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Lyman's Flitner earns Class B all-state volleyball honors


Aberdeen American News

Senior volleyball player Anna Flitner led the Lyman Raiders to a fifth-place finish this season and was named to the Class B all-state second-team list.

The outside hitter, who was recently named The Daily Republic’s volleyball player of the year, recorded a Lyman single-season record 485 kills, averaging 4.6 kills per set. She finished her four-year career with 1,291 kills.

In her senior season, Flitner, who was the only Mitchell area player to garner all-state honors, compiled 68 aces, 584 digs and 81 blocks.

Two-time defending State B champion Warner and this year’s runner-up Chester each have two members on the first squad, while Arlington and Northwestern each place one player on the honor unit. Those four teams have combined to win 13 state championships, have been runner-up 14 times and finished third nine times.

The first team includes Ashley Rozell and Miranda Ristau of Warner, Jenna Reiff and Erin Benson of Chester, Samantha Boeck of Arlington and Jordon Peterson of Northwestern.

Ristau and Rozell have been staples on teams that have lost just one match and four total sets in the past two seasons.

Ristau capped her senior season with 357 kills (11.5 per match) and 46 solo blocks. The 6-foot-2 Northern State basketball recruit also added 45 digs and five set assists.

“Miranda worked extremely hard in the off-season to continually improve her skills,” said Warner coach Kari Jung. “Her height and powerful arm swing were a tremendous asset to our team.”

Most of Ristau’s thunderous spikes came off assists from Rozell. The junior racked up 849 set assists this past season. The Northern State volleyball recruit also finished with 62 kills, 85 aces, 139 digs and 46 solo blocks.

“Ashley has a passion for volleyball and takes the initiative to constantly improve her game,” Jung said. “No matter the circumstance on the court, Ashley played focused and encouraged others to do the same.”

Reiff and Benson each played a key role in helping Chester reach the title match this season.

Benson collected 476 digs (19.04 per match). The senior also had 37 ace serves and 18 kills. She finished her career with a whopping 2,226 career digs.

“Erin has an amazing ability to read the hitter and manages to get herself into a position to make a dig on the ball,” said her mom and Chester coach Jean Benson. “She has kept the Lady Flyers in many volleyball matches with her ability to prevent the other team from scoring.”

While Benson was negating kills, her teammate Reiff was busy accumulating them. Only a sophomore, Reiff had 283 kills (11.32 per match). She also tallied 22 aces, 55 solo blocks and 274 digs.

Few players produced more kills than Boeck. The senior capped her final season with 507 kills (15.84 per match) to run her career total to 1,704 kills. The South Dakota State volleyball recruit also had 25 aces, 62 blocks and 121 digs.

Just a junior, Peterson caused major problems for Northwestern foes, finishing with 459 kills (14.8 per match), 19 aces, 21 blocks and 101 digs.

Joining Flitner on the second team is Brett Heuer, of Arlington, Courtney McKee, of Alcester-Hudson, Allison Sanner, of Parker, Sierra Stugelmeyer, of Harding County, and Haylee Biel, of Herreid-Selby Area.

The honorable mention list features Karlea Stahl, of Sully Buttes, Morgan Hay, of Parker, Tyann Hamlin, of Highmore-Harrold, Gabby Kampmann and Shelby Remund, both of Elkton-Lake Benton, and LaMour Binger, of Hitchcock-Tulare.