Coranda Vickerman, a sophomore setter, was named as the 2014 Southeast Conference Player of the Year. This is the second year she’s been named to the All-Conference team. CRAIG MOORHEAD/NEWS-RECORD
Coranda Vickerman, a sophomore setter, was named as the 2014 Southeast Conference Player of the Year. This is the second year she’s been named to the All-Conference team. CRAIG MOORHEAD/NEWS-RECORD

Mabel-Canton netters have made a big dent on the 2014 Southeast Conference (SEC) All-Conference volleyball awards, placing a conference-topping four players on the first team, and an eighth-grader on the Honorable Mention (HM) list.

Sophomore setter Coranda Vickerman won the 2014 SEC Player of the Year Award. This was also her second appearance on the All-Conference team.

It is an honor anytime the other coaches select one of your players as the Player of the Year,” M-C coach Lonnie Morken said. “She deserves it. She would be equally as good attacking or defensively but we needed her to set this year. She was a steady server and had very few bad games. Her last two years are going to be outstanding!”

Teammate Sara Vettleson-Trutza, a senior, played outside hitter. She won Honorable Mention in 2013. As the Cougars' top attacker, Vettleson-Trutza “really was looked upon by the other girls to be our terminator,” Morken reported. “She loves playing volleyball and her passion and excitement is contagious.”

Sophomore middle hitter Courtney Graves made her first appearance on the All-SEC squad, as did freshman outside hitter Savannah Slafter.

Graves has “Tremendous all-around skills,” Morken stated, “(she) makes very few errors and plays much older than her actual age.”

Slafter “burst onto the scene this year after being our number three outside hitter a year ago,” the coach added. “The sky is the limit with her. She loves volleyball and will spend countless hours to reach her potential!”

Finally, eighth-grade libero Lexi Thorson won an honorable mention for the Cougars. “She stepped right into the libero position and did a great job,” Morken noted. “She is a very intelligent player and became one of our best passers and servers.”

SEC West Division Champs Lyle/Pacelli advanced three players to the first team. Junior middle hitter Sarah Holtz was All-Conference for a second straight season. She won Honorable Mention in 2012. Senior middle hitter Madison Truckenmiller also made a second appearance on the first team, as did junior setter Courtney Walter. Sophomore outside hitter Bethany Strouf represented the Athletics on the HM list for 2014.

Spring Grove was represented on the 2014 All-SEC roster by junior setter Jordan Anderson, senior middle hitter Samantha Bratland, and senior rightside hitter Kailee Bjerke. It was Anderson's second appearance on the first team. Senior libero Elizabeth Johnson earned HM for the Lions.

Houston setter Alexa Horihan, a senior, made the first team, as did junior outside hitter Kelly Jerviss. Horihan won Honorable Mention in 2013. Senior libero Brandy Scanlan was the Hurricane entrant for HM this year.

The Schaeffer Academy Lions placed two players on the All-Conference roster. Senior Hannah Harris appeared at outside hitter. She was also All-SEC in 2013, and HM in 2012. Senior Emily Baber played setter. She won HM in 2013. The Schaeffer HM for 2014 went to sophomore libero Emily Harris.

Newcomer Randolph placed two players on the All-SEC squad. They included middle hitter Sammy Bey and outside hitter Karly Friedges, both seniors. The Rocket HM is senior outside hitter Bianca Stoesz.

Grand Meadow advanced junior middle hitter Rio Landers to the All-Conference list once again, a second appearance. The Superlarks were also represented by senior libero Rachel Oehlke on the HM roster.

LeRoy-Ostrander junior middle hitter Sam Siskow made a second appearance on the All-SEC team. Senior middle hitter Haley Riedemann earned a spot on the HM list.

Honorable mentions also included Lanesboro's Alexis Jorgenson, a senior middle hitter. Madi Ziebell of Glenville-Emmons (also a senior middle hitter) earned HM, as did sophomore Emily Burfeind, a rightside hitter hailing from Hope Lutheran.