With some of the closest voting in the history of The Missourian All-Area volleyball team, the New Haven pair of Emma Engelbrecht and Jaime Hoener have captured this year’s top awards.
Engelbrecht, a 5-10 senior middle hitter, edged out Hermann senior setter-hitter Tess Schannuth for the player of the year award.
A Lindenwood University recruit, Engelbrecht earned 50 polling points in the player of the year category, five more than Schannuth.
Engelbrecht recorded 415 kills while hitting .389 with 167 digs, 66 blocks, 61 aces and eight assists. She made the Four Rivers Conference, all-district and Class 1 All-State first teams.
Schannuth was the Four Rivers Conference player of the year.
A total of 13 players received votes in player of the year voting. Borgia senior rightside hitter Martha Glastetter was third, a distance behind the top two, with nine points.
In the coach of the year competition, New Haven’s Hoener edged out the dean of area coaches, Hermann’s Linda Lampkin, for the top award. Hoener earned 60 poll points to Lampkin’s 57. Both found success this season. New Haven finished second in the Class 1 state tournament. Lampkin had a huge season as well, winning the Four Rivers Conference title, earning her 900th career victory and finishing third in the Class 2 state tournament.
Washington’s Kym Blankenship was third in the voting with 19 points, five in front of Borgia’s Andrea Beaty. Blankenship led Washington to the Hermann Tournament and Gateway Athletic Conference Central Division titles. Beaty took Borgia to the Archdiocesan Athletic Association co-championship and the Class 3 quarterfinals. Sullivan’s Sarah Rochleau was the only other coach to receive votes. Rochleau led her Lady Eagles to their second district title in a row.
Making the first team were:
• New Haven middle hitter Engelbrecht;
• Washington middle hitter Savannah Christian;
• New Haven outside hitter Kate Ruediger;
• Hermann outside hitter Symantha Fredrick;
• Borgia rightside hitter Martha Glastetter;
• Pacific hitter-setter Grace Smiley;
• Hermann setter-hitter Schannuth;
• Borgia setter Abby Lynn;
• Washington libero Hannah Struckhoff; and
• Borgia libero Paige Lynn.
Making the second team were:
• New Haven middle hitter Lauren Gerlemann;
• St. Clair middle hitter Addison Schneider;
• Owensville outside hitter Josie Miller;
• Washington outside hitter Kassidy Phillips;
• St. Clair outside hitter Gracie Sohn;
• Borgia outside hitter Diana Pfeiffer;
• Hermann setter-hitter Allison Stiers;
• New Haven setter Mackenzie Bauer;
• Pacific libero Genna Nickelson; and
• Sullivan libero Zariah Richards.
Making the third team were:
• Borgia middle hitter Kaylee Parks;
• Hermann middle hitter Brooke Grosse;
• Sullivan middle hitter Mallory Shetley;
• Union outside-middle hitter Taylor Seely;
• Washington outside hitter Josie Kleinheider;
• Sullivan outside hitter Alex Blankenship;
• New Haven outside hitter Claire Meyer;
• Washington setter-hitter Josie Kleekamp;
• Sullivan setter Lauren Hoffman; and
• Union libero Abby Phillips.
Honorable mention selections, by position, were:
• Middle hitter — Owensville’s Breanna Diestelkamp and Pacific’s Corynn Boyer;
• Outside-rightside hitter — Owensville’s Amber Nelms and Sullivan’s Riley Lock; and
• Setters — Union’s Amanda Schroeder, Owensville’s Renee Elliott, St. James’ Mackenzie Rodgers and St. Clair’s Megan Hinson.