Posted Online: Nov. 11, 2012, 7:18 pm
Riverdale senior Nimrick named TRAC-9 volleyball MVP
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By Terry Duckett, email@example.com
Her play providing the heartbeat for the Riverdale Rams' run to a Class 2A state third-place volleyball trophy, it only makes sense that Hannah Nimrick should be the class of her league.
The senior setter was named the Three Rivers Conference's Most Valuable Player and was the lone unanimous first-team selection, heading up a group of five Rams to earn All-Conference honors including fellow first-teamer and senior middle hitter Liz Oltman.
Nimrick fell just one assist short of an even 700 for the season, and was also a potent weapon when she got in the front row, as her 137 kills attest. Additionally, the 5-foot-10 standout served up 51 aces and added 219 digs.
For her part, the 6-foot Oltman led Riverdale (34-4) in kills with 224 and was also the four-time TRAC-9 champions' leading blocker with 66; her 41 aces were second on the team behind Nimrick.
Two more Ram seniors -- outside hitter Jess Corson and libero Elle May -- earned second-team honors, with junior middle hitter Payton Mink earning honorable mention status.
Coming off a 26-10 season, a share of second place in the TRAC-9 with Sterling Newman and their first 1A regional title in four years, the Erie Cardinals were rewarded with a pair of first-team choices in their sister duo of senior middle Paige Rus and freshman outside hitter Peyton Rus.
Two of their teammates, senior setter Katelyn Temple and junior libero Courtney Cobert, landed spots on the honorable mention roster.
Fulton (16-18-1) and Morrison (15-16) each had one first-team selection apiece. Regional finalists in 2A, the Steamers were represented by senior outside hitter Kylie Kennedy. The Fillies, who lost to Fulton in the regional semifinals, placed senior middle Alyssa Workman on the first team.
Fulton also had one second-teamer in senior Morgan Wierema; she was joined on the second team by Prophetstown junior Katlyn Shirley and Bureau Valley's duo of senior Danae Ross and sophomore Lindsey Hoffert.
Other area players earning honorable mention status were Bureau Valley's Sydney Lebahn, Fulton's Chelsea Lesniewski, Kewanee's Guadalupe Lopez and Lauren Jonmarker, Morrison's Jessica Wieneke and Prophetstown's Clare Kramer and Karlie Stafford.