Led by junior Maddie Samson, the Prairie City-Monroe volleyball team landed three players on the Heart of Iowa Conference teams.
The Mustangs finished 1-6 in league play in Alex Samson’s first season as head coach. PCM won 10 matches total in 2017.
As the Mustangs’ top hitter, Samson was picked to the second team by the league’s coaches. Senior libero Olivia Lippman and junior Avery Stock earned honorable mention recognition.
Samson missed several matches due to injury but still led PCM in kills by nearly 50. She finished with a career-high 116 kills overall and had 19 aces, 38 digs, four assists and eight blocks in 55 sets. She was 124-of-138 in serves.
In conference play, Samson totaled 33 kills, six aces and 11 digs in 15 sets. She was 31-of-35 in serves.
Lippman was PCM’s libero for the second straight season. She led the team in digs for the first time in her career, finishing with a career-best 186 digs in 72 sets.
Lippman also led the team with 29 aces and was 148-of-199 total in serves.
In conference play, Lippman tallied a team-high 58 digs, five aces and was 41-of-53 in serves.
Stock ranked third on the team with 48 kills and also tallied 27 aces and 25 digs. She was 139-of-155 in serves. In HOIC play, Stock finished with 12 kills, six aces and eight digs. She was 33-of-34 in serves.
The HOIC features several of the top players in the state, and several of them filled up the first team.
Gilbert’s Inga Rotto led Class 3A in kills with 467 and Roland-Story’s McKayla Geise was second with 459 kills. Gilbert’s Bree Richard led 3A with 1,054 assists and Megan Goodhue tallied 525 digs, which ranked eighth in 3A.
Heart of Iowa Conference
North Polk 4-3
South Hamilton 3-4
Greene County 2-5
Inga Rotto, senior, Gilbert
Bree Richard, senior, Gilbert
Megan Goodhue, senior, Gilbert
MaKayla Geise, junior, Roland-Story
Kacie Rewerts, sophomore, Nevada
Hattie Rhodes, senior, Nevada
Nora Aschoff, junior, North Polk
Anna Moss, senior, South Hamilton
Megan Durbin, senior, Greene County
Maddie Samson, junior, PCM
Jamie Brenner, senior, Gilbert
Thea Rotto, freshman, Gilbert
Hailey Louw, senior, Roland-Story
Jenna Clark, senior, Roland-Story
Amanda Fortmann, junior, Nevada
Carolyn Steffen, junior, North Polk
Grace Nelson, senior, North Polk
Taylor Volkmann, junior, South Hamilton
Olivia Lippman, senior, PCM
Avery Stock, junior, PCM
Sidney Ayers, senior, Gilbert
Sarah Hinners, senior, Gilbert
Madison Friest, senior, Roland-Story
Juliann Clark, sophomore, Roland-Story
Kelby Rewerts, junior, Nevada
Morgan Tupper, sophomore, Nevada
Danielle Bonewitz, senior, North Polk
Katie Scott, junior, North Polk
Taylor Ratzke, senior, South Hamilton
Chloe Barkema, senior, South Hamilton
Chantel Flack, senior, Greene County
Samantha Hardaway, senior, Greene County
Katie Schmidt, senior, Saydel
Destiny Butters, junior, Saydel