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KVA Names Volleyball Player of the Year, All-State Honorees


By Brent Maycock, KSHSAA Covered


TOPEKA, Kan. – Olathe Heritage Christian’s Rachel Van Gorp, Hillsboro’s Zaylee Werth and Little River’s Alaina Eck each repeated as players of the year in their respective classifications when the Kansas Volleyball Association announced its All-State teams on Sunday.

Van Gorp earned Class 3A player of the year honors for the third straight year after leading Heritage Christian to its third straight Class 3A state championship and fourth straight title overall.

Both Werth and Eck earned their second straight player of the year honors. Werth was named the 2A player of the year after leading Hillsboro to its second straight state championship. Trojan coach Sandy Arnold was also named 2A coach of the year for the second straight year.

Eck’s player of the year honors came in Class 1A Division I after leading Little River to its second straight title as well. Redskins coach Kim Rolfs was named coach of the year in 1A I for the second straight year as well.

Lebo coach Gina Peek was named the Class 1A Division II coach of the year for the second straight year after her Wolves team won its second straight title. Lebo junior Saige Hadley was named player of the year in 1A II, following in the footsteps of former teammate Brooklyn Jones, was earned the honor last year.

Two other players who led their teams to state titles were named players of the year in their respective classes – Seaman’s Maegan Mills in Class 5A and Bishop Miege’s Lauren Lopez in Class 4A. Seaman coach Tatiana Dowling joined Mills, being honors as coach of the year in 5A.

Blue Valley North’s Logan Parks was named the Class 6A player of the year with the Mustangs finishing runner-up at this year’s 6A state tourney to Mill Valley. The Jaguars won their first-ever state title, earning Kylie Corneliusen coach of the year honors in 6A.

McPherson’s Christy Doile was named the Class 4A coach of the year and Beloit’s Brandy Paul was named the Class 3A coach of the year.



First team

Ella Florez, so., Mill Valley; Janelle Green, sr., Blue Valley North; Jillian Huckabey, sr., Olathe Northwest; Saida Jacobs, jr., Mill Valley; Logan parks, jr., Blue Valley North; Skyler Pierce, sr., Olathe Northwest; Lily Wedman, jr., Blue Valley West.

Second team

Kaitlyn Burke, sr., Mill Valley; Zoe Canfield, sr., Washburn Rural; Jada Ingram, sr., Washburn Rural; Peyton Kubik, fr., Blue Valley West; Jenna McClure, jr., Blue Valley North; Alex Myers, jr., Blue Valley West; Lauren Roediger, sr., Olathe Northwest.

Honorable mention

Ashlyn Blazer, jr., Mill Valley; Brookelyn Hatton, jr., Blue Valley West; Riley Ourth, sr., Olathe West; Riley Riggs, fr., Mill Valley; Emmy Sher, sr., Olathe Northwest; Brynn Stowell, sr., Olathe West; Chloe Tyrrell, sr., Olathe East.

Player of the year – Logan Parks, Blue Valley North

Coach of the year – Kylie Corneliusen, Mill Valley


First team

Alea Goolsby, jr., St. Thomas Aquinas; Brooklyn Gormley, sr., Seaman; Tatum Grines, sr., St. Thomas Aquinas; Reese Messer, jr., St. James Academy; Maegan Mills, jr., Seaman; Gracie Morrow, sr., Maize South; Camdyn Stucky, sr., Maize South.

Second team

Mya Bolton, sr., St. James Academy; Shannon Frakes, sr., Spring Hill; Jillian Gregory, jr., Maize South; Julia Headley, sr., St. James Academy; Reagan McGivern, jr., Seaman; Kelsey Schenck, sr., St. Thomas Aquinas; Taylin Stallbaumer, sr., Seaman.

Honorable mention

Campbell Chabot, jr., Seaman; Willow Deckinger, sr., Andover Central; Carly Koster, sr., Maize South; Grace Martin, so., St. Thomas Aquinas; Leah Robinson, so., St. James Academy; Tabor Scanlon, sr., Lansing; Jordyn Washington, jr., Andover Central.

Player of the year – Maegan Mills, Seaman

Coach of the year – Tatiana Dowling, Seaman


First team

Jacqueline Corcoran, sr., Circle; Hayden Grimes, so., Andale; Emery Keebaugh, sr., Ottawa; Lauren Lopez, jr., Bishop Miege; Ava Martin, sr., Bishop Miege; Kenzy McArtor, jr., Clearwater; Trinniti Stevens, jr., Bishop Miege.

Second team

Fisayo Afonja, sr., Baldwin; Mia Fox, sr., Circle; Ayla Klingenberg, jr., Rock Creek; Cora Miller, sr., Holton; Ava Romero, so., McPherson; Grace Rowland, sr., Andale; Kirston Verhulst, jr., Bishop Miege.

Honorable mention

Gabby Anderson, sr., Bishop Miege; Brooke Doile, so., McPherson; Kaylee Hampton, jr., Clearwater; Georgia LeMay, fr., Bishop Miege; Alex Romero, sr., McPherson; Reagan Smith, sr., Circle; Madison Williams, jr., Clearwater.

Player of the year – Lauren Lopez, Bishop Miege

Coach of the year – Christy Doile, McPherson


First team

Alex Bittner, sr., Cheney; Mylie Brown, sr., Beloit; Addison Budke, jr., Beloit; Cy Rae Campbell, sr., Olathe Heritage Christian; Hope Duncan, sr., Smoky Valley; Kinsey Perine, sr., Rossville; Rachel Van Gorp, sr., Olathe Heritage Christian.

Second team

Katja Blanchat, jr., Smoky Valley; Kendal Brueggen, jr., Hesston; McKinley Kruger, sr., Silver Lake; Grace Schmedding, sr., Olathe Heritage Christian; Brenna Smith, sr., St. Marys; Sophia Thompson, jr., Beloit; Sarah Wehrli, sr., Silver Lake.

Honorable mention

Jailyn Adolph, sr., Cheney; Ella Bolan, jr., Silver Lake; Taylor Damme, sr., Perry-Lecompton; Adrian Hazelwood, sr., Smoky Valley; Cali Honeyman, jr., Nemaha Central; Samantha Klotz, jr., Royal Valley; Dominique Schutte, sr., Halstead.

Player of the year – Rachel Van Gorp, Olathe Heritage Christian

Coach of the year – Brandy Paul, Beloit


First team

Emily Bainter, jr., Hoxie; Suttyn Harris, so., Inman; Camryn Hutchinson, sr., Smith Center; Gracie Kirchhoff, sr., Smith Center; Talya Sampson, sr., Sedgwick; Savannah Shahan, sr., Hillsboro; Zaylee Werth, sr., Hillsboro.

Second team

Tori Brown, sr., Maranatha; Grace Hett, sr., Marion; Josey Kennedy, sr., Hoxie; Emily Langley, sr., Jefferson County North; Gabby Lujan, sr., Belle Plaine; Kinley Rogers, sr., Hoxie; Amyah Werth, fr., Hillsboro.

Honorable mention

Dakota Kattenberg, sr., Smith Center; Carlie Martin, sr., Meade; Kynal Moore, so., Ellinwood; Delana Murk, sr., Valley Heights; Kingzley Ratzlaff, so., Hillsboro; Kalyn Sampson, so., Sedgwick; Kayley Shanfelt, sr., Wichita Classical.

Player of the year – Zaylee Werth, Hillsboro

Coach of the year – Sandy Arnold, Hillsboro


First team

Oen Deters, jr., Centralia; Alaina Eck, sr., Little River; Kaylee Moyer, sr., South Gray; Aubrey Olander, sr., Little River; Allie Reed, jr., South Gray; Ashley Stephenson, sr., Little River; Shea Wurtz, sr., Clifton-Clyde.

Second team

Kate Ellwood, sr., Little River; Vi Helm, sr., South Gray; Kayla Hermreck, sr., Colony-Crest; Jaye McCurdy, so., Wichita Central Christian; Abby Micek, sr., Rawlins County; Harlee Randall, jr., Flinthills; Sevy Wurtz, so., Clifton-Clyde.

Honorable mention

Calyn Baker, so., Clifton-Clyde; Lauren Brummet, sr., Lakeside; Grace Coughlin, sr., Olpe; Kami Grasser, sr., Little River; Jacelyn Huelskamp, sr., South Gray; Tatum Kramer, jr., Centralia; Brooklyn Wuest, jr., Goessel.

Player of the year – Alaina Eck, Little River

Coach of the year – Kim Rolfs, Little River


First team

Saige Hadley, jr., Lebo; Anna Jueneman, jr., Hanover; Tessa Lohse, sr., Hanover; Audrey Peek, sr., Lebo; Aubree Richardson, sr., Wallace County; Karoline Schroeder, sr., Wheatland-Grinnell; Olivia Stein, so., Ingalls.

Second team

Audrey Bina, so., Northern Valley; Carlie Brummer, jr., Beloit-St. John’s; Drew Bruna, fr., Hanover; Abi Jones, jr., Lebo; Kaydence Schotte, sr., Hanover; Jadence Stewart, so., Greeley County; Chloe Traffas, jr., Attica.

Honorable mention

Isabel Alexander, sr., Attica; Mary Carman, so., Wallace County; Autumn Coleman, so., Argonia; Jaelyn Daily, jr., Wallace County; Aubrey Gengler, sr., Beloit-St. John’s; Jadyn Mangan, jr., Greeley County; Jill Schmeekle, fr., Ingalls.

Player of the year – Saige Hadley, Lebo

Coach of the year – Gina Peek, Lebo