Humboldt’s successful 2012 high school volleyball season was evidenced by the selection of four players to the North Central All-Conference team.
League coaches released the all-conference team last week. The Wildcats, runners-up in the league with a 7-2 match record, 21-9 overall, had a first-team unanimous pick in senior middle hitter Kaitlynn Vought.
Wildcat senior outside hitter Erica Lane was named second-team, along with junior outside hitter April Jones. Junior setter Sarah Peters was chosen third-team.
Vought led Humboldt up front with 269 kills as she converted 504 of 591 spikes. Lane was second with 198 kills while Jones made 117. Peters served 266 of 290 with 27 aces. Peters led the squad in assists with 331 and collected 112 digs.
Vought served 250 of 274 for a team-high 39 aces. She also led the squad in blocks with 91 total, which included 50 solos. She had 113 digs. Jones had 36 blocks while Lane had 27. Lane was second on the team in digs with 137.
Humboldt coach Connie Rasmussen, who wrapped up her 13th year as head coach of the Wildcats, had praise for her squad on the season. The junior varsity, coached by Justin McDaniel, tied for the conference crown with Iowa Falls, Garrigan and Algona at 7-2. They were 13-5 overall.
The Wildcat freshman squad, coached by Kathi Beach, went 8-1 and tied for second in the NCC. They were 19-6 overall.
“Overall, it was a very good season and a very good season for all three clubs, varsity, junior varsity and ninth grade,” Rasmussen said.
“When all three clubs can finish second or better in the North Central Conference, that’s saying something about the success we have had this season,” Rasmussen said.
The Wildcats bid farewell to a senior class of nine athletes who have played an integral part of recent success. The class includes Bri Carda, Jenny Halverson, Christina Jensen, Caitlin Kohlhaas, Anna Tecklenburg, Taylor Weydert, Kinzie Wright, Lane and Vought.
“Nine seniors is a lot of seniors. In the last few years I’ve had some larger groups, but this is a testament to them to stay with it, put in the time during the off-season and a few of them knowing they probably weren’t going to get a lot of playing time. It meant a lot to all of them to be part of the team. They were great leaders in practice. They will be missed. Each brought something unique to the team and they did work well together,” Rasmussen said.
“I credit those girls for sticking it out. Having nine seniors is a big number. I’m proud they enjoyed volleyball and wanted to be a part of that team aspect. We try to do fun things during the season besides just playing matches. To me it’s more about what they learn being together with each other, what it’s like being part of a team and you might have to sacrifice and a lot of those did sacrifice for this team to be successful,” Rasmussen said.
“The freshmen went 8-1 in the NCC and the JV were 7-2. Those are very, very good seasons. Those girls got a lot of playing time and gained experience. The sophomores and juniors will be looked upon to fill quite a few positions next year,” Rasmussen said. “We’ll get the ball rolling in the off-season and get ready for when next August rolls around.”
NORTH CENTRAL ALL-CONFERENCE
First Team: Kaitlynn Vought,* Humboldt, senior middle hitter. Harli Janes,* Iowa Falls, senior middle hitter. Ali Grein,* Algona, junior middle hitter. Kaylee Schnathorst,* Webster City, junior outside hitter. Lindsay Barnhart, Iowa Falls, senior setter. Carly Ouverson, Clear Lake, senior setter. Jamie Peterson, Iowa Falls, senior outside hitter. Kaitlyn Pitzen, Clear Lake, senior middle hitter. Kylie Gerstein, Iowa Falls, junior outside hitter. Jossie Sann, Clarion-Goldfield, junior middle hitter.
Second Team: Erica Lane, Humboldt, senior outside hitter. April Jones, Humboldt, junior middle hitter. Hannah Lentsch, FD St. Edmond, senior middle hitter. Macoy Rohrer, Clarion-Goldfield, senior libero. Stephanie Steiner, Clarion-Goldfield, senior setter. Jenna Peterson, Clear Lake, senior outside hitter. JEssi Timm, Iowa Falls, senior right hitter. Morgan Gourley, Webster City, junior outside hitter/libero. Tatum Meyer, Algona, junior middle hitter. Kelsey Redmond, Iowa Falls, sophomore middle hitter.
Third Team: Sarah Peters, Humboldt, junior setter. Taryn Barz, Hampton-Dumont, senior setter/middle hitter. Claire Crimmins, FD St. Edmond, senior outside hitter. Chelsi Lanus, Bishop Garrigan, senior middle hitter. Riley Quintus, Eagle Grove, senior outside hitter. Rachel Teague, Algona, senior right hitter. Alli Huss, FD St. Edmond, junior middle hitter. Ashley Price, Webster City, junior setter. Sophia Wibholm, Iowa Falls, junior libero. Hope Polzin, Clarion-Goldfield, sophomore dig specialist.