Wintermote a phenom on court for Kirkwood

SH?graduate named ICCAC?freshman of year, all-league and all-region

Kirkwood freshman and 2017 South Hamilton High School graduate Ady Wintermote puts the ball down during an Eagles’ match this fall. Wintermote was recently named the ICCAC Freshman of the Year. photo/Margaret O’Banion

WEBSTER CITY — She still wears No. 9, although now her jersey is either white or blue instead of the familiar South Hamilton red. But other than that, not a lot has changed.

Prep courts or college courts, the setting really doesn’t matter. Ady Wintermote can still play the game of volleyball really well.

The 2017 South Hamilton High School graduate and current Kirkwood Community College freshman put together a fall season of excellence for the Eagles. A starting outside hitter, Wintermote helped Kirkwood post a 25-17 overall record and perfect 8-0 mark inside the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference.

And then the postseason honors started to roll in.

Wintermote was recently named the ICCAC freshman of the year and also garnered first-team all-conference and all-region honors. Kirkwood head coach Jill Williams was also named the conference coach of the year.

Ady Wintermote on the attack for Kirkwood this season. photo/Margaret O’Banion

Wintermote led the Eagles in kills with 488 and ranked 12th nationally in Division II. She finished in the ICCAC Top 10 in seven statistical categories — kills, kills per set, hitting percentage, block assists, blocks per set, points and points per set.

The impact Wintermote was able to have was a bit surprising, she said. She began the season as a right-side hitter, but eventually moved to the outside, a position that was her home for four years at South Hamilton, and the kills started to pile up.

“I didn’t start playing on the outside until the home Kirkwood tournament (on Sept. 8),” Wintermote said. “So at the beginning of the season, I didn’t really expect a whole lot, I just knew that I was going to have to grow as a volleyball competitor. Being at Kirkwood has really helped me do that.”

The season didn’t end the way Wintermote wanted, however. She suffered a grade II ankle sprain in practice last Tuesday night on the eve of the regional tournament and was unable to take part. With a boot on her foot and crutches by her side, Wintermote was forced to watch top-seeded Kirkwood fall to Northeast Community College, 3-2, with a spot in the national tournament on the line on Saturday in Iowa Falls.

“I have never had to sit during a volleyball season and to have it be during my first year of college was tough,” she said. “I could give advice and of course I cheered them on, but it was very hard for me.”

Her emotions took over when she was named the league’s freshman of the year just minutes after that final loss.

“That was a very bittersweet moment for me,” she said. “I was very excited to get the award, but I just started crying because we lost and I felt bad I wasn’t able to be a part of it.”

The 2017 Daily Freeman-Journal Female Athlete of the Year, Wintermote will be one of the league’s premier players next fall.

At South Hamilton, Wintermote was a four-time all-Heart of Iowa Conference selection and also received all-state accolades. She’s the school’s all-time kills leader and the only Hawk to ever crack 1,000 career kills.

ICCAC All-Conference Teams

First Team

Outside hitter — Ady Wintermote, fr, Kirkwood; Margaret Micka, soph, Kirkwood; Peyton Parker, fr, DMACC; Gabby Sullivan, soph, Iowa Central; RaeAhna Harmon, soph, Iowa Lakes; Monique Schafer, soph, Northeast.

Middle hitter — Lauren Rieck, soph, DMACC.

Setter — Leiah Paustian, soph, DMACC.

Second Team

Outside hitter — Nicole Nielsen, soph, Ellsworth; Hannah Wagner, fr, NIACC; Macy Stewart, soph, Northeast.

Middle blocker — Kayla Faldet, fr, Iowa Central; McKenzie Petersen, soph, Kirkwood; Abbi Tunis, fr, Kirkwood.

Libero — Michele O’Haver, soph, Iowa Central; Ashley Kopplin, soph, Southwestern.

Honorable Mention

DMACC — (OH) Madison Paulsen, fr; (L) Rachael Bair, soph.

Ellsworth — (L) Myriana Martinez, soph; (S) Ashley Kraber, soph.

Iowa Central — (S) Abby Lohrmann, fr; (OH) Libby Zorn, fr.

Iowa Lakes — (L) Margaret Baker, fr; (S) Jazmin Benally, soph.

Kirkwood — (L) Brianna Eberhardt, fr; (S) Lauren Keane, fr.

NIACC — (MB) Brooke Greenwood, soph; (OH) Becca Konz, soph.

Northeast — (S) Savannah Nelson, fr; (L) Peyton Roach, soph.

Southeastern — (OH) Paige Leffler, soph; (MH) Taylor Menzies, fr.

Southwestern — (MH) Sydney Maynes, soph; (OH) Jada Perkins, fr.

Coach of the Year: Jill Williams, Kirkwood.

Player of the Year: Gabby Sullivan, Iowa Central.

Freshman of the Year: Ady Wintermote, Kirkwood.