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Prep volleyball: The Globe 2017 All-Area Volleyball Team

Porsha Porath1 / 6
Taylor Meyer2 / 6
Anneke Weg3 / 6
Lexi Ferrell4 / 6
Alaina Wolff5 / 6
Sidney Fick6 / 6

FIRST TEAM

Porsha Porath

Senior outside hitter

Windom Area

Named to her third consecutive All-Area first team, Porath dominated in her usual fashion as a hitter, accumulating 359 kills. She also was a 98 percent server, missing only six all season while accounting for 18 aces. Had 19 solo blocks and 21 block assists and was also outstanding at serve receiving. A 5-year starter, the 6-1 senior finished with 1,585 career hit kills to become the WAHS career leader.

Taylor Meyer

Junior outside hitter

Harris-Lake Park

In leading Harris-Lake Park to an outstanding season that ended one win short of the Iowa state tournament, Meyer recorded 430 kills, or 4.78 kills per set, while surpassing the 1,000-kill career mark. An all-around solid performer, she had 58 ace serves and 321 digs and 58 blocks. “Court awareness is a really huge asset for her. It’s like having another coach on the floor,” said her coach and father, Daryl Meyer.

Anneke Weg

Senior setter

Worthington

A 4-year starter for the Trojans, Weg was also a two-time All-Big South selection. Recipient of an Academic All-State Award, Weg finished her consistent and versatile career as the all-time set assists leader at WHS with 1,710. She set a new school record in service points with 536. Had 99 service aces, 425 digs, 222 kills and 136 career blocks. “A staple and leader in our program for the last four years,” testified her coach, Jessica Hogan.

Alexis Ferrell

Senior middle hitter

Luverne

The Cardinals made it all the way to the Section 3AA finals in 2017, and Ferrell was clearly the major reason why. One area coach called her the single most indispensable player in all of southwest Minnesota. Tall, at 6-2, she used her height to full advantage, getting high off the floor and coming down hard with well-aimed kills. Also a good server and back row player, she was a difference maker all season long.

Alaina Wolff

Sophomore outside hitter

Jackson County Central

The Huskies have reigned as one of the premier high school volleyball teams in this corner of the state for several seasons, and though their 2017 ended in the South Section 3AA finals, Wolff emerged as one of the best players around. A strong hitter, Wolff also showed she can do many other things on the floor. She finished strong, getting 23 kills, 8 digs, 6 ace serves and 3 blocks in her last match.

Sidney Fick

Junior middle hitter

Hills-Beaver Creek

Fick gets high marks from every area coach, including her own, Meghan Zylstra, who said, “She’s just naturally athletic. I think she has the perfect volleyball build. She just makes it seem so effortless.” Indeed, Fick can jump, she has a quick arm swing and sees the floor well. Had 262 kills, 117 blocks, 135 digs and 14 ace serves in her junior campaign, leading Hills-Beaver Creek to a 9-1 record in the Red Rock Conference.

SECOND TEAM

Becca Hacker

Junior outside hitter

Windom Area

Kiana Leighty

Senior outside hitter

Heron Lake-Okabena

Jazlynn Prins

Sophomore outside hitter

Southwest Christian

Riley Schmitz

Senior middle hitter

Murray County Central

Shelby Bloemendaal

Senior outside hitter

Pipestone Area

Lauren Murphy

Senior setter

Jackson County Central

THIRD TEAM

MacKenzie Haroldson

Junior setter

Pipestone Area

Haley Simonson

Junior Libero

Red Rock Central

Emma Thuringer

Senior middle hitter

Worthington

Alyssa Groves

Sophomore middle hitter

Murray County Central

Avery Wysong

Senior setter

Hills-Beaver Creek

Madison Brevik

Junior setter

Harris-Lake Park

HONORABLE MENTION

Chynna Berning

Edgerton

Tessla Crowell

Heron Lake-Okabena

Elise Rohrer

Murray County Central

Emily Steen

Windom Area

Olivia Richards

Hills-Beaver Creek

Hannah DeCock

Red Rock Central

Kasie Tweet

Adrian

--- Text by Doug Wolter; Photos by Tim Middagh

Doug Wolter

Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He also writes books on fiction. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" have been distributed through a national publisher.

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