Edgington is All-State, All-Area, signs with MSU, Mankato

LEFT: All-State Mariah Edgington signs a letter of intent to play volleyball at Minnesota State, Mankato. RIGHT: After the official signature in the Spring Grove gymnasium, Edgington (second from right) poses with her coach and family members. From left are Spring Grove coach Kelsey Morken, brother Dane Edgington, Mariah Edgington and mother Heather Edgington. Photo by S. Lee Epps

Senior Mariah Edgington was named to the Class A All-State Volleyball Team. She is believed to be the only Spring Grove player so honored by the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association. 

In addition, Edgington was one of only seven players named All-Area First Team by the Post Bulletin. Lion senior Kailee Olerud received Honorable Mention.

That All-State presentation was made at a banquet in St. Paul several days before Edgington signed a letter of intent to play volleyball next year for Minnesota State University, Mankato. 

The NCAA Division II Mavericks were 18-11 this fall. MSU, Mankato is a member of the Northern Sun Conference along with Winona State and Upper Iowa.

Previously, Edgington was selected the 2018 Conference Player of the Year by SEC coaches. She was also voted Impact Player (MVP) by her Lion teammates along with the Hustle Award for a second season.

She is also Academic All-State, a prestigious recognition for senior letter winners who have a 3.8 or higher GPA cumulative through their high school careers.

"Mariah is one of the most dynamic, passionate, and versatile volleyball players I have ever worked with or seen," said coach Kelsey Morken.  "These traits were very evident every time she took the court. She is constantly striving to get better, and she pushes her team to do the same. 

"Mariah has a great court sense, knowledge of the game and an innate ability to always do what needed to be done for her team.  We are so proud of her accomplishments and what she and her team have done for Spring Grove volleyball!"

There are 202 teams playing volleyball in Class A, and only 14 girls were named All-State First Team. Three were from Section One - Edgington, a senior middle hitter, along junior hitter Lydia Lange from Caledonia and sophomore setter Kenidi McCabe of Mabel-Canton.

McCabe (First Team) and Lange (Second Team) were also All-Area.