The Burlington High School girls volleyball team was rewarded on the All-Racine County girls volleyball team this fall.
Three members of the WIAA Division 1 state champion Demons — senior Abby Koenen, sophomore Kaley Blake and freshman Sam Naber — earned All-County first-team honors.
The first team was led by record-setting senior outside hitter Mia Grunze of Waterford, the All-County Player of the Year and the school’s all-time season and career leader in kills. She also set Southern Lakes Conference records in kills and kills per game.
Rounding out the first team are St. Catherine’s sophomore Kelsey Carrington, Prairie junior Jolie Larson and Union Grove sophomore Karlee Lois.
Here are capsule looks at the seven first-team members:
NOTABLE: Helped Demons win WIAA Division 1 state title; named to state All-tournament team; earned Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association All-State third-team honors; first-team All-Southern Lakes Conference; led Burlington with 949 assists; also had 182 digs, 75 aces, 37 kills, .571 hitting percentage, 23 blocks; Blake is being recruited by several NCAA Division I schools, including West Virginia, Virginia and Brigham Young.
QUOTABLE: “Kaley is a great competitor,” Demons co-coach Dan Lynch said. “She plays great defense, has an incredible serve and can really force the set to our middles. She has a great work ethic, striving to get better every practice.”
SCHOOL: St. Catherine’s
POSITION: Middle hitter
NOTABLE: Nominated for All-County Player of the Year; first-team All-Metro Classic Conference; finished season with 306 kills, a .330 hitting percentage, 126 blocks, 34 aces and 166 digs.
QUOTABLE: “Kelsey is an extremely dedicated athlete, leader and teammate,” Angels coach Kathy Simanek said. “Her dedication and drive show at each and every practice, game and tournament. She is an amazing, talented athlete and scholar student who is being highly recruited by many DI colleges.”
POSITION: Outside hitter
NOTABLE: Honorable mention American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American; Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association All-State first team for second straight year; Southern Lakes Conference Player of the Year and first-team All-SLC; No. 29 on Prepvolleyball.com’s list of Senior Aces; AVCA/MaxPreps Wisconsin Player of the Week for Oct. 2-8; UW-Oshkosh High School Showdown all-tournament team; finished career with school-record 1,732 kills and a .376 hitting percentage; set school season record with 570 kills (.392 hitting percentage); ranks on Waterford all-time top five in kills, aces and blocks; set SLC season records for kills (150) and kills per game (6.3); also had 411 serve receptions (2.2 passing average), 342 digs and 50 aces; plays for the Milwaukee Sting 18 Gold club team.
COLLEGE: Signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for Ohio State.
QUOTABLE: “Mia is an incredible athlete,” Wolverines coach Ashley Ingish said. “Not only is she a great athlete and volleyball player, but she is extremely humble and an excellent teammate and role model. I couldn’t ask for anyone better to lead our team for the past four years.”
POSITION: Outside hitter
NOTABLE: Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association All-State first-team; had final kill to give Demons the WIAA Division 1 state title; named to state All-tournament team for the second straight year; first-team All-Southern Lakes Conference; team captain; finished season with 438 kills, .288 hitting percentage, 29 blocks, 45 aces, 218 digs.
COLLEGE: Signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for UW-Milwaukee.
QUOTABLE: “Her leadership started this summer during open gyms,” Burlington co-coach Dan Lynch said of Koenen. “She worked hard to be a six-rotation player. Abby had a great state final, so when the final ball was set to her, we knew we were going to win the state title.”
POSITIONS: Middle hitter/setter
NOTABLE: Metro Classic Conference Player of the Year and first-team All-MCC selection; Hawks all-time leader in kills with 683 and set single-season Prairie record with 308 kills; helped Prairie win the MCC Tournament for the first time in program history; had 19 kills and a .586 hitting percentage in a victory over University School of Milwaukee and 25 kills and a .476 hitting percentage in a loss to MCC champion Catholic Central; led team with 400 assists setting in a modified 6-2 system; also had a .391 hitting percentage, 73 blocks, 50 aces and 258 digs; was named to 2017 AAU Nationals All-Tournament team with the Wisconsin Juniors.
QUOTABLE: “Not only does she excel in every aspect of the game, she is extremely efficient and has minimal errors,” Prairie coach Sarah Arndt said of Larson. “She has made a historical impact on our program and we would not have the successes we’ve had in her three years so far without her.”
SCHOOL: Union Grove
NOTABLE: Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association All-State honorable mention; first-team All-Southern Lakes Conference; led team with 772 assists, second on team in kills with 223; hitting percentage of .289; also had 503 digs and 31 aces; didn’t have a service error during SLC play, only six errors in 401 serves all season; had 41 digs and 39 assists against Franklin.
QUOTABLE: “Karlee is a setter who is a huge offensive threat with her left hand,” Broncos coach Annie Sireno said. “There were only a few matches where we ran a 6-2 and she was a right-side, but a majority of the season she ran a 5-1 offense. She is very scrappy and aggressive on defense.”
NOTABLE: Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association All-State second-team; first-team All-Southern Lakes Conference and top libero in SLC; helped Demons win WIAA Division 1 state title; totaled 319 digs and 34 aces; already being recruited by UCLA and Notre Dame, among others.
QUOTABLE: “Samantha is very competitive and doesn’t take a play off,” Demons co-coach Dan Lynch said. “She is very coachable, which allowed her to continue to improve her game throughout the season. Her defense is amazing.”