2020 Globe All-Area Volleyball
The first team of the 2020 Globe All-Area volleyball team features two seniors and four juniors. To see the second-team, third-team and honorable mention selections, see the Wednesday, Dec. 9, Globe print edition or e-paper.
Liepold has been the go-to offensive weapon for Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda for the last three years and has helped the Coyotes become one of the best teams in southwest Minnesota. She led by example, and her example was superb. The dynamic middle hitter/blocker had 190 kills, 27 blocks, 42 digs and served at 91.6 percent in the shortened 2020 year. Finished with 1,186 kills, 230 blocks and 409 digs for her career.
Red Rock Central
Arkell took on the team captain role in 2020 and thrived for a squad that posted an 11-3 record. Had 217 kills, 52 blocks, 106 digs and served at 98 percent in her junior year. A 3-year starter, she is a high-energy player who was recognized during the season as one of 15 players in the nation to receive a Max Preps/AVCA Player of the Week honor. And she has one more year remaining to add to her 685 career kills.
Jackson County Central
This marks Voss’s second straight year on the All-Area first team. A player with power, knowledge and a competitive edge, the Huskie junior posted 173 kills in 2020 with 155 digs, plus 25 service aces. A four-year starter on one of the top volleyball programs in southwest Minnesota, she helps her team stay sharp with an outstanding power swing at the net. Can move to any position on the floor and be efficient.
Reckamp has proven able to do everything well for a program that has enjoyed lots of success over the past three seasons. Quiet by nature, on the court she’s a leader who teammates look up to. Had 164 digs this season for an 81.12 percentage. Served at 91.67 percent, passed at 92.76 and set at 98.21. Add to that 97 kills and you’ve got an all-around performer who plays with confidence and joy.
To the hard-working Tweet, volleyball is a passion and more than just a sport. Her knowledge of the game, and her court coverage, means that the Dragons are always in the point. She contributed 226 digs in 2020 and served at 97.3 percent. She passed at 89.43 percent and set at 98.82 percent. Always doing what she can to improve her performance on the floor, she will gladly sacrifice herself to keep a point alive.
A 5-10 outside hitter who can also cover, Ferrell amassed 147 kills in her junior year, producing many of them in crucial moments. She served 90 percent with 25 aces while also getting 30 solo blocks and 27 block assists. She had 285 digs. Coach Sarah DeBeer calls her a very “focused” player who challenges her teammates while contributing not only at the net but also in the back row with excellent passing and serving.