Two Madras spikers earn Tri-Valley Conference all-league volleyball honors
With a relatively young roster, the Madras volleyball team experienced an up-and-down season, but a couple players earned some well-deserved recognition.
Senior Kiersten Anderson was named to the Tri-Valley Conference all-league second team, while freshman Hannah Holliday earned an honorable mention.
Anderson was a stabilizer on the block as well as a hitter. Perhaps most imposing was Anderson's serving. On numerous occasions during the season, she recorded consecutive aces and kept opposing defenses on their toes, utilizing a combination of strong and well-placed hits.
Holliday filled in at the start of the season for typical starting setter Niyallee Cochran, who was sidelined with an illness. Holliday performed well in a starting role, and continued to make the most of her opportunities off the bench when Cochran returned.
Corbett senior Faith McQueen was named Player of the Year.
Crook County head coach Rosie Honl earned Coach of the Year honors, after leading the Cowgirls to a fourth straight league title.
Honl announced her retirement last week, putting an end to an incredible 22-year tenure at Crook County that included eight state titles.
2017 Madras statistics were not available to the Pioneer.
Player of the Year: Faith McQueen, senior, Corbett
Coach of the Year: Rosie Honl, Crook County
Faith McQueen, senior, Corbett. Cassidy Dill, senior, Crook County. Mekynzie Wells, junior, Crook County. Raegan Wilkins, sophomore, Crook County. Sophia Davies, senior, Estacada. Karlye Nakashimada, senior, Estacada.
Abigail Fritz, senior, Corbett. Ruby Robison, junior, Corbett. Trinity Gach, junior, Estacada. Maddie Thompson, senior, Gladstone. Kiersten Anderson, senior, Madras. Marina Daniels, senior, Molalla.
Heather Flannagan, senior, Corbett. Kerigan Waibel, junior, Crook County. Anna Woodward, sophomore, Crook County. Emily Gant, junior, Estacada. Elli Philo, senior, Gladstone. Hannah Holliday, freshman, Madras. Emma Nelzen, senior, Molalla. Mackenzie Raihala, senior, Molalla.