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Prep volleyball: Daily Globe 2015 All-Area volleyball team

Daily Globe 2015 first-team All-Area volleyball PORSHA PORATHWindom AreaJust a sophomore, Porath has undoubtedly established herself as one of the fiercest hitters in southwest Minnesota.After earning a spot on the Daily Globe Second Team as a fr...

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Porsha Porath

Daily Globe 2015 first-team All-Area volleyball

PORSHA PORATH
Windom Area
Just a sophomore, Porath has undoubtedly established herself as one of the fiercest hitters in southwest Minnesota.
After earning a spot on the Daily Globe Second Team as a freshman, she was First Team All-State in Class A this season. She was the go-to player on an Eagles team with a full arsenal of weapons, racking up 314 kills with a kill percentage of 31. She also had 63 solo blocks, 48 block assists and was a 92-percent server.
“Porsha has the ability to dominate the net with her hitting and blocking and was our go-to hitter with 768 attack attempts,” Windom Area head coach Ron Wendorff said. “She puts a whack on the ball that every team wishes they had. We knew we could count on her whenever we needed a big sideout and she’s a good kid both on and off the court.”

EMMA GERBER
Worthington
A no-show on last season’s All-Area team, Gerber improved by leaps and bounds prior to and during her senior season.
The Big South All-Conference selection received an All-State Class AA nomination for her stellar senior season. She finished the year with 340 kills, 76 blocks and 43 ace serves. That helped her finish out her Trojan career with 502 career kills.
“Emma was one of the most dominant middle hitters in the area this season, not only with her power but her vision of the court and well-placed shots,” Trojans coach Jessica Hogan said. “She is a hard worker, a great teammate, and became a true leader this season. It has been a pure joy to coach her, and to watch her improve and mature into the great player and person she is.”

GABBIE GERVAIS
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton
Gervais was one of two Panthers to make the leap from Daily Globe Second Team to the First Team this year, and her stats speak for themselves.
The junior setter racked up an astonishing 1,144 set assists on her way to making the Class A All-State First Team as well as the Class A All-State Tournament Team. She was also named MVP of the Camden Conference.
Along with her massive assist total, she had 63 ace serves, 285 digs and 115 kills.
“Gabbie is our floor general and runs our offense,” said T-M-B head coach Katie Gervais. “She does a great job of reading defenses and running our offense around that.”
Southwest Minnesota Christian head coach Brian Busker also called Gervais “the best setter we came across.”

ABBY BENSON
Jackson County Central
Benson was a Daily Globe All-Area Honorable Mention last season as a sophomore but stepped up to be the leader of yet another successful Huskies’ campaign.
Along with being named All-Big South Conference, the junior was All-State Honorable Mention for Class AA. She finished the season with 353 kills, a 95-percent serving percentage, 256 digs, 71 block assists and 19 solo blocks.
Both Worthington head coach Jessica Hogan and Windom Area’s Ron Wendorff lauded Benson’s defensive ability at the net, with the latter also saying she improved a great deal from last year.
“Abby is a force in the front row as a middle hitter and outside hitter,” JCC head coach Deidre Wierson said. “She brings strength and energy to her team. Abby is determined and is a leader on and off the court. She is one talented young lady.”

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SYDNEY LANOUE
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton
Only a sophomore, volleyball fans in southwest Minnesota are going to be seeing a lot of Sydney Lanoue during the next couple years.
After making the Daily Globe All-Area Second Team last year, her improvement was enough to land her one team up. Lanoue, along with fellow First-Teamer and teammate Gabbie Gervais, was named Class A All-State First Team and made the Class A All-State Tournament Team this season. The Panthers took fourth place in the 2015 State Tournament after a runner-up finish one year earlier.
She finished the season with 486 kills - up from 362 as a freshman - to go with 290 digs, 49 ace serves and 34 blocks.
“Sydney is a very powerful hitter and is our go-to hitter when we need to terminate,” Panthers’ head coach Katie Gervais.

ABBY HERDING
Westbrook-Walnut Grove
Herding is the only player making her second straight appearance on the Daily Globe All-Area First Team this season.
The Westbrook-Walnut Grove senior has amassed quite a career with the Chargers, with her last season being no exception. She ended the year with 573 set assists, 123 kills, 309 digs and 53 ace serves. She tallied an eye-popping 2,747 set assists, 240 ace serves, 299 kills and 1,130 digs during her high school career.
Also a standout golfer, Herding plans to continue her athletic career on the links at the collegiate level.
“She stacks up well against any setters in the area,” Windom Area head coach Ron Wendorff said. “She can get a good set up on anything, not just the passes that are right to her.”

For lists and summaries of the second team and third team, see the print edition of the Nov. 28 Daily Globe.

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