Hanna Nolte, left, and Sara Vettleson-Trutza were named to the Academic All-State List, which requires a student to be a senior on the section playoff roster who lettered and had a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or higher from their freshman to senior years. HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS-RECORD
Hanna Nolte, left, and Sara Vettleson-Trutza were named to the Academic All-State List, which requires a student to be a senior on the section playoff roster who lettered and had a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or higher from their freshman to senior years. HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS-RECORD
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The team votes are in and several Cougar netters have earned awards.

Senior outside hitter Sara Vettleson-Trutza was named Most Valuable Player, Hardest Worker and Team Player of the Year. During the 2014 campaign, she put away a team-high 325 kills, swatted 43 ace serves past opponents, dug the ball 197 times and blocked 31.5 shots (25 for aces).

The Most Improved Player Award went to junior defensive specialist Emma Wathier. She scored 133 points — including 23 ace serves — and dug 199 times.

Academic All-Conference awards have also been earned by several M-C players. They included Danielle Graves, Hannah Nolte, Vettleson-Trutza, Wathier, Courtney Graves, Coranda Vickerman, Savannah Slafter, Maddy Michels, Lexi Thorson, and Payton Danielson.

“To be named Academic All-Conference you must have a 3.4 GPA or higher in the fall quarter and also letter,” M-C head coach Lonnie Morken reported.

The Academic All-State list includes Nolte and Vettleson-Trutza. To earn that prized award, a player must be a senior on the section playoff roster that lettered and had a cumulative GPA on 3.8 or higher from 9th grade on — covering their course of their entire high school career.

Morken added that SEC Player of the Year Vickerman (whose 951 assists were the fourth-most in school history), also earned several other honors during the 2014 season. They included the KFIL Radio Volleyball Player of the Month for September, the Minnesota Player of the Week award for Sept. 21-28 from the American Volleyball Coaches Association, and making the All-Tournament Team at the Class A Showcase tourney in Burnsville at the end of September.

Another remarkable achievement was the fact that freshman Slafter, who played outside hitter, served 97.2 percent of the time in-bounds. That's the fourth-highest in school history.

Morken (556-110) has been named the 2014 Section 1A Coach of the Year. This season marks the 10th time he has won that award in 21 years at the M-C helm.