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Daily Globe 2013 All-Area Volleyball Team

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The 2013 Daily Globe All-Area volleball team

COURTNEY PLACE

Southwestern United

Statistics don’t tell the whole story of this 6-2 junior middle hitter, though the numbers certainly speak loud and clear. Had 467 kills in 2013 with 46 solo blocks and 63 block assists. Added 213 digs and put 302 serves in play with 26 aces and only 20 errors. A dominant hitter and team leader for the Red Rock Conference champions who posted a 25-5-1 record in 2013.

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“She took it to us, and we didn’t have an answer. She carried that team,” said one rival coach, Southwest Christian’s Brian Busker.

Testifies her head coach, Christine Malm: “She’s passionate about volleyball, but she always works hard. She always wants to improve her play.”

A highly intelligent player, Place is a winner in every phase of the game. Sound defensively with good ball control. She can set if she needs to and is a consistent, though not hard, server. The team feeds off her energy. Always has a positive attitude.

A repeat first-team Daily Globe performer.

“When she swings her hardest, she almost always scores,” says Malm. “She’s a strong hitter who swings when she’s supposed to and mixes it up when she needs to.”

DAYNA COMNICK

Westbrook-Walnut Grove

What possibly could Comnick have done to build upon her 2012 season, where she achieved first-team Daily Globe status with 253 kills, 49 service aces and 245 digs? This year the Chargers’ 5-9 outside hitter, who started on the front row as a freshman, had to step up and take on more of a leadership role as a senior. She did just that, and in the meantime recorded her 1,000th kill on Oct. 10.

While taking younger, more inexperienced players “under her wing,” in head coach Cathy Baumann’s words, Comnick drilled 390 kills, had 12 blocks and 307 serves for a 95.4 percent accuracy rate this fall. She had 339 digs and 299 serve receives.

A controlled, smart hitter, Comnick keeps her eye continually peeled for open spots on the court. She recognizes that it’s not always how hard you hit, but where you hit it. As a senior, she honed her skills with new offensive plays and became, according to Baumann, “more strategic in her hitting ability.”

Comnick has an easygoing personality but is always up to the challenge as an athlete.

JESSICA VAN BEEK

Sheldon

Van Beek led the Sheldon Orabs to the Iowa state tournament in her senior year. Followed up a 273-kill performance as a junior with 451 as a senior, with a .321 kill efficiency. A first-team all-conference player in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and second-team all-stater in 2012, she was named this year to the Des Moines Register first team in Class 3A.

Served at 93.8 percent in 2013, with 297 digs. Has 864 career kills.

At 5-10, the three-year starter hits the ball hard and mostly straight down. But as powerful as she is, she also knows how to take a little speed off.

She’s also very coachable and has improved her all-around game. An outside hitter, she also hits well in the middle and is described by her head coach, Eric Maassen, as a “great server” who prefers the soft approach where she accurately hits her spots. She also attacks well from the back row.

A leader by example. A hard worker and good teammate.

MACY GUNDERSON

Harris-Lake Park

“The best setter in the area,” H-LP head coach Daryl Meyer describes Gunderson.

It’s hard to dispute that claim when you look at the numbers. In her senior season, the 5-5 Gunderson made a school record 792 set assists on a team that was just one victory short of qualifying for the Iowa state tournament. Gunderson, who had 541 assists in her sophomore season and 737 in her junior year, produced 2,557 in her high school career. She posted a school record 50 set assists in one match (which went four games). She is the Wolves’ No. 2 all-time digs leader with 884. She put 86 percent of her serves in play during 2013, with 35 aces.

She started for four years at Harris-Lake Park.

“She covers the court with anticipation and knowledge of the game,” says Meyer.

Blessed with natural instincts few of her peers can claim, Gunderson can put a set high or on a tee — whatever is required. “It doesn’t matter how bad the ball comes to her, she’s going to put up a good set,” Meyer says.

KAYLEE BURMEISTER

Jackson County Central

A nose for the ball. Great knowledge of the game. Fine court sense. A hard-working, determined player who makes her teammates better. A quick, explosive jumper … these are just some of the many attributes that make Burmeister one of the area’s best players on one of the area’s best teams.

“Every day she comes in the gymnasium, Kaylee sets the bar for the practice. She sets that bar for other players to reach,” says her coach Teresa Van Epps.

A member of the 2013 Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association All-State team in Class AA, the 5-7 Burmeister, a junior outside hitter, amassed 302 kills during the season. She had 217 digs and 13.5 ace blocks. She made 207 serve receptions for 87.3 percent.

Very athletic, Burmeister can change her hitting approach while in mid-air. Her favorite shot if the sharp cross-court spike, but she’s also proficient with the down-the-line shot or the roll shot that sends the ball off-speed with topspin.

Voted the Huskies’ floor captain for her volleyball knowledge and her support of teammates. Stayed many nights after practice while others went home. Said Van Epps: “She has goals she wants to reach, and she knows how to reach them.”

KRISTI BOSE

Murray County Central

Most valuable player for the Rebels for the past two seasons, a varsity player since the eighth grade and a four-year starter, Bose as a senior was at her best when it counted the most. Case in point: In the sub-section semifinals against fierce Red Rock Conference rival Southwestern United, she took over near the conclusion of an MCC victory, delivering, according to coach Kati Bobeldyk, “some monstrous hits that gave me goosebumps.”

Bose, a middle hitter, had 304 kills in her senior campaign. She put 96.3 percent of her serves in play for a team-high 27 aces. She added 38 blocks and 358 digs. Her serve receive percentage was the highest on the team.

An all-around athlete, Bobeldyk says she could play any position. “She just gets the game,” says her coach.

A highly intelligent player, very coachable, Bose earned three all-conference selections and ended her career with 932 kills, 247 blocks and 128 service aces. In her five years with the team, MCC compiled an 81-34 record with one conference championship and three runner-up finishes.

Second Team:

Noreen Morrow

School: Harris-Lake Park

Grade: Senior

Position: Middle hitter

Key info: Set school record with 31 kills in Sept. 26 match against Clay Central-Everly. Totaled 460 kills on season while putting 287 serves in play with 48 aces. Led team with 46 block assists and 20 solos.

Jasmine Carlson

School: Windom Area

Grade: Junior

Position: Libero

Key info: Completed third season as Eagles’ full-time libero. Had 375 digs in 2013 and more than 1,100 in career; Received 577 serves in 2013 at 95 percent efficiency. Served at 94 percent rate with 46 aces.

Kathryn Nasby

School: Jackson County Central

Grade: Junior

Position: Libero

Key info: A relentless ball attacker and great communicator who earned honorable mention by Class AA Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association. Placed 353 of 370 serves in play for 95.4 percent, with 40 aces. Had 390 digs and 43 set assists.

Taylor Kruisselbrink

School: Pipestone Area

Grade: Junior

Position: Outside hitter

Key info: A hard swinger and go-to player. Understands the game. A team leader who missed the last six matches this year due to injury. Despite that, she recorded 216 kills and served at an 89 percent clip. Had 48 digs.

Brooke Henning

School: Worthington

Grade: Senior

Position: Outside hitter

Key info: An all-around player who does many things well. Had 321 kills in senior season with 32 blocks and 367 digs. Put 232 of 249 serves in play for 21 aces. A first-team All-Daily Globe pick in her junior campaign.

Anna Peterson

School: Tracy-Milroy-Balaton

Grade: Junior

Position: Libero

Key info: “A firecracker out on the court,” according to her head coach, Katie Gervais. Consistent. A team leader and encourager. Had 387 digs in junior season while serving 95 percent with 52 aces. The Panthers’ top serve receiver.

Third Team:

Marti Vogel

School: Sheldon 

Grade: Senior

Position: Outside hitter

Key info: Posted 310 kills with a .300 kill efficiency. Added 47 serve aces while helping the Orabs to the Iowa Class 3A state tournament.

Autumn Hinkeldey

School: Southwestern United

Grade: Senior

Position: Outside hitter

Key info: Placed 309 serves with 35 aces and only 23 errors. Had 30 kills, 194 serve receives 20 blocks (two solos) and 233 digs. Has great team presence, is always aware and ready to lead.

Kassidy Przymus

School: Tracy-Milroy-Balaton

Grade: Junior

Position: Outside hitter

Key info: Recorded 235 kills in junior season with a .243 kill efficiency. Placed 87 percent of serves with 57 aces. Had 214 digs and 17 blocks.

Brooke Rasmussen

School: Red Rock Central

Grade: Senior

Position: Libero

Key info: Put 325 serves in play for a 96.4 average, with 42 aces. Scored 196 points. Had 341 digs. Received 401 serves with only 15 errors. Surpassed 1,000 digs for her career in senior season.

Abby Herding

School: Westbrook-Walnut Grove

Grade: Sophomore

Position: Setter

Key info: Herding has nearly 1,500 career set assists, getting 667 in 2013 after collecting 707 as a freshman. Led her team with 246 points and a 97.4 serve percentage. Had 247 digs.

Miranda Brueggeman

School: Harris-Lake Park

Grade: Senior

Position: Outside hitter

Key info: Does many things well. Had 145 kills in senior season. Put 363 serves in play for 87 percent efficiency, with 63 aces. Led team with 321 digs. Had 40 set assists and 15 block assists.

Honorable Mention:

Andrea Hinkeldey, RH, So., Southwestern United

Rachel Johnson, S, Jr., Jackson County Central

Jessie Nelson, MH, So., Tracy-Milroy-Balaton

Sammie Gervais, MH, Jr., Tracy-Milroy-Balaton

Kelsey Hanefeld, OH, Sr., Windom Area

Mikaela Smith, S., So., Red Rock Central

Paris Thomas, S, Sr., Murray County Central

Tianna Top, MH, Jr., Southwest Christian

— compiled by Doug Wolter

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