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Somerset places three, New Richmond one on 2012 All-Middle Border Conference volleyball team

New Richmond junior Emily Kukacka was named to the All-MBC team for the second straight season.1 / 2
Somerset seniors Sarah Northey, Sarah Krig and Sami Martell (l-r) earned places on the 2012 All-Middle Border Conference team.2 / 2

Three girls from Somerset and one from New Richmond were selected for the 2012 All-Middle Border Conference Volleyball Team.

Somerset had a trio of seniors honored. Outside hitter Sarah Northey was named to the first team, setter Sami Martell to the second team and middle hitter Sarah Krig as an honorable mention selection.

New Richmond's all-conference selection is junior middle hitter Emily Kukacka, who was an honorable mention choice for the second straight season.


The Spartans finished in fourth place in the MBC this season with a 4-3 record. They were led by a close-knit band of six seniors who were all asked to step up their roles on the team considerably this season.

Northey was the team's leading outside hitter, but she played all-around this season and became one of the Spartans' most reliable passers.

"She put it all together this season," said Spartan coach Sarah Praschak. "She's got energy. She'll fight to the very end."

Martell returned to the setter role. But instead of sharing the setter position like last year in the 6-2 formation, she became the only setter this year as the team shifted to a 5-1 formation.

"That's a big step," Praschak said of changing to a one-setter system. "It was the first time she did that, but Sami handled it well. It was a good fit for her."

Praschak said Krig's four-year metamorphosis from a clumsy freshman to one of the best middle hitters in the conference as a senior took hard work and patience.

"She had to grow into her body and her height," Praschak said. "She was really shining at the end of the season."

Praschak said those seniors and classmates Markell Penman, Natalie Broome and Emilee Wolf worked extremely hard to bring the team so far in one season.

The Spartan team awards have been announced. Award winners are:

Spartan Award: Sarah Northey

Best Spirit Award: Sami Martell

Most Improved: Megan Starry

New Richmond

While the Tigers had a revolving door of lineups this season, Kukacka was the most stable and consistent producer as a middle hitter. With the Tigers returning four senior hitters next season and four younger setters and passers, Coach Bob Fisher said the team is in a good position for future success. Kukacka will be viewed as a leader for the team.

"Emily has a great attitude, she's always upbeat. She may be the best blocker in the conference when she's on her game," Fisher said.

The Tiger team awards have been announced. Award winners are:

Most Valuable: Kate Johnson

Most Improved: Alli Hammer

Tiger Award: Tiffany Olek