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Three Spartans, four Tigers on MBC volleyball team

The Somerset volleyball team, which tied for second place in the Middle Border Conference, had four players named to the 2005 all-MBC volleyball team.

New Richmond, which placed fourth in the MBC this season, had four players named to the all-conference team, which was announced last week.

For New Richmond, Kelsie Abramson and Katie Parker were selected as first-team all-MBC players. Krista Mitchell and Jena O'Flanagan were placed on the honorable mention all-conference list.

All three of Somerset's all-conference choices made their way onto the all-MBC first team. They include senior Staci Johanneck, junior Mallory Rorabeck and sophomore Megan Plourde.

For Somerset, Plourde and Johanneck both ranked in the top 10 in the conference in kills, where Plourde ranked fourth and Johanneck seventh. Johanneck ranked fourth in the conference in ace serves, followed directly by Rorabeck. Rorabeck, the Spartans' setter, finished third in the conference in assists per game.

Plourde led the Spartans with 254 kills this season, followed by Johanneck with 202. Rorabeck topped the team with 477 assists. Caleigh Hoiland led the team with 161 digs, followed by Ciara Landry with 128 and Elizabeth Coe with 120. Hoiland led the team with 60 ace serves, followed by Johanneck with 55. Roxi Martin was the team's most accurate server, putting 93.6 percent of her serves in play.

For New Richmond, Abramson and Parker both ranked in the top 10 in the MBC in kills. Abramson ranked fifth and Parker sixth in kills. Parker also ranked third in the conference in solo blocks, with 21 successful solo blocks.

O'Flanagan ranked second in the conference in assists per game at 7.8 assists a game. Mitchell ranked eighth in the conference in digs, at 3.1 per game. Abramson ranked tenth in the MBC in digs at 2.8 per game.

Abramson finished as the Tigers' team leader in kills with 131 and with a .218 hitting percentage. She ranked second on the team with 113 digs. O'Flanagan topped the Tigers with 297 assists this season.

Parker led the team with 23 solo blocks and was second on the team with 123 kills.

Mitchell led the team with 131 digs and 26 service aces.

Tiger awards

The New Richmond volleyball team recently announced its team awards. These were the honors issued this year:

Most Valuable Player - Krista Mitchell

Most Improved Player - Sara Leahy

Rookie Award - Sara McGregor

Tiger Award - Kelsie Abramson

Hustle Award - Jena O'Flanagan

Spartan awards

Somerset held its team banquet last week. The team members voted on the team awards for the season.

The Most Valuable Player Award was presented to sophomore Megan Plourde. The Most Improved Player went to junior Kailey Klis. The Team Player Award was issued to senior Staci Johanneck.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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