All Marion County Volleyball Team

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Marion County’s varsity volleyball teams had a cumulative record of 99-80 this season. Remember that many of our teams played each other throughout the season. Knoxville led the way with its third consecutive South Central Conference championship and a 25-8 record, Pella Christian is 19-21, Pella went 18-19, Pleasantville 16-9, Melcher-Dallas 14-8 and Twin Cedars 7-15. Don’t let Twin Cedars’ record fool you, it’s a strong improvement over last season.
With all of this, and our usual disclaimer that the Marion County Tribune is proud to recognize all the artists, athletes, musicians, scholars, etc., for the time and effort they give to their activities every year. Marion County’s volleyball players each had an exceptional season, but here are those we believe are the best of the best in 2019.
– Katie Keitges, senior, Knoxville. Basketball may be her best sport, but Keitges is a proven great on the volleyball court. She is among the leaders in Class 4A in the state in many categories, including ninth in kills (352) and digs (315). Her ability to be in the right place at the right time helped Knoxville have a tremendous season.
– Molly Bolt, senior, Pella Christian. Bolt’s 341 kills led the team. She averaged 3.02 per set, a great number in Class 2A. With those numbers, she added 210 digs, 22 blocks and 24 aces.
– Sam Entinger, senior, Pleasantville. Entinger averaged over five kills per set, with 339 total on the season. Add to that her 38 aces and 136 digs and Entinger is one of the best all-around players in Marion County.
– Bailey Van Voorst, sophomore, Pella. In 101 sets for the Lady Dutch, Van Voorst had 276 kills and 46 aces. She had 39 blocks and 159 digs. In several statistical categories, she is at the top or near the top for her team, but also has a spot on leaderboards in Class 4A.
– Lizzy Posthuma, senior, Pella Christian. Posthuma finished ninth in Class 2A in assists, with 695. She had 231 digs, 24 blocks, 43 aces and 41 kills. Great final season thus far for Posthuma.
– Marley McKay, junior, Knoxville. Marley McKay’s 660 assists placed her in ninth in Class 4A. While providing all that help to her team, she added 184 digs, 22 blocks, 32 kills and 30 aces.
– Anna VanderWaal, sophomore, Pella. Continuing this list’s inclusion of strong setters, VanderWaal finished 12th in Class 4A with 643 assists. VanderWaal’s 147 digs and 24 blocks add to her resume, as do her 32 kills and 22 aces.
– Adi Adreon, sophomore, Pleasantville. With 432 assists and 70 digs, Adreon was indispensable to the Trojans this season. Her 21 blocks led the team and she was fourth on the team with 37 aces. A truly all-around good player with two more years to improve the Trojans.
– Ali Mockenhaupt, sophomore, Twin Cedars. Mockenhaupt finished sixth in the state overall in digs per set (5.69) and totaled 364 for the Sabers. She was third on her team in aces with 20, and had 13 kills.
– Maggie Wilkins, junior, Knoxville. Wilkins finished second in digs per set in class 4A with 5.6. She had 470 on the season, as well as 11 assists, 27 aces and 15 kills.
– Breanna Benge, junior, Pleasantville. Benge had an amazing serving efficiency number of .917, including 58 aces to lead the Trojans this season. Her 343 digs also led the team.
– Avey Amelse, sophomore, Pella Christian. Amelse had 71 aces to lead a strong Eagles team, and finished third in kills with 175. She added 191 digs and 14 blocks.
– Riley Enfield, junior, Melcher-Dallas. Enfield led her team in aces (45) and assists (322). She was also second in digs with 195 and had 30 kills.
– Kynser Reed, junior, Melcher-Dallas. She led the Saints in kills with 132, and had 16 aces. Her serving efficiency rating was .913. In addition to that, she led the team in digs with 207.
– Rylee Dunkin, freshman, Twin Cedars. Dunkin’s cross country performances this season may have overshadowed what she has done on the court, but they are still worth mentioning. She led the Sabers in assists with 109 and was second in digs with 125. As a server, she went 273/277 for a .986 efficiency rating, and had 39 kills. With Dunkin and several other underclassmen on the Saber roster, the future of Twin Cedars volleyball looks bright.
Congratulations to all of these teams and these young ladies on a fine season!