Brookings, Arlington and Deubrook Area each put a pair of players on the 2018 All-Register Volleyball Team.
Bobcat setter Michaela Jewett was named Player of the Year, as she earned All-Register honors for the third time. She was joined by teammate and fellow senior Kylie Tucker.
Brookings (16-15) qualified for the state tournament for the first time in 13 years this season.
The Bobcats won seven of their final nine regular-season matches to earn the No. 9 seed and then traveled to Aberdeen Central for the SoDak 16. They prevailed by the set scores of 25-23, 25-17, 17-25, 25-15 to advance to state.
Brookings fell 25-17, 25-23, 25-20 to top-seeded and eventual-champion Rapid City Stevens in the first round of the tourney. It bounced back with a 25-17, 29-27, 26-24 defeat of Huron in the consolation semifinals.
Mitchell edged Brookings 25-20, 17-25, 20-25, 25-19, 15-13 in the fifth-place match.
Arlington seniors Jeryn Christensen, a repeat selection, and Jayna Haufschild made the squad.
The Cardinals (23-8) dropped just one set in Dakota Valley Conference play to win another league title with a 9-0 mark.
The top seed in Region 3B, Arlington swept James Valley Christian 25-7, 25-9, 25-19 in the quarterfinals and then beat Castlewood 27-25, 25-16, 22-25, 25-16 in the semifinals.
In the SoDak 16, No. 8 Ethan topped No. 9 Arlington 25-22, 27-25, 25-11 in Madison.
Deubrook Area seniors Shaylee DeBeer, a repeat selection, and Ashley Vandermeer made the team.
The Dolphins (24-10) won the DVC tournament and finished second in the regular-season standings with an 8-1 record.
Deubrook was the No. 2 seed in Region 3B and posted a 25-9, 25-9, 25-9 win over Wessington Springs in the quarters, before defeating rival Estelline/Hendricks 25-21, 25-20, 10-25, 25-21 in the semis.
No. 6 Faulkton Area topped Deubrook 25-16, 25-19, 25-22 in the SoDak 16 in Miller.
Elkton-Lake Benton’s Hannah Krog is again the youngest player on the All-Register team, as the sophomore made the squad for a second year in a row.
The Lady Elks (16-15) took third in the DVC at 6-3. They were the No. 3 seed in Region 4B but lost 18-25, 26-24, 25-22, 25-23 to Colman-Egan in the quarterfinals.
Sioux Valley junior Miakken Vincent rounded out the team.
The Cossacks (10-24) were the No. 4 seed in Region 2A, beating Deuel 25-16, 25-11, 23-25, 25-19 in the first round before falling 25-19, 24-26, 27-25, 25-18 at Hamlin in the semifinals.
The eight-player All-Register team is made up of six seniors, one junior and one sophomore from five schools.
No nominations were received from Estelline/Hendricks or Flandreau.
The All-State volleyball teams come out next week, so keep an eye on the Register to see if any area players were honored.
Christensen was a standout defensively and also excelled at the service line as she repeated on the All-Register team.
She racked up 662 digs – an average of 7.71 per set – and was an incredible 98.9 percent – 437-of-442 – on serves with 51 aces.
Christensen was 433-of-452 on service receptions.
“She has been making it difficult for hitters to notch kills against the Cardinals since starting varsity for her team as a freshman,” said coach Anita Boeck. “Now with more than 2,000 career digs, Jeryn has demonstrated both the strong desire and the uncanny ability to keep a volleyball hit near her off of the floor.
“It addition, Jeryn is a skilled server who, if she does not ace the opponent, keeps them out of system. A vocal leader out on the court, this senior always expects her teammate to step up and perform at their highest levels, and this is fair as she will accept nothing less from herself.”
Christensen finished as the school’s recordholder in digs with 2,129. She served at a 97.7-percent clip – 1,303-of-1,339 – for her career with 158 aces. Additionally, Christensen was 1,405-of-1,517 on service receptions.
Christensen was the Dakota Valley Conference Co-MVP and an Academic All-State honoree. She was a two-time All-DVC pick. Christensen earned a spot on the Class B All-State second team in 2017.
DeBeer had another big year, as the Dolphins just missed qualifying for state for a second consecutive season.
The two-time All-Register performer totaled 354 kills – 3.47 per set – while hitting .251. She came up with 367 digs, recorded 63 blocks, netted 44 service aces and tallied 350 set assists in a 6-2 system.
DeBeer averaged 10.8 digs, 10.5 kills and 10.3 set assists per match.
“Shaylee is a very hard working young woman,” said coach Rachelle DeBeer. “She really worked on her game this summer to make herself a much strong hitter to help our team. She is also a great defender and a great athlete.
“She has had to play middle hitter and setter for us, which is an unlikely combination; but she does a great job of making that happen.”
DeBeer hit the millennium mark for her career in both set assists and digs, finishing with 1,106 and 1,005, respectively.
She was the Dakota Valley Conference Co-MVP.
DeBeer earned Class B All-State second-team recognition as a junior.
DeBeer was also a member of the Dolphins’ Class B state champion cross country team.
Haufschild closed out her high school career with a solid all-around season.
She totaled 410 kills, averaging 4.71 per set.
Haufschild added 191 digs, 34 blocks and 16 aces.
“There is no doubt Jayna was one of the key players in our offense this year,” said Boeck. “Whenever she was at the net, she got a lot of the sets coming her way; and throughout the season, she really improved as a hitter.
Coming into her senior year, Jayna had set a lot of goals for herself and for the team, and she really set the bar high for us. I know she and her classmates looked forward to this season for many years, and Jayna definitely made the most of the opportunities she had.”
The two-time All-DVC honoree concluded her career with 700 kills, 62 blocks, 50 aces and 565 digs.
She made the Academic All-State squad.
The three-time All-Register selection in volleyball is the 2018 Player of the Year.
Jewett again earned All-Eastern South Dakota Conference honors while helping lead the Bobcats to state, where she earned all-tournament honors.
For more on Jewett, see Page 16.
Krog was named the 2018 AVCA Phenom List prior to the season and followed it up with a nice year.
The two-time All-Register honoree totaled 257 kills, 265 digs, 39 total blocks (24 solo) and 21 service aces.
“Hannah is a talented player that continues to make an impact with her team, the Dakota Valley Conference and our region,” said coach Melissa Erickson. “She is a six rotational player who is known for her offensive abilities but provides great defense for our team, as well.
“Hannah has height with a powerful swing to score for her team. She continues to improve in her defensive abilities, and is a smart blocker and continues to work on her foot speed to get to every hit ball. This allows our back row the ability to dig up the majority of attacks.
“Hannah reads the opposing team well to always place herself in the best defensive position to dig attacked balls. She is a great player as a sophomore with a tremendous among of potential to become of the best volleyball players in our region and state.”
Krog has totaled 727 kills through her sophomore campaign.
She made the All-DVC team.
The senior had a solid season to help the Bobcats earn a spot in the state tourney.
Tucker finished with 268 kills while hitting .208.
“Kylie has developed into an explosive hitter this season,” said coach Jodi Melius. “She works around big blocks by taking the ball high and hitting sharp angles, and that has allowed her to be successful against any defense we have faced.
“She has also contributed to the team’s success from the service line, becoming an aggressive but smart server.”
Tucker added 109 total blocks, 27 aces and 104 digs.
She concluded her career with 375 kills, 176 total blocks and 39 aces.
She was named the ACVC/MaxPreps Player of the Week for South Dakota for the Week of Oct. 15-21.
Tucker was an All-ESD performer and earned Academic All-State recognition.
The middle hitter played both the front and the back row for the Dolphins.
She totaled 337 kills, hitting .286, and was both an aggressive and efficient server, finishing at 95.7 percent with 55 aces.
Vandermeer recorded 68 blocks and notched 309 digs.
“Ashley has always had the ability to see the court very well,” said DeBeer. “She does a great job of mixing up her shots offensively.
“She is also a tremendous jumper, so she puts up a formidable block. She is an athletic kid so we have been able to play her in both the front and back row.”
Vandermeer wrapped up her career with 1,001 kills.
She was an All-DVC player.
The junior emerged as the Cossacks’ primary offensive threat in 2018 and was named the team’s MVP.
She had 346 kills, 307 digs, 166 set assists, 54 total blocks (20 solo) and 31 aces. She served at a 94-percent clip.
“Miakken was out go-to player this year,” said coach Jill Vincent. “She was a consistent player who held her team together and allowed her teammate to be better players because of the sacrifices she made. The led the team in blocks and kills and was our team leader both on and off the court.
“Miakken is a very smart player who has started in two Class A state tournaments, in which her teams placed sixth both times. Her volleyball IQ is amazing and she can make decisions in a split second, which helps in this fast-paced sport.”
Vincent had a season-high kill total of 21, tallied 16 in another match and had 15 to go with 16 digs in the Region 2A first-round win over Deuel.
She made the All-Lake Central Conference team and was an All-Big East Conference honorable mention.