Four members of the Decorah volleyball team received all-Northeast Iowa Conference honors last week.

Emma Johnson and Emma Nierengarten were named to the first team, while Mara Holland was named to the second team and Annika Franzen was on the honorable mention list.

It’s Johnson’s second conference honor, receiving an honorable mention nod a year ago. Filling the role of libero, Johnson had 370 digs for the Vikes with a 98.1 percent serve efficiency (260-for-265) with 10 aces. She also contributed 32 assists.

“Emma has been a constant in our back row for the past two years. At Charles City earlier this fall she recorded 29 digs which beat the record she set a year ago. In addition, she recorded her 500th career dig earlier this year. She also broke her own school record for digs in a season with 370 digs per season,” said Coach Gina Holthaus.

Nierengarten makes her first appearance on the all-NEIC list after leading Decorah in kills and blocks. The senior provided 110 kills in 81 sets, producing a .155 kill efficiency and 1.4 kills per set. She added 71 total blocks (60 solo, 11 assists).

“Emma has been a key front row player for us for three seasons. This year she really stepped up her game and was a vocal leader for us as well as physical. She led the conference with solo blocks and was in the top 10 for kills. She was a key to our offense and most certainly caused problems for other teams’ front row players with her blocking,” said Coach Holthaus. 

Holland was a standout player around the court for the Vikings, dishing out 369 assists, in addition to 149 digs, 55 kills and 30 solo blocks to earn a second team all-NEIC honor. The junior provided a 93.7 percent serving efficiency, going 314-for-335 with a team-high 33 aces.

“Mara was a very important part of our team this fall. She was second in the conference in assists, and top five in serving,” said Coach Holthaus. “We relied on her to do a lot of our setting but some matches her hitting was the key that we needed in order to keep the blockers and defense on the other side of the net guessing. We are happy that Mara is just a junior and has another year, we look forward to having her back.”

Stepping into the role as an outside hitter, Franzen earned her first all-NEIC honor. The junior had the Vikings’ best kill efficiency at .238, tapping out 94 kills on 261 attack attempts in her 74 sets played. Franzen provided 10 solo blocks and 17 assists at the net as well.

“Annika was our most efficient hitter. The nights that we passed well and were able to really implement her into our offense it made things much easier for all of our hitters. She also paired up with our middles for several blocks and touches. We are fortunate to have Annika back next fall as well,” said Coach Holthaus.