WEBSTER CITY - No matter the circumstances - good or bad - Hannah Pulis was always good for an encouraging word or a pat on the back as she did whatever she could to help the South Hamilton volleyball team during her senior season this fall.
That leadership, not to mention her talent in the back row, didn't go unnoticed.
After helping South Hamilton tie for fifth in the Heart of Iowa Conference, Pulis was recognized as a first-team all-conference libero, it was announced yesterday. She was one of nine players placed on the top team and the only Hawk.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
South Hamilton senior Hannah Pulis fires off a serve during a Class 2A regional match against Woodward-Granger this season. Pulis, a libero, was named to the Heart of Iowa Conference first team yesterday.
South Hamilton received a pair of honorable mention accolades for junior middle blocker Tiffany Jacobson and freshman outside hitter Ady Wintermote.
Conference champion and Class 3A state qualifier Nevada garnered a league-best three first-team nods for senior Megan Pringnitz, junior Michaela Matuska and sophomore Kati Cassabaum.
Pringnitz and Matuska were the only unanimous first-team choices.
Heart of Iowa Conference
Megan MurphySr.North Polk
Lilly LomicaJr.North Polk
Hannah PulisSr.South Hamilton
*Denotes unanimous selection
Emma SaddorisJr.Greene County
Mollie SorberJr.Greene County
Tiffany JacobsonJr.South Hamilton
Ady WintermoteFr.South Hamilton
Morgyn BullockJr.North Polk
Miranda MurphySr.North Polk
Marissa PromesJr.Greene County
Chelsi WilkensSr.Greene County
North Polk and Roland-Story both had two first-team players; senior Megan Murphy and junior Lilly Limica for the Comets, and senior Anna Himan and junior Lauren Himan for the Norsemen.
Gilbert junior Alex Miner completed the first team.
A multiple-year starter at libero for South Hamilton and head coach Cindy Holmes, Pulis ranked fourth in the HOIC in digs with 302 - an average of 4.19 per set. She was also the Hawks best weapon behind the service line where she smacked 38 aces while making just 16 errors in 261 chances.
Wintermote paced South Hamilton in kills with 176 - the 14th-best total in the HOIC - while hitting .233. She also had 27 aces.
Jacobson was second on the conference's blocks leaderboard with 107 - teammate Savana Stangeland piled up 115 - and she also cranked out 117 kills and 26 aces.
Miner (408 kills), Pringnitz (301), Cassabaum (288), Lauren Himan (249) and Murphy (236) were the HOIC offensive leaders at net.