WEBSTER CITY - Another solid season led to another all-state honor for Webster City junior volleyball player Kaylee Schnathorst this week.
The outside hitter and three-year starter was named to the Class 4A honorable mention team by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association. The second largest class named just 14 players to the first and second teams, and another 16 to the honorable mention group.
"She was a consistently solid player for us," WCHS head coach Jess Howard said of Schnathorst, who is now a two-time honorable mention all-state award winner. "It's great to have her abilities get noticed, not only in the conference but in the state two years in a row."
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
Webster City junior outside hitter Kaylee Schnathorst slams a kill against Hampton-Dumont last month inside the WCHS gymnasium. Schnathorst earned a second straight honorable mention all-state accolade earlier this week.
After helping guide the Lynx to a 21-13 overall record and spot in the regional semifinal round, Schnathorst also garnered 4A West District all-district accolades.
Schnathorst ranked eighth in the class in total kills with 359 and 22nd in defensive digs with 348. She also collected 35 service aces on the season.
Howard says her pupil's skills are already elite, but she thinks Schnathorst's athleticism could allow her to take it to the next level during her senior season next fall.
Moriarty, Jeffers academic all-state
Webster City senior Bridget Moriarty and Northeast Hamilton senior Jennifer Jeffers have been named to the Iowa Girls Coaches Association all-academic volleyball team, it was announced this week.
In order to qualify for the elite group, players must possess an ACT score of 27 or higher as well as a grade point average of 3.75 or higher.
Moriarty and Jeffers were starters for their respective teams throughout the fall season.
"We'd like to use her more than just on the outside next year and that will show how versatile of a player she is," Howard said. "If we can get her to be more versatile at net hitting from all positions it can take our offense to the next level."
The IGCA also named an elite all-state team, as well as players and coaches of the year in all five classes.
The players of the year included Audrey Reeg of Dubuque Hempstead (5A); Jessie Sindlinger of Charles City (4A); Alexis Conaway of MOC-Floyd Valley (3A); Briana Weber of Dike-New Hartford and Brooke Wolterstorff of Western Christian (2A); and Samantha Meyer of Grundy Center (1A).
Conaway was the overall Player of the Year.
Coaches of the year were Diane Lichtenberg of Bettendorf (5A); Matt Johnson of Charles City (4A); Jon Mouw of MOC-Floyd Valley (3A); Diane Harms of Dike-New Hartford (2A); and Will Baumann of Tripoli (1A).