Sunday, August 7, 2011

Let the Previews Begin: Girls Division One Sectional One (Be Sure to Look for the Entirely Random Reference to the U. of Nebraska's Outside Hitter)

2010 RECAP

Merrill defeated Wausau East in one sectional semifinal and Eau Claire North defeated Eau Claire Memorial in the other. Eau Claire North beat Merrill in three sets to advance to the state quarterfinals, where they lost in four to eventual champion, Kaukauna.

  • Antigo Senior Megan Hanke earned an honorable mention Great Northern all-conference nod last season.
  • Chippewa Falls Both youth and age will be served: Senior Val Hayes was first-team Big Rivers all-conference last season and sophomore Mercedes Antolak was honorable mention.
  • D.C. Everest Senior Morgan Aubrey was second-team Wisconsin Valley all-conference last season and junior Katrina Raskie was honorable mention.
  • Eau Claire Memorial Seniors Kreisha Gagner and Cassie Takishita were honorable mention Big Rivers all-conference in 2010.
  • Eau Claire North Class of 2011 outside Alicia Olson is gone, but senior outside Macki Fadness returns. She tallied 185 kills last season to earn second-team Big Rivers all-conference honors. Junior setter Taylor Laube is also back. She had 320 assists in 2010, including 14 in the state quarterfinal against Kaukauna. Senior defensive specialist Abbie Richardson had 350 digs last season, earning her a first-team all-conference nod.
  • Hudson Junior Hannah Wirth and senior Katrina Zenz were honorable mention Big Rivers all-conference honorees. The aforementioned junior's more famous namesake will, of course, be playing the Badgers on October 14 at the UW-Fieldhouse.
  • Marshfield Junior DS Darian Molter was honorable mention Wisconsin Valley all-conference last season. Junior outside Tiffany Stargardt was first-team.
  • Menomonie Junior Morgan Lecheler was honorable mention Big Rivers all-conference last season.
  • Merrill Four Wisconsin Valley all-conference selections return: Senior outside Jess Sabey was first-team, senior defensive specialist Kaylin Byer was second team, while junior setter/right side Lindsay Krueger and sophomore middle Renee Sladek were both honorable mention.
  • Rhinelander Senior Amy Berry was an honorable mention Great Northern all-conference selection last season.
  • River Falls Senior Zoe Barr was an honorable mention Big Rivers selection last season.
  • Superior We have no information.
  • Wausau East Two first-team Wisconsin Valley selections return: senior Jamie Dimka and senior Emilie Waack, both of whom also played club for Northern Pride 17s last season.
  • Wausau West Senior outside Kab Vaj was an honorable mention Wisconsin valley selection last season.

Merrill over Wausau East in a five-set thriller

  • (Note: As the season progresses, we'll fill this section with links to notable stories and achievements -- stay tuned)

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