Matt Zietler, Coach, Van Buren
The always vocal Warrior leader has guided Van Buren to a 50-15 record in the last two seasons with the help of his super-athletic junior class. The Warriors were 30-4 this year. Van Buren advanced to within one match of the state tournament. Zietler is also the girl’s basketball coach and has helped that team win 33 games with the same junior class leading the way.
Salena Sayre, junior, Van Buren
Sayre’s second selection to the all-GTNS small volleyball team sees her anchoring the squad thanks to 376 kills with a .372 kill efficiency, both of which place her in the top-8 in Class 2A and helped her earn all-Southeast Iowa Super Conference honors. Sayre also had an .899 serve efficiency with 61 aces, 124 digs and 42 blocks. Sayre will look to continue her dominance in the Warrior gymnasium and around the SEISC as a key player on the Van Buren girls basketball team.
Mia Graber, junior, Iowa Mennonite School
Graber helped IMS into a tie for second place in the Southeast Iowa Super Conference North Division with a 6-2 record and 19-15 overall. Graber recovered from a knee injury last season to lead IMS in sets played, kills (245), kill efficiency (.226) and kills per set (2.75) with the help of her teammate Suzanna Yoder, who led the North in digs per set at 5.11. Graber was third in the North in kills and kill efficiency, second in attacks and first in serve efficiency of those with more than 130 serves. Graber led IMS in serve efficiency (259 of 270) at .959 and aces with 42. Her ace total was tied for ninth in the North. She also had 207 digs, seven block assists and six solo blocks.
Isabell Manning, sophomore, Van Buren
Manning had 553 digs during her sophomore campaign, her first volleyball season that resulted in an all-GTNS selection although she was chosen to the small-school basketball squad as a freshman. The Warrior also had 16 assists and was successful on 350 serve attempts, good for .972 efficiency with 42 aces.
Haley Gambell, senior, Pekin
This is the third all-GTNS selection for Gambell who was chosen to the small-school volleyball and basketball teams as a junior. Gambell had 219 kills, 195 assists, 257 digs and nine blocks to go with an .871 serve efficiency and 71 aces.
Addie Pry, junior, New London
The New London volleyball team needed a boost this season after losing a handful of All-Conference players last season, and Addie Pry rose to be a star on the 2018 squad.
Pry finished the year with 344 kills, which led the team. She was also one of the top servers on the squad, finishing the year with a .959 service percentage and 46 aces.
Jenna Buffington, sophomore, Winfield-Mt. Union
Sophomore hitter Jenna Buffington did everything for Winfield-Mt. Union in 2018.
Buffington was the top hitter on the team with 261 kills. She was second on the team with 308 digs, 47 aces and 27 blocks.
Buffington is just one of a big group of sophomores that are leading W-MU into a bright future in girls’ sports.
Kristen Rohdy, senior, New London
Kristen Rohdy stepped in nicely in the setter spot for New London this year. She had a ridiculous 823 assists this season and 339 digs, finishing first and second on the team respectively in those categories.
Rohdy also had a nice year serving the ball, finishing the year with a .956 serve efficiency and 42 aces.