Eight area athletes were named to the Upper Iowa Conference, all-conference volleyball list released earlier this week. The Lady Warriors place five spikers on the list while Turkey Valley has three honorees.


First team

South Winn senior Gracie Schmitt moves up from honorable mention a year ago to a first team honoree. Schmitt led the Lady Warriors in kills with 213 on 672 attack attempts, averaging 2.77 kills per set. Playing all the way around the court, she was second on the squad in digs with 216 and put up nine total blocks, while going 193-for-227 in serving with 27 aces.


Second team

A tandem of Warriors and one Trojan were named to the second team all-UIC list.

Libero Ellie Loesch scrambled throughout the season in the back row for 373 digs, averaging 5.04 per set. The senior was equally impressive at the service line with a .933 serve efficiency, going 252-for-270 with 24 aces en route to earning her inaugural all-UIC honor.

Sophomore Ali Hoffert played a duo role on the South Winn squad as setter and middle hitter, dishing out a team-high 308 assists and slamming down 129 kills, second-most on the team. With 62 aces, Hoffert went 295-for-326 serving, posting the second-best serve efficiency of .905 for the Warriors. She also came up with 126 digs and 17 total blocks.

Turkey Valley junior Katlyn Baumler hammered out 84 kills in 309 attack attempts to earn her first conference nod. Baumler led the Trojans at the net with 29 total blocks and went 71-for-85 with 13 aces serves.


Honorable mention

Two athletes from each school were chosen as honorable mention candidates – all first time honoress, including South Winn’s Sierra Breitsprecher and Sadie McGee. Representing the Trojans are Karissa Schmidt and Breanna Busta.

With 22 total blocks and 89 kills, Breitsprecher controlled the net, while leading the Lady Warriors with a .957 serve efficiency, going 134-for-140 with 20 aces.

McGee was South Winn’s second setter, handing out 149 assists, grabbing 66 digs, 31 kills and five blocks. At the serving ling, the senior went 161-for-208 with 30 aces.

Schmidt, the lone TV senior, led the young squad with 90 kills, averaging 1.32 per set and posted a serve efficiency of .814 by going 153-for-188 with 33 aces. She was active all around the court with 120 digs and seven total blocks.

Leading the Trojans in nearly every category, Busta notches her first all-UIC honor. The junior hammered out 128 assists, 96 digs, 83 kills, 14 total blocks and a team-high 48 aces while going 179-for-219.