For the varsity squad, coach Sheila Mayer started off by thanking and recognizing the team's wonderful managers: Jaime Wuertz, Sine Jahnum, Wendy Bennett, and Crystal Songetay.
The varsity team ended with a 10-10 record in matches, 32-35 in games, and 5-7 in the West Central Conference North. The team had 1428/1562 for serving in games, which adds up to be more than 90 percent. That was a great accomplishment. The girls dug the ball 2000 times, hit 700 times, and had 400 blocks and 167 ace blocks. Senior Tanya Lieser (pictured at right) had over half of the ace blocks.
The girls also reached one of their goals: to have an ending record of at least .500.
Coach Mayer also gave out individual awards to all her players: Sara Lieser, Hard Working Practice Player; Jenny Habben, Most Versatile Player; Cyndi Bollman, Ready To Go In and Play Award; Jana Zumwalde, Defensive Specialist Award; Jenni Mayer, Consistent Server Award; Joy Hemmesch, South Paw Award; Steph Krupke, Take Charge Award; Courtney Karsch, Most Aggressive Hitter Award; Carrie Hemmesch, Lead Vocal Award; and Tanya Lieser, Most Inspirational.
Tanya Lieser was named All Conference in the WCC North. Honorable mentions to the All Conference team were Steph Krupke and Carrie Hemmesch.
"We played hard and competed against teams and took a lot of good teams to five game matches and won some as well," said coach Mayer.
The junior varsity team ended their season with a record of 6-12 in matches. They pulled together to play hard and compete against some of the harder teams. They were within three points of the third game in a lot of their matches.
"It's what's in your heart that counts," coach Dawn Knoll told her team.
The C-squad ended their season with a record of 31-26 in games.
Coach Traci Anderson also gave out these awards to her team: Stacy Person, Most Improved; Hannah Braun and Jen Bruntlett, Most Enthusiastic; Laura Stoneburner, Most Valuable Defensive Player; Hannah Braun, Most Valuable Offensive Player; and Morgan Martinson, Overall Player and Leader. All of the squads had successful and memorable seasons. Thanks to all who supported Paynesville volleyball.
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