Six area standouts picked to Class A, Class B all-state squads
Coaches make selections to top honor teams
Six region standouts were selected to the Class A and Class B all-state volleyball teams, as selected by the South Dakota Volleyball Coaches Association.
Winner senior outside hitter Ellie Brozik was selected to the Class A all-state first team, with Mount Vernon/Plankinton senior libero Jocelyn Manzano and Wagner junior outside hitter Emma Yost picked to the Class A second team.
Brozik is making her third overall appearance on the Class A all-state list after a second-team selection in 2019 and a first-team pick in 2020. The 5-foot-8 standout had 405 kills, 89 aces, 329 digs for the Warriors, who finished 18-14 and reached the Class A SoDak 16.
The rest of the Class A first team includes Garretson senior outside hitter Lily Ranschau, Sioux Falls Christian’s senior middle hitter Sydney Tims and senior outside hitter Katie VanEgdom, Rapid City junior outside hitter Olivia Kieffer, Dakota Valley junior setter Logan Miller and Madison sophomore middle hitter Audrey Nelson.
The 5-foot-4 Manzano led the Titans defense during a 20-win season for MVP. She had 534 digs, had a 95% success rate on serve-receive and served at a 93% clip with 15 aces on the season for MVP, while consistently making passes that kept the team in system.
Yost was a key player for the Red Raiders in a successful run to the Class A state tournament. Wagner finished 28-8 and Yost, a 5-foot-11 hitter,had 343 kills and a .275 hitting percentage, while scoring 35 blocks, 483 digs and 45 aces on the season, helping Wagner to a fourth-place finish.
Black Panthers’ VanDerWerff leads Class B all-state picks
In Class B, Platte-Geddes sophomore middle hitter Karly VanDerWerff led the way for area selections on the first team. She was joined by Burke’s Adisyn Indahl and Bridgewater-Emery’s Julia Weber, who were second-team picks in Class B.
VanDerWerff, a 5-foot-10 hitter, finished with 491 kills, 72 aces and 506 digs in a season that saw Platte-Geddes climb to the No. 1 seed in the Class B state tournament and a third-place finish in a 34-5 season.
VanDerWerff was one of four non-seniors on the Class B first team, joined by fellow sophomore Ava Nilsson, who played for the state champions Warner, Wolsey-Wessington junior outside hitter Mya Boomsma and Ella Haven, a junior outside hitter from Northwestern. Seniors on the first team included outside hitters Isabel Aesoph, of Faulkton Area, Arlington’s Hadley Carlson and Chester Area’s Jayda Kenyon.
Indahl posted massive numbers for the Cougars, who reached the Class B state tournament behind the play of the 5-foot-7 hitter. She had 595 kills and 649 digs for Burke, which finished 29-11 and eighth in Class B.
Weber, a 5-foot-8 senior outside hitter, cleared the 1,000-kill and 1,000-dig mark for her career during the Huskies’ season, which included 28 straight victories. She was a first-team selection in 2020.
VanDerWerff’s teammate Avery DeVries, a junior setter, was named to the Class B honorable mention list to represent Platte-Geddes. DeVries had 1,144 assists and 285 digs. She is joined on the honorable mention list by Kimball/White Lake junior outside hitter Dani Deffenbaugh and Avon senior middle/outside hitter Tiffany Pelton. Deffenbaugh had 313 kills and 371 digs for the Wildkats, while Pelton finished with 349 kills and 79 blocks for Avon.