Three members of the outstanding Wolfpack volleyball team earned first team All-Niobrara Valley Conference honors announced Monday afternoon.
Senior Ally Selting, junior Lexi Bode and sophomore Taylynne Charf garnered first team honors. Selections were made by conference coaches.
The trio helped lead the Wolfpack to a 19-10 record, reaching the sub-state round before seeing their season come to an end with a loss to Hartington Cedar Catholic.
Other selections to the first team were:
Boyd County (BC) — Audrey Mohr and Lauryn Hoffman
Chambers/Wheeler Central (CWC) — Morgan Ramsey, Ryann Haburchak and Tessa Metschke
Elkhorn Valley (EV) — Carney Black
Stuart (STU) — Lexi Schroder
Summerland (SUM) — Avery Cheatum and Brenna Wagner
Leading selections to the all-conference second team were EPPJ’s Ashlynne Charf and Kirsten Krebs.
Others on the second team are:
CWC — Emma Jonseth, MaKenna Pelster and Rachel Dierks
EV — Kenzie Mosel
STU — Sydney Estill
SUM — Hadley Cheatum and Kyra Nilson
North Central (NC) — Adyson Linse
Neligh-Oakdale (NO) — Paige Furstenau
Players receiving honorable mention were:
EPPJ — Skyler Meis
BC — Amelia Hoffman, Daydra Zeisler and Haylie Carson
CWC — Michelle Koenig
EV — Brooke Wilcox and Kendra Larsen
NC — Brielle Bussinger, Jenna Hallock and Karley Anderson
NO — Claire Whitesel and Trinity Kurpgeweit
NV — Chaney Konapasek and Emily Parks
STU — Cadence Kramer and Taya Schmaderer
SUM — Emily Nordby and Adyson Mlnarik
West Holt — EmiLee Walnofer
Santee — Dawayna Wabasha
St. Mary’s — Lorissa Reiman and Mya Hedstrom
Congratu-lations and ‘Go Wolfpack!’
ELGIN — Two words, bounce back, best describes the 2020 Wolfpack Volleyball Season At the start of the year, Coach Tina Thiele-Blecher may not have known just how the season would play out with injuries, COVID, etc. But, as September turned into October, she knew the Wolfpack were a team on the rise.
Coming off a 14-15 season one year ago, the Wolfpck rebounded to post a 19-10 record, finish third in the Niobrara Valley Conference Tournament, win the D1-5 subdistrict over Summerland, then see their season end at sub-state as Hartington Cedar Catholic swept EPPJ to advance to state.
The team improved in nearly ever facet of the game from last year. Nowhere was that more visible than at the net as EPPJ had four hitters record more than 100 kills during the season. Leading the way was junior Lexi Bode with 196 kills on 537 swings. Senior Ally Selting had 169 kills, sophomore Skyler Meis added 160 and freshman Ashlynne Charf posted 152.
The team posted 858 kills during the season, up from 610 one year ago.
Sophomore Taylynne Charf turned in another stellar season as the team’s setter. During the 2020 season she posted 630 set assists, more than