In the first round, the Vikings were matched up with Arapahoe winning in 3 sets. In the quarter final round, the Vikings didn’t hesitate and executed their best game of the season downing Alma in 3 straight sets to advance to the finals on Tuesday.

In the semi-final round, the Vikings took on Southern Valley who upset top ranked Cambridge the night before to advance. The Vikings started out strong the first 2 sets beating Southern Valley 25-17 and 25-21 . In the third, the Vikings struggled with passing allowing the Eagles to take the set 25-10. The Vikings came back to defeat the Eagles 25-21.

The Vikings then went on to play Dundy County-Straton in the championship game at McCook Community College. The Vikings came out strong the first set winning 25-15. The Vikings struggled for the next 2 sets loosing 25-19 and 25-17. The Vikings weren’t finished yet, coming back with determination, to win 25-19 and 15-12.

The Vikings have been back to the final rounds of RPAC in McCook for the past nine years. The 2018 Championship gives them their fifth first place win out of the past nine years.

Young Talent Ready For Success

With the 2018 Viking Volleyball season in full swing, the Vikings look to have another successful season. This year the Vikings will be rebuilding their team after losing 5 senior starters to graduation. The 15 player roster will give them the options they need to get it done. This young team looks to be energetic and swift in hopes to progress through the season.

Several players switched positions this season. Seniors Grace Schwarz and Lindsay Schutz moved to outside hitters from middle and are looking strong in their new position. Erin Boggs has stepped up in the setting role, changing from the DS position. Jada High is the only returning starter that stayed in the same position and has picked up from where she left off a year ago. Others that look to earn starting positions this season are Aleya Hueftle and Johanna Ford who look to move into the middle hitter positions. Jennica Dannehl on the right side and Macie Steinbrink as a serving specialist.

Even though the Vikings will be taking on many tough teams, they hope to grow together and become one of the top contenders in the area.

Returning to this year’s team are seniors Lindsay Schutz and Grace Schwarz, juniors Jada High and Jennica Dannehl, sophomores Macie Steinbrink, Anna Pelton, Karley Patterson, Erin Boggs, and Aleya Hueftle. Incoming freshman are Johanna Ford, Jordan Hilmer, Julissa Estrada, Jameson High, Yesenia Lopez, and Kenzy Drain.