FIRST TEAM

Stewartville's Erin Lamb (13) hits the ball at the net during a Class AA state volleyball semifinal against Concordia Academy on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. (Andrew Link / alink@postbulletin.com)
Stewartville's Erin Lamb (13) hits the ball at the net during a Class AA state volleyball semifinal against Concordia Academy on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. (Andrew Link / alink@postbulletin.com)


ERIN LAMB

School: Stewartville

Year: Senior

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Position: Outside hitter

2020 stats: 134 kills, .388 hitting percentage, 22 blocks, 80 digs.

Why she made the team: Put an exclamation mark on a dazzling varsity career that began in eighth grade. Six-feet-2 senior finished career with 1,248 kills, 140 aces, 198 blocks, 741 digs and is a lock to be chosen All-State for the fourth straight year. Comfortable in the back row as well as the front. . .Had the winning kill a year ago when Stewartville won the state championship. . .Will play next year at the University of Kentucky.

Stewartville's Jaidyn Brower (6) bumps the ball during the Section 1AA East volleyball championship against Lake City last season at Mayo Civic Arena. Stewartville prevailed in a wild five sets. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Stewartville's Jaidyn Brower (6) bumps the ball during the Section 1AA East volleyball championship against Lake City last season at Mayo Civic Arena. Stewartville prevailed in a wild five sets. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)


JAIDYN BROWER

School: Stewartville

Year: Senior

Position: Setter

2020 stats: 327 assists, 96 percent serving, 14 aces, 97 digs.

Why she made the team: (Career) 2,078 assists, 1,170 digs. . .All-State honorable mention in 2019. . .Five-year starter, three years as a setter. . .Knows who to set the ball to in critical situations. . .Excellent split-second decision maker. . .Setter for state title team in 2019 and No. 1-ranked team in 2020.

Kasson-Mantorville's Maddie Converse (8) sets the ball during the West Sub-Section 1AA volleyball championship against Cannon Falls Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Kasson-Mantorville's Maddie Converse (8) sets the ball during the West Sub-Section 1AA volleyball championship against Cannon Falls Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)

MADDIE CONVERSE

School: Kasson-Mantorville

Year: Junior

Position: Setter

2020 stats: 17 aces, 337 assists, 52 digs.

Why she made the team: Third-year starter and just a junior. . .Nearly 1,900 career sets. Would have eclipsed 2,300 career assists this season had it not been shortened by COVID-19. . .Superior vision and touch.

Mabel-Canton's Kenidi McCabe (28) hits the ball over the net during a volleyball match against Lanesboro Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Lanesboro. Mabel-Canton beat Lanesboro 3-2. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Mabel-Canton's Kenidi McCabe (28) hits the ball over the net during a volleyball match against Lanesboro Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Lanesboro. Mabel-Canton beat Lanesboro 3-2. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)

KENIDI MCCABE

School: Mabel-Canton

Year: Senior

Position: Setter/Outside hitter/Middle hitter

2020 stats: 162 kills, .443 hitting efficiency, 177 assists, 138 digs, 38 aces, 92 percent serving.

Why she made the team: McCabe goes down as possibly the best player ever at Mabel-Canton and seems a cinch to be named first-team All-State for the third straight. . .No weaknesses in her game and became as much a front-row player as a back row one this season. . .28.7 vertical jump and great defensive skills. . .(career) 3,094 assists, 1,548 digs, 346 aces, 526 kills. . .Committed to NAIA power Viterbo University in La Crosse.

Lake City’s Delaney Issendorf bumps the ball during a volleyball match against Kasson-Mantorville this season in Kasson. Issendorf has developed into someone who is as much of a standout in the back row as the front row. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Lake City’s Delaney Issendorf bumps the ball during a volleyball match against Kasson-Mantorville this season in Kasson. Issendorf has developed into someone who is as much of a standout in the back row as the front row. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)

DELANEY ISSENDORF

School: Lake City

Year: Senior

Position: Outside hitter

2020 stats: 80 kills, 15 aces, 50 digs.

Why she made the team: High-energy player and excellent athlete. . .Great jumping ability and an accurate passer. . .With the exception of this season, led Lake City in kills every year since she was a freshman. All-time school leader in kills (1,032) and second in aces (132). Team MVP the last three seasons, All-HVL the last four seasons.

Kasson-Mantorville’s Noelle VanOort (3) spikes the ball during a girls volleyball match against Triton on Friday, November 13, 2020, at Triton High School in Dodge Center. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Kasson-Mantorville’s Noelle VanOort (3) spikes the ball during a girls volleyball match against Triton on Friday, November 13, 2020, at Triton High School in Dodge Center. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)

NOELLE VANOORT

School: Kasson-Mantorville

Year: Senior

Position: Outside hitter

2020 stats: 15 aces, 133 kills, 14 blocks, 78 digs.

Why she made the team: Leader in kills on one of the top couple of teams in the Rochester area. Also second for K-M in blocks and digs. . .Team’s best attacker and did that at just 5-feet-9.

SECOND TEAM

John Marshall's Chayse Paulson sets the ball during a Big Nine Conference match against Mayo on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, at John Marshall High School in Rochester. (Andrew Link / alink@postbulletin.com)
John Marshall's Chayse Paulson sets the ball during a Big Nine Conference match against Mayo on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, at John Marshall High School in Rochester. (Andrew Link / alink@postbulletin.com)


CHAYSE PAULSON

School: John Marshall

Year: Senior

Position: Setter

2020 stats: 175 assists, 87 digs, 27 kills.

Why she made the team: Sees the court extremely well. . .Competitive and intuitive. . .Team MVP. . .Five-year lettermen. . .School record holder with 2,236 career sets.

Goodhue volleyball player Torri Rehder in action in February 2020. (Red Wing Republican Eagle photo)
Goodhue volleyball player Torri Rehder in action in February 2020. (Red Wing Republican Eagle photo)

TORRIE REHDER

School: Goodhue

Year: Senior

Position: Libero

2020 stats: 23 aces, 39 assists, 362 digs.

Why she made the team: Among the most energetic players ever in southeastern Minnesota. . .Goodhue’s glue and a leader on and off the floor. . .Reached 1,000 career digs. . .All-HVL.

Century's Ashlyn Meincke (13) hits the ball over the net during a volleyball match against Red Wing Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, at Century High School in Rochester. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Century's Ashlyn Meincke (13) hits the ball over the net during a volleyball match against Red Wing Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, at Century High School in Rochester. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)

ASHLYN MEINCKE

School: Century

Year: Senior

Position: Outside hitter

2020 stats: 113 kills, 91 digs, 21 aces.

Why she made the team: All-Big Nine Conference. . .One of the best hitters in the Big Nine. . .Three-year varsity player who was a huge contributor in the front and back rows. . .Great leader and motivator.

Cannon Falls' Jaci Winchell (1) passes the ball during a volleyball match against Byron Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Byron. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Cannon Falls' Jaci Winchell (1) passes the ball during a volleyball match against Byron Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Byron. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)

JACI WINCHELL

School: Cannon Falls

Year: Junior

Position: Setter

2020 stats: 20 aces, 96.5 serve percentage, 382 assists, 8 blocks, 97 digs.

Why she made the team: All-HVL in 2019 and 2020. . .1,000 career assists, team MVP this season and last. . .Athletic setter who allows Bombers to run a quick offense. . .Intelligent and selfless player. Also solid on defense and a threat up front.

Stewartville’s Jolie Stecher spikes the ball during a game on Thursday, October 8, 2020, in Stewartville.  (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Stewartville’s Jolie Stecher spikes the ball during a game on Thursday, October 8, 2020, in Stewartville. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)

JOLIE STECHER

School: Stewartville

Year: Senior

Position: Middle hitter

2020 stats: 21 aces, 84 kills, 14 blocks, 88 digs, 90 percent serve/receive.

Why she made the team: All-HVL the last two years. . .(Career) 452 kills, 93 blocks, 619 digs, 81 aces, 95.4 percent serve/receive. . . Five-year varsity starter. . .Hard worker and fierce competitor.

Byron's Sacia Vanderpool (10) hits the ball over the net during a volleyball match against Kasson-Mantorville Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, in Byron. Kasson-Mantorville beat Byron 3-0. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Byron's Sacia Vanderpool (10) hits the ball over the net during a volleyball match against Kasson-Mantorville Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, in Byron. Kasson-Mantorville beat Byron 3-0. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)

SACIA VANDERPOOL

School: Byron

Year: Senior

Position: Middle blocker

2020 stats: 131 kills, .342 hitting percentage, 23 blocks.

Why she made the team: At 6-feet-4 and mobile, Vanderpool was dominant at the net. . .Surpassed 750 kills for her career, fifth all-time at Byron. . .Two-time All-HVL choice. . .Pivotal on offense and defense for the Bears and showed steady improvement. . .Will play Division I basketball at Wisconsin next year.

HONORABLE MENTION

BYRON

Sophia Gartner, So., OH: 116 kills, 94 digs, 21 aces, 13 blocks. . .All-HVL. . .Dynamic hitter and athlete. . .First year on the varsity.

CALEDONIA

Grace Pivet, Sr., Libero: 110 digs. . .Fantastic worker and leader. . .All-Three Rivers Conference.

Dana Augedahl, Sr., OH: 87 digs, 109/117 serve/receive. . .Another strong leader.

Lyza Hoscheit, Sr., RSH: 7 blocks. . .Never-give-up attitude.

Claire Buttell, Sr., Setter: 60 assists. . .Held back some with an ankle injury. . .Ever-improving player.

CANNON FALLS

Makayla Bowen, Sr., OH: (Missed team’s final five matches) 12 aces, 93.8 serving percentage, 51 kills, 58 digs, 6 blocks. . .All-HVL the last two seasons and Academic All-State this season. . .A positive and giving teammate.

Halle Hustad, Sr., MH: 9 aces, 73 kills, 40 kill percentage, 28 blocks, 12 digs. . .Offensive force at the net. . .Positive presence.

Madison Burr, Fr., MH: 12 aces, 131 kills, 46 kill percentage, 30 blocks, 33 digs. . .At 6-1, a major presence at the net. . .Explosive hitter with a variety of shots. . .Full of fire and a player to watch the next three seasons. . .All-HVL.

Breanna Robinson, Jr., Libero: 9 aces, 96 serving percentage, 15 kills, 155 digs. . .Passing and defense grew as the season rolled along. . .Read defense is strong, allowing her to cover large areas of the court.

Kyra Schoenfelder, So., DS: 13 aces, 78 digs. . .Gritty player on defense. . .Serves with tempo and places it well.

CENTURY

Rachel Schmitz, Sr., Libero: 117 digs, 11 aces. . .All-Big Nine Conference. . .Plays with loads of energy, flying all over the court. . .Terrific passer.

Megan Lund, Fr., Setter: 173 assists, 10 aces, 53 digs. . .Excellent passer and consistent server. . .Top-notch teammate.

COTTER

Kelli Hadaway, Sr., Setter: Team MVP the last two years. . .Second in Three Rivers Conference in assists and Cotters’s all-time leader in assists . .All-Three Rivers Conference the last three years. . .Massive work ethic.

Alison French, Jr., Libero: All-Three Rivers Conference the last two years. . .Team leader in digs and serve-receive. . .Exceptional at reading the court.

FILLMORE CENTRAL

KJ Corson, Sr., Libero: 181 digs, 125 for 127 serving, All-Three Rivers Conference the last two years. . .Four-year starter. . .1,399 career digs. . .Consistent and a worker.

Maddie Krage, Sr., OH: 142 kills, 4.5 kills per set, 7 blocks. . .Three Rivers Conference kills leader. . .Moved from middle to outside hitter. . .Fillmore Central’s go-to player.

Lauren Mensink, Jr., Setter: 278 assists, 127-for-134 serving, 36 kills, 104 digs, 10 blocks. . .All-Three Rivers Conference. . .Led the Three Rivers in assists. . .Team’s emotional leader.

Hadley Yoder, Sr., MH: 23 aces, 79 kills, 13 blocks. . .Led Three Rivers Conference in aces.

Hope Sexton, Sr., DS: 122-for-133 serving, 106 digs. . .Smart player who also stays calm.

Ashlyn Simon, Sr., DS: 116-for-120 serving, 10 aces, 79 digs, 2.72 digs per set. . .Likely team’s most improved player.

GLENVILLE-EMMONS

Lauren Heskett, So., OH/RSH: 51 kills, 15 aces, 110 digs. . .Outstanding athlete and worker. . .Versatile player.

Skyler Cosens, Sr., MH: 9 blocks, 43 kills. . .Not afraid of the big moment.

GOODHUE

Hannah Gadient, Sr., Setter: 33 kills, 34 aces, 15 blocks, 97 digs, 308 assists (also missed 4 1/2 matches this season). . Surpassed 1,000 career sets as a junior. . .Varsity player since she was a freshman. . .All-HVL.

Arianna Thomforde, Sr., OH: 176 digs, 90 kills, 26 aces. . .Consistent and adds greatly to team chemistry.

Joslyn Carlson, Jr., MB: 117 kills, 35 blocks, 51 digs, 13 aces, 10 assists. . .Two-year starter who’s quick, smart and a menace at the net.

Elissa Lodermeier, Sr., OH: 133 digs, 105 kills, 14 aces. . .Keeps getting better and became a go-to player this season.

JOHN MARSHALL

Lilly Meister, Jr., MH/OH: 101 kills, 60 digs, 132 serve receives. . .Excellent up front and in the back. Also the top-ranked girls basketball in southeastern Minnesota. . .A natural leader and a third-year letterman. . .JM’s Offensive Player of the Year. . .All-Big Nine Conference.

Abby Stoltz, So., DS: 29 digs. . .First-year lettermen. Incredible worker who is all about team. . .JM’s Defensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year.

KASSON-MANTORVILLE

Mya Suess, Sr., MB: 69 kills, 24 blocks, 36 sets. . .Four-year starter. . .399 career kills and 296 blocks. . .Second all-time at K-M in career blocks, behind sister Peyton Suess.

Cate Wanous, Jr., Libero: 17 aces, 98 digs. . .Strong passer and defender. . .Third-year varsity player. . .Second year starting at libero.

KENYON-WANAMINGO

Hailey Lerfald, Sr., MH: (Played in just four matches) 11 blocks, 13 kills, 34.5 kill percentage. . .Dislocated her ankle in July and was back on the court in October. . .Determined 6-feet senior and a leader on and off the court.

Leah Berg, Jr., RSH: 46 kills, 90.8 serve percentage, 32.6 kill percentage, 24 blocks, 21 digs. . .Versatile player who moved from right-side hitter to the middle due to teammate’s injury.

Tessa Erlandson, So., OH: 6 aces, 90 kills, 94.1 kill percentage, 13 blocks, 73 digs. . .First year as a starter. . .Led team in kills, serving percentage and digs.

Josi Quam, So., Setter: 3 aces, 24 kills, 211 assists, 13 blocks, 63 digs. . .Excellent decision maker who averaged 6.8 assists per game.

LA CRESCENT

(Team played just four matches)

Piper Walton, Sr., Libero: 86 digs, 4 aces. . .All-Three Rivers Conference. . .Superior attitude and role model.

Kennedi Hill, Jr., OH: 5 aces, 13 kills, 15 digs. . .All-Three Rivers Conference. . .Three-year varsity player. . .A go-to player.

LAKE CITY

Grace Bany, Sr., MH: 85 kills, 48 blocks. . .(career) 435 kills, 165 blocks, 22 ace serves. . .Intimidating player up front; dominated on offense and defense. . .Coachable and an eager worker.

Hannah Labonte, Sr., MH: 75 kills, 32 blocks, 13 aces, .444 kill percentage. . .(career) 415 kills, 139 blocks, 39 aces. . .One of Lake City’s most consistent all-time players. . .Excellent skills and coachable.

Olivia Pennington, Sr., OH: 76 kills, 24 blocks, 11 aces. . .(career) 443 kills, 74 blocks, 39 aces, 240 digs. . .Hits the ball with authority. . .Showed constant improvement.

Elyse Dalager, Sr., Setter: 19 aces. . .(career) 1,637 assists, 149 aces, 448 digs. . .Lake City’s all-time leader in sets and second in aces. . .An excellent athlete.

LANESBORO

Sydney Taylor, Sr., OH: 112 kills, 24 aces, 141 digs. . .Four-year starter and team leader in kills, points and ace serves. . .Team’s No. 1 leader and go-to player.

Ella Cambern, Jr., Setter: 318 assists, 111 digs. . .Fourth-year varsity player. . .Team leader and smart setter.

Malia Tessum, Jr., Libero: 237 digs, 351 passes. . .Four-year varsity player. . .Excellent defensive player and court controller.

Jessie Schreiber, So., MH: 119 kills, 77 digs, 34 blocks. . .Lefty who hits to all areas. . .Top bocker on the team. . .6-feet tall

Kaci Ruen, So., MH: 20 aces, 131 kills, 98 digs, 27 blocks. . .Quick swinger who hits to all areas. . .First in kills and team points. . .6-feet tall.

LEROY-OSTRANDER

Sidney Lewison, Jr., MH: 29 sets, 51 kills, 19 blocks, 8 aces. . .Transitioned from outside hitter to middle hitter this season. . .Dominant blocker and consistent go-to hitter in the front row.

LEWISTON-ALTURA

(Team played just five matches)

Anna Hennessy, Jr., MH/OH: 78 kills, 54 digs, 95-percent serve/receive. . .All-Three Rivers Conference. . .First in the Three Rivers in serve/receive, second overall in kills per set. . .Dynamic attacker. . .Leads by example on and off the court. . .Community volunteer.

MABEL-CANTON

Jordyn Newgard, Sr., MH: 89 kills, .342 hitting proficiency, 40 aces, 94 digs. . .Two-time All-Southeast Conference selection. . .Explosive attacker, primary passer in server/receive and tenacious defensively.

Sophie Morken, So., Setter/OH/MH: 100 kills, 50 aces, 209 assists, 84 digs. . .All-Southeast Conference. . .Excellent all-around skills and high volleyball IQ.

MAYO

Anna Miller, Sr., MB: 83 kills, 19 blocks. . .All-Big Nine Conference. . .A mobile 6-feet-3 and a force to be reckoned with at the net. . .Ability to attack in front of and behind the setter made her a strong scoring option.

Kennedy Hady, Sr., OH/RSH: 51 kills, 16 aces, 81 digs, 9 blocks. . .Passion to compete at all times. . .Smart player who finds ways to score from all areas of the court. . .Plays with toughness.

PINE ISLAND

Emma Kuball, Sr., Libero: 133 digs, 21 aces. . .Great communicator. . .Team’s defensive MVP.

PLAINVIEW-ELGIN-MILLVILLE

Abby Hinrichs, Sr., Setter: 267 sets, 34 aces, 91 percent serving, 35 kills, 76 digs. . .(career) 904 sets, 103 aces. . .Three-year varsity player. . .All-Three Rivers Conference the last three years. . .Academic All-State.

Alyx Doughty, Sr., MH: 105 kills, 18 blocks, 92 percent serving. . .(career) 353 kills, 95 blocks. . .Three-year varsity player, team captain. . .All-Three Rivers Conference the last two years. . .Academic All-State.

Teagan Hansen, Jr., OH: 92 kills 149 digs, 94 percent serving. . .(career) 243 kills, 487 digs, 94 percent serve/receive. . .All-Three Rivers Conference.

Rylee Nelson, Sr., Libero/DS: 121 digs, 93 percent serving, 92 percent serve/receive. . .(career) 419 digs, 90 percent serve/receive. . .Academic All-State.

RANDOLPH

Megan Erickson, Sr., MH: 35 aces, 145 kills, 19 blocks, 5 assists, 65 digs. . .Four-year starter in the middle and go-to player whether in the front or the back. . .Team leader in aces, kills and blocks and all-time kills leader at Randolph. . .All-Southeast Conference.

Meredith Taylor, Sr., Libero: 26 aces, 187 digs. . .Starting libero for four years. . .First Goodhue player to get t1,000 digs and career and single match leader in digs. . .Great reader of offenses. . .All-Southeast Conference.

Morgyn Otte, Sr., Setter: 29 aces, 51 kills, 5 blocks, 213 assists, 122 digs. . .Career leader in assists at Randolph with 851. . .All-Southeast Conference.

SOUTHLAND

Bailey Johnson, Jr., MH: 15 aces, 96 kills, kill percentage of 36. . .Southland’s Offensive Player of the Year. . .Great as a hitter.

Kayla Nelson, Sr., DS/OH: 18 aces, 30 kills, 137 digs. . .Southland’s Defensive Player of the Year. . .Great off-season dedication.

Larissa Goslee, Sr., Setter: 7 aces, 98 percent server, 207 assists, 121 digs. . .Southland’s MVP. . .Foundation of the team. . .Strong defensively.

SPRING GROVE

Maggie Lile, So., Libero: 27 aces, 93 percent server, 188 digs, 13 kills, 31 assists. . .Serving and ball-control skills stand out. . .Great volleyball IQ and makes correct adjustments on defense. . .All-Southeast Conference.

ST. CHARLES

(Team played just five matches)

Lindsey Root, Sr., OH: 10 aces, 110 digs. . .Three times All-Three Rivers Conference and four-year starter. . .Three-sport athlete and 4.0 GPA student.

Triniti Gbala, Sr., MH: 62 kills, 9 blocks. . .All-Three Rivers Conference the last two years. . .Three-sport athlete.

Ashley Paul, Sr., Setter: 53 digs, 204 assists. . .Third-year starter and a 4.0 GPA student. . .Over 1,000 career assists. . .91 percent server. . .Owns a wicked serve.

Katie Dailey, Sr., RSH: 93 percent server, 35 kills, 146 digs, 9 aces. . .Three-sport athlete and 4.0 GPA student. . .Very versatile and a three-year starter.

Lauryn Delger, So., OH: 61 kills, 15 aces, 89 digs. . .Great athlete who plays like a veteran. . .Great reader of the floor. . .4.0 GPA student. . .Three-sport athlete.

Kylee Reps, Sr., Libero: 100 digs, 97-percent server. . .Great teammate.

TRITON

Brenna Essigl, Sr., OH: 65 kills, 13 aces, 95 digs, 15 blocks, 60 assists. . .Extremely versatile and rather left the floor. . .All-HVL. . .Committed to play at St. Catherine’s next year.

Chloe Staubl, Sr., MH: 65 kills, 15 blocks, 5 aces. . .Starter since her freshman year. . .Dynamic hitter and blocker. . .Playmaker for Triton the last four years. . .All-HVL.

ZUMBROTA-MAZEPPA

Rylee Nelson, So., Setter: Per three-game match averaged 3 kills, 1.3 aces, 1.1 blocks, 10.1 digs and 25 assists. . .175 assists, 71 digs for the season. . .All-HVL the last two seasons. . .1,000 career assists and a three-year starter. . .Fills multiple rolls for Z-M and knowledgeable.

— Pat Ruff