Five players from the Blue Earth Area volleyball team were named to South Central Conference All-Conference honors last week.
Danika Stindtman, Kirsten Johanson, Kate Hassing and Jenny Smith were named to the All-Conference, with Morgan Dickman on the honorable mention list.
“All of our team members would be deserving of these awards,” Head Coach Donna Lee says. “Earning the team conference championship together is the greatest reward of all.”
Senior outside hitter Danika Stindtman has played varsity all four years of her high school career.
She is the career leader in kills (1,111), ace blocks (227) and digs (1,153).
Stindtman was an SCC honorable mention player as a freshman, and has been All-SCC every year since.
This season she averaged 96 percent serving, had 294 kills, 36 ace blocks and 336 digs.
“Danika has surpassed many marks while competing at the high school level,” Coach Lee says. “Even with all the records, she still has untapped potential if she were to go onto the next level.”
The Bucs coach says Stindtman has been an integral part of both offense and defense for the Bucs.
“Her serve receive and passing skills have allowed her to play all around,” Lee says.
Kirsten Johanson was on the honorable mention list last year and moved up to All-Conference this year.
“She is very deserving of this honor, because she runs our offense,” Coach Lee says. “She understands the game and reads the defense of the opponents when making her decisions.”
Johanson, a senior, had 570 set assists this season, and is fourth on the career set assist list with 994.
She also had 35 kills and 198 digs. Her record at serving was at 92 percent.
“Kirsten has a love for the game of volleyball and worked hard in the off-season to step-up her game,” Lee says.
“Kate Hassing is one of the most improved players from the previous year,” adds the coach.
“She is an athletic and agile girl who has worked hard to improve in all skill areas,” Lee reports.
Hassing was second on the team for points scored, leading the team in ace blocks with 40.
“Kate has great work ethic and continues to make herself a more complete player,” the Bucs coach says of the junior middle hitter.
Hassing served at a 94 percent rate, and had 156 kills and 189 digs.
Jenny Smith is an outside hitter who led the team in serving percentage at an amazing 99 percent clip.
She also led in service points with 234 and was second in digs with 314.
“Jenny, as a freshman, came in and gave us consistent play,” Lee says. “Her serving percentages are great, and her serves and passing were key to our conference championship.”
Smith had 102 kills, 314 digs and 405 service receptions.
Junior Morgan Dickman was the Libero for the team.
“She supplied great support in the back row for us after learning a new position as Libero,” the Bucs coach says. “Morgan is an athlete who comes to practice every day ready to make whatever adjustments I need her to, to benefit the team.”
Dickman served at a 96 percent rate with 123 service points. She had 221 digs and 276 serve receptions.