PB 2022 All-Area Volleyball team: Old and young make honor squad a dynamic bunch

Mayo's Hannah Hanson, Century's Paige Decker, Zumbrota-Mazeppa's Rylee Nelson and Cannon Falls' Madison Burr lead the veterans on this PB All-Area Volleyball team, while Mabel-Canton's Sahara Morken

Century’s Paige Decker turned in another stellar season and once again is a member of our PB All-Area Volleyball team in 2022.
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School: Century

Year: Senior

Position: Middle hitter

2022 stats: 368 kills, 46 blocks, 116 digs, 42 aces.

Why she made the team: Decker is among the most athletic players in southeastern Minnesota, complete with a tremendous vertical jump. An all-around player who was named to the All-State team, Decker combines ability and production with great character. She’s humble, hard working and positive. Decker will play next year at the University of Minnesota Duluth.


Section 1A, 1AA girls volleyball semifinals
Zumbrota-Mazeppa’s Rylee Nelson (7) blocks the ball during a Section 1AA girls volleyball semifinal match against Caledonia on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.
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School: Zumbrota-Mazeppa

Year: Senior

Position: Hitter/setter

2022 stats: 310 kills, 432 assists, 346 digs, 61 blocks, 19 aces, 2,000 career assists, 1,000 career digs.

Why she made the team: An All-State selection and also the Post Bulletin’s Volleyball Player of the year, Nelson does everything well on the volleyball court and has statistics to back that up. That includes having 310 kills this season, 432 assists and 346 digs, an almost unheard of trifecta. Nelson will play volleyball at Division I Seton Hall University next year.

Mabel-Canton's Sahara Morken sets the ball during a Section 1A quarterfinal match against Hayfield on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.
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Rylee Nelson, a Zumbrota-Mazeppa senior, is the Post Bulletin's 2022 Volleyball Player of the Year after dominating in so many categories.


School: Mabel-Canton


Year: Sophomore

Position: Setter

2022 stats: 1,262 assists, 95 aces, 335 digs.

Why she made the team: An athletic setter who makes great decisions setting the ball. Morken set a school record with 68 assists (in only four sets) in the Section 1A final and led her team to the state tournament. Named All-State and named to the All-State Tournament team.

Cannon Falls, Pequot Lakes Class AA Championship volleyball
Cannon Falls’ Madison Burr (8) hits the ball during the Class AA volleyball championship match against Pequot Lakes on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
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School: Cannon Falls

Year: Junior

Position: Middle hitter


2022 stats: 468 kills, 43% on kills, 113 blocks, 31 aces.

Why she made the team: Burr was the No. 1 star on a Cannon Falls team that won its first state volleyball tournament championship. Burr is the most resounding hitter in southeastern Minnesota, with kills that echo in gymnasiums. Also has subtlety and wit to her game, able to find openings for points with finessed shots. An All-State selection for the second straight season. Brings a high level of intensity to the court.

Byron, Kasson-Mantorville Section 1AAA volleyball championship
Kasson-Mantorville’s Aryss McAdams (1) cheers after winning a point during the Section 1AAA volleyball championship match against Byron on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.
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School: Kasson-Mantorville

Year: Senior

Position: Libero

2022 stats: 560 digs (school record), 63 aces, 80 assists.

Why she made the team: McAdams was the ultimate leader on a K-M team that reached the state tournament for the second straight year and finished third overall. She set the K-M single-season record for digs with 560. McAdams was named All-State and was also named to the All-State Tournament team.

Mayo, Stewartville girls volleyball
Mayo's Hannah Hanson (4) hits the ball during a girls volleyball game against Stewartville on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, at Mayo High School in Rochester. Mayo defeated Stewartville 3-0.
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School: Mayo

Year: Senior

Position: Hitter/Setter

2022 stats: 455 assists, 231 kills, 216 digs, 40 blocks, 37 aces.

Why she made the team: A terrific all-around athlete who is also a terrific all-around volleyball player. Hanson led the team in assists and was second in kills and digs. Named All-State. Will play next year at Division II Biola University in California.


Kenyon-Wanamingo’s Tessa Erlandson (3) hits the ball during a Section 1A semifinal volleyball match against Mabel-Canton in 2021 at Mayo Civic Center.
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School: Kenyon-Wanamingo

Year: Senior

Position: Outside hitter

2022 stats: 337 kills, 10 blocks, 25 blocks, 386 digs.

Why she made the team: Erlandson played all six rotations and starred throughout. She finished her season by being named All-State. Also an academic star (3.9 GPA), Erlandson has tremendous drive and dedication to the sport. She will play next year at UW-Stevens Point.

Byron, Kasson-Mantorville Section 1AAA volleyball championship
Byron’s Sophia Gartner (7) blocks the ball during the Section 1AAA volleyball championship match against Kasson-Mantorville on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.
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School: Byron

Year: Senior

Position: Outside hitter

2022 stats: 276 kills, 231 digs, 46 aces, 31 blocks, 17 assists.

Why she made the team: A strong leader and a powerhouse on the outside. Seemed to do her best in the biggest matches and toughest moments. Will play volleyball next year at Division II Northwest Missouri State University.

Mayo, Stewartville girls volleyball
Stewartville's Arianna Blohm (7) hits the ball during a girls volleyball game against Mayo on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, at Mayo High School in Rochester.
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School: Stewartville

Year: Senior

Position: Middle hitter

2022 stats: 338 kills, 163 digs, 48 aces, 62 blocks.

Why she made the team: Blohm is an imposing 6-feet-1 and with a big swing. She was named to the All-State team and will play next year at Division I North Dakota State University.

Section 1A, 1AA girls volleyball semifinals
Spring Grove’s Addyson McHugh (8) cheers after winning a point during a Section 1A girls volleyball semifinal match against Bethlehem Academy on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.
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School: Spring Grove

Year: Senior

Position: Middle hitter

2022 stats: 325 kills, 53 aces, 54 blocks, 206 digs.

Why she made the team: McHugh, an All-State choice, finished her high school career with more than 1,000 kills. McHugh consistently took over matches this season with her forceful offensive attacks, from all spots on the floor.

Byron, Kasson-Mantorville Section 1AAA volleyball championship
Kasson-Mantorville’s Whittney Deno (9) hits the ball during the Section 1AAA volleyball championship match against Byron on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.
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School: Kasson-Mantorville

Year: Senior

Position: Pin hitter

2022 stats: 334 kills, 418 digs, 34 aces, 26 blocks.

Why she made the team: Deno has tremendous on-court focus and is a true all-around player with her 334 kills and 418 digs, a rare total for any player. Helped guide K-M to its second-straight state tournament.

Dover-Eyota, Chatfield girls volleyball
Chatfield’s Jaelyn LaPlante (4) goes in for a kill during a girls volleyball game against Dover-Eyota on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, at Dover-Eyota High School in Eyota.
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School: Chatfield

Year: Sophomore

Position: Outside hitter

2022 stats: 341 kills, 244 digs.

Why she made the team: LaPlante has an electric style of play and her 341 kills (also best hitting percentage in the Three Rivers) and 244 digs are huge numbers. At just 5-7, she is the most effective undersized player around. Led her team to a 26-3 record, the best in school history. A six-rotation player and All-Three Rivers.



Kristen Nielsen, Jr., libero: 259 digs, 16 aces, 28 assists. . .All-Big Nine. . .The defensive glue for Austin. Peyton Manahan, Sr., outside hitter: 102 kills, 184 digs, 13 assists. . .A go-to player with a big swing.


Sierra Larson, Sr. middle hitter: 226 kills, 34 blocks, 234 digs, 24 assists. Macy Lembke, Jr., setter: 61 kills, 4 blocks, 249 digs, 587 assists. Haven Carlson, Sr., outside hitter: 147 kills, 12 blocks, 84 digs.


Gabrielle Gartner, Sr., middle hitter: 247 kills, 199 digs, 61 blocks, 36 aces, 13 assists. . .All-State. . .Certainly the top player on this honorable-mention list. All-State for the second straight year. Strong leader who will play at Division II Northwest Missouri State University next year. Kailani Schroeder, So., setter: 563 assists, 171 digs, 63 aces, 15 kills. . .All-HVL honorable mention. . .Stepped into the role of setter seamlessly. Also a fine server. Lexi Nelson, Jr., middle hitter: 160 kills, 217 digs, 42 blocks, 30 aces. . .All-HVL honorable mention. . .Smart player who places the ball precisely to all areas of the court. A hard worker. Lauren Fjerstad, Jr., outside hitter: 200 kills, 184 digs, 38 aces, 16 blocks. . .All-HVL honorable mention. Strong offensive and defensive player.


Logan Koepke, Jr., outside hitter: 339 kills, 271 digs, 31 aces, 34 blocks. . .All-Three Rivers. . .A complete player. Jovial King, Sr., setter: 631 assists, 159 digs, 30 aces. . .All-Three Rivers. . .Extremely consistent player. Paige Klug, Sr., outside hitter: 241 kills, 216 digs, 39 blocks. . .All-Three Rivers. . .Versatile and willing to play anywhere.


Kyra Schoenfelder, Sr., libero: 599 digs (1,023 in her career), 22 assists, 26 aces. . .All-HVL. . .The most consistent player all season for the Bombers. Really covers ground and a great server. Elleana Lind, Sr., middle hitter: 147 blocks, 155 kills. . .All-HVL. . .Team top blocker. Reads opposing setters well. Quick off the floor. Falon Hepola, Fr., setter: 1,155 assists (school record), 31 aces, 287 digs, 21 blocks. . .All-HVL. . .Never tires and able to brush off mistakes. Great instincts. Karsyn Winchell, So., outside hitter: 202 kills, 286 digs, 32 aces. . .All-State Tournament team. . .Dynamic player with a fast approach, excellent leaper and quick swing. Kallie Johnson, Jr., outside hitter: 174 kills, 158 digs, 46 blocks, 25 aces. . .Tough server and worked hard on her defensive skills. Excellent in the state tournament. Rachael Miller, Sr., middle hitter/right-side hitter: 175 kills, 46 blocks, 13 aces. . .Explosive leaper and quick off the floor. Strong blocker on a team that depended on that.


Megan Lund, Jr., setter: 48 aces, 771 assists, 238 digs. . .All-Big Nine. . .A starter since the eighth grade, Lund is the ultimate team player and worker. Kaitlyn Meincke, Jr., libero: 35 aces, 460 digs. . .All-Big Nine. . .Arguably the top libero in the Big Nine, Meincke flies around the back of the court. Elise Jensen, Sr., middle hitter: 38 blocks, 192 kills. . .All-Big Nine. . .Has grown into a standout player. Will play next year at Minnesota State, Mankato. Ella Zmolek, Jr., setter: 17 aces, 171 kills, 260 digs. . .All-Big Nine honorable mention. . .Constantly trying to get better and a team player.


Harper Goldsmith, Fr., setter: 691 assists, 58 aces, 74 kills, 158 digs. . .All-Three Rivers. . .Had the most assists and aces in the Three Rivers. . .Athletic and accurate. Cora Bicknese, 8th grade, libero: 364 digs, 44 aces. . .All-Three Rivers. . .Most digs in the Three Rivers, 18th in the state.


Rachel Heskett, Sr., setter/middle hitter: 140 kills, 33 aces, 15 blocks, 185 digs, 149 assists. . .All-Southeast honorable mention. . .A leader and intense. Lauren Heskett, Sr., hitter 103 kills, 14 aces, 9 blocks, 227 digs, 26 assists. . .Passionate player. Avery Hornberger, Jr., setter/outside hitter: 52 kills, 26 aces, 78 blocks, 155 digs, 137 assists. . .Excellent all-around volleyball abilities.


Isabelle Fretty, Sr., setter: 29 aces, 63 kills, 11 blocks, 264 digs, 586 assists. . .All-Southeast. Kendyl Queensland, Sr., outside hitter: 29 aces, 205 kills, 23 blocks, 274 digs. . .All-Southeast.


Kammry Broadwater, Jr., outside hitter: 246 kills, 233 digs, 27 blocks, 32 aces. . .All-Three Rivers. . .Six-rotation player and a strong leader. . .Abigail Bothun, Sr., outside hitter: 222 kills, 246 digs, 21 blocks, 46 aces. . .All-Three Rivers honorable mention. . .Six-rotation player, gives balance to offensive attack. Kyla Hellickson, Fr., libero: 410 digs, 57 aces. . .All-Three Rivers. . .Starter since eighth grade. Great anticipation and effort. Alyssa Britton, Jr., middle hitter: 202 kills, 55 blocks, 35 aces. . .All-Three Rivers. . .Versatile and able to run a number of attacks.


Tori Miller, Sr., outside hitter: 225 kills, 14 assists, 234 digs, 33 aces. . .All-HVL. . .Played all six rotations and has a powerful swing. Excellent defender, too. Elisabeth Gadient, Jr., setter/right-side hitter: 207 kills, 325 assists, 255 digs, 6 blocks, 26 aces. . .All-HVL honorable mention. . .Smart and ran a great offense.


Reese Bauman, Sr., middle hitter: 327 kills, 58 blocks, 110 digs. . .All-Gopher and team MVP. . .A constant threat offensively and defensively. Sydney Risius, Sr., setter: 54 kills, 24 aces, 13 blocks, 202 digs, 735 sets (more than 1,000 for her career). . .All-Gopher. . .Smart, sneaky setter. Haeven Skjervem, Sr., outside hitter: 104 kills, 23 aces, 12 blocks, 208 digs. . .All-Gopher. . .Broke her leg on Oct. 4 or would have had bigger stats. Ava Carney, Sr., Libero: 15 aces, 473 digs, 31 assists. . .All-Gopher honorable mention. . .Extremely scrappy. Natalie Beaver, Jr., middle hitter: 153 kills, 35 blocks, 33 digs. . .Uses her length to get multiple touches. Jenna Klocke, Jr., outside hitter: 116 kills, 34 aces, 316 digs. . .Athletic and also team’s second-best defender.


Syndney Torgerson, Sr., middle hitter/outside hitter: 213 kills, 199 digs, 32 blocks, 31 aces. . .All-Southeast, academic All-State, team MVP.


Addyson Timpane, Jr., outside hitter: All-Big Nine honorable mention. . .An aggressive swing. Kaelyn Johnson, Jr., libero: Excellent at keeping hard-hit balls in play.


Ella Babcock, Sr., pin hitter: 325 kills, 183 digs, 40 aces, 23 blocks. . .All-HVL honorable mention. . .Presence in the huddle and on the court is superb. An extremely hard worker who put up big numbers. Abby Distad, Jr., setter: 979 assists, 36 kills, 256 digs. . .All-HVL. . .Plays with great energy and encouragement. Ellie Ask, Jr., right-side hitter: 281 kills, 135 digs, 8 blocks. . . .All-HVL honorable mention. . .Rare numbers with nearly 300 kills and 150 digs as a right-side hitter. Sophia Sutton, Sr., middle blocker: 98 kills, 19 aces, 45 blocks, 21 digs. . .All-HVL honorable mention. . .Team leader in blocks and a high hitting percentage (.196).


Josi Quam, Sr., outside hitter: 210 kills, 14 block assists, 268 digs. . .Second-team All-Gopher. . .4.0 GPA. . .Hard worker and versatile.


Anika Reiland, Sr., outside hitter: 322 digs, 183 kills, 41 aces. . .All-Southeast. . .Great on offense and defense.


Kinlee Grattan, Jr., setter: 229 assists, 146 digs, 21 kills. . .All-Three Rivers. . .Excellent court awareness and leader on and off the court. Abbi Ernster, So., outside hitter: 98 kills, 9 blocks, 70 digs, 8 aces. . .All-Three Rivers honorable mention. . .Has a calmness on the court and is encouraging to teammates.


Kaci Ruen, Sr., middle hitter: 289 kills, 49 aces, 214 digs, 58 blocks. . .All-Southeast. Jessie Schreiber, Sr., middle hitter: 189 kills. . .All-Southeast. Jensyn Storhoff, Fr., setter/outside hitter: 81 kills, 188 assists, 274 digs. . .All-Southeast. Ellie Howard, Fr., libero: 210 digs. Claire Keasling, Jr., outside hitter: 368 assists, 122 digs, 28 kills.


Jordan Runde, Sr., outside hitter: 270 kills, 279 digs, 12 blocks, 51 aces. . .All-Southeast. . .Three-year starter, all-around player who attacks from front or back rows with power. Jenna Olson, Jr., setter: 597 assists, 23 aces, 23 aces, 146 digs, 9 kills. . .All-Southeast. . .Great setter with loads of athleticism and accuracy, able to set the ball from all parts of the court. Benita Nolt, So., middle hitter: 220 kills, 255 digs, 48 aces, 58 blocks. . .All-Southeast. . .All-around player, never comes off the floor.


Lindsey Rossow, Sr., outside hitter: 199 kills, 224 digs, 38 aces. . .All-HVL. . .A great passer and powerful hitter.


Kinley Soiney, Fr., middle hitter: 441 kills (third all-time at M-C), 102 blocks. . .All-Southeast, All-State Tournament team. . .School record 38 kills in Section 1A final (in four sets). An athletic and confident freshman. Sophie Morken, Sr., outside hitter: 211 kills, 435 digs, 69 aces. . .All-Southeast. . .Limited by a bone bruise on her knee. Great ball control. Saijal Slafter, So., middle hitter: 356 kills, 36 aces, 53 blocks. . .All-Southeast. . .Undersized for a middle but still has a huge impact. Rarely gets blocked.


Madison Meyer, Sr., outside hitter: 253 kills, 175 digs, 46 aces, 19 blocks. . .All-Big Nine. . .Intense player, leader and Mayo’s No. 1 hitter. Jadyn Lester, Jr., setter: 370 assists, 170 digs, 170 kills, 52 aces, 31 blocks. . .All-Big Nine. . .Can compete with anyone. Scores points in a variety of ways and never quits. Maria Winter, Sr., outside hitter: 117 kills, 141 digs, 265 aces, 13 blocks. . .All-Big Nine. . .Missed a number of matches with illness, but still put up huge numbers. Super consistent player. Ava Miller, Jr., middle blocker: 158 kills, 71 blocks, 33 digs, 11 aces. . .All-Big Nine. . .Turned into an elite blocker and has a strong offensive game. Alexa Carlstrom, Jr., libero: 321 digs, 26 aces. . .All-Big Nine honorable mention. . .New starter at libero who caught on a hurry. Great on serve/receive.


Reese Koenen, Jr., middle blocker: 197 kills, 61 blocks, 105 digs, 20 aces, 113 assists. . .All-HVL. . .Great competitor, pushes her teammates to perform.


Kennedy Knopp, Sr., outside hitter/libero: 309 digs, 237 kills, 57 aces, 30 assists, 13 blocks. . .All-Big Nine. . .Constantly relied on to make big plays. Excellent volleyball IQ and passion. Taylor Shelstad, Jr., setter: 662 assists, 159 digs, 22 aces, 28 kills, 22 blocks. . .All-Big Nine honorable mention. . .Team leader, athletic.


Kaylee Ruberg, Sr., outside hitter: 937 career kills. . .All-Three Rivers. . .A natural athlete. Isabelle Kahoun, Sr., setter: 1,710 career assists. . .All-Three Rivers. . .A smart setter, always going against the flow of the defense. Tayler Helgemoe, Jr., middle hitter: All-Three Rivers. . .An excellent blocker. Hannah Ronnenberg, Sr., right-side hitter: All-Three Rivers honorable mention. . .Super consistent and can play any position.


Katelyn McCabe, Jr., outside hitter: 98 kills, 28 aces, 229 digs, 7 blocks, 81 digs


Maggie Lile, Sr., libero: 384 digs, 62 aces, 91 assists, 20 kills. . .All-Southeast Conference. . .High volleyball IQ. Court awareness and defensive skills set her apart.


Eva Anderson, Sr., setter: 29 aces, 56 kills, 405 assists. 231 digs. . . All-Three Rivers. Lauryn Delger, Sr., outside hitter: 13 aces, 191 kills, 14 blocks, 286 digs. . .All-Three Rivers.


Hannah Martinson, Sr., libero: 435 digs, 93% on serves. . .Excellent defender and great in serve/receive. Kept the Tigers in system.


Lola Wanger, Sr., libero: 457 digs, 30 aces, 104 assists. . .All-HVL. . .A tenacious defender who led Z-M’s back row.


Kaylie Vold, Sr., outside hitter. 19 aces, 139 kills, 173 digs. . .All-Three Rivers. Ileana deAngel, Jr., setter: 335 assists, 37 aces, 40 kills, 302 digs. . .All-Three Rivers.

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Pat has been a Post Bulletin sports reporter since 1994. He covers Rochester John Marshall football, as well as a variety of other southeastern Minnesota football teams. Among my other southeastern Minnesota high school beats are girls basketball, boys and girls tennis, boys and girls track and field, high school and American Legion baseball, volleyball, University of Minnesota sports (on occasion) and the Timberwolves (on occasion). Readers can reach Pat at 507-285-7723 or
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