Edgington is MVP; Peterson, Olerud, Johnson also honored

ABOVE LEFT: Mariah Edgington (Academic All-State; Impact Player/MVP; Hustle Award, 2nd yr. ABOVE RIGHT: Kailee Olerud (Heart Award). BELOW LEFT: VaNessa Peterson (Most Improved). BELOW RIGHT: Alyssa Johnson (Academic All-State)
By : 
S. Lee Epps

Spring Grove volleyball senior Mariah Edgington, who was previously voted the Conference Player of the Year by the SEC coaches, has also been voted the Impact Player Award (Most Valuable), the highest honor from her Spring Grove teammates. She is also the Hustle Award winner for the second straight season.

In addition, she is joined by Alyssa Johnson as Academic All-State, a recognition for seniors on the section roster who have a 3.8 or higher GPA cumulative through their high school years.

Kailee Olerud was voted the Heart Award while VaNessa Peterson was the choice for Most Improved.

EDGINGTON (MVP, Hustle) earned admiration from her teammates for not only giving her best but also "inspiring others to be their best." The other Lions also recalled her being "all over the court, constantly diving" to keep plays alive.

Edgington, a three-time All-Conference player, led the Lions this season in four statistical categories and tied for a fifth. The 5-foot-7 middle hitter had team-highs with 284 kills, 61 blocks, 379 digs and a 27% hitting efficiency.  She shared the Lion lead with 39 service aces.

She graduates with 1,010 digs, 841 kills, 176 blocks and 161 ace serves. 

OLERUD received the Heart Award with her teammates saying, "she loved being on the court and shared her love for the sport."

The two-time All-Conference senior setter, directed the Lion attack with 575 set assists this season and 1,693 for her career. Her 95.5% serving was best among the serving rotation. 

PETERSON (MIP), an athletic 5-7 sophomore outside hitter saw most action in B-team matches, but she was efficient during varsity appearances with more kills and service aces than errors. 

Her teammates noted Peterson's hard work everyday and bringing "energy from the bench onto the court."

With four senior hitters leaving the program, her role could soon be greatly expanded. 

JOHNSON (Academic All-State) was also a First Team All-SEC selection. The 5-7 outside hitter was second this season with 153 kills and third with 237 digs.


Seven of the eight letter winners also produced in the classroom with a 3.4 or higher GPA during the first academic quarter. The Academic All-SEC Lions are all five seniors - Olerud, Edgington, Johnson, Kyleigh Doering and Sydnie Kampschroer along with junior Amelia Solum and eighth grader Maggie Lile.


Edgington earned a fourth varsity letter while Olerud and Solum received a third letter. Two-year letter winners are Johnson, Doering and Kampschroer.

Lile, an eighth grade starting libero and eighth grade middle hitter Addyson McHugh earned their first varsity letters.


In respect to wins, it was the most successful season in Lion volleyball history with a record 26 wins. All four losses came against the same state-ranked team. 

Spring Grove won the Waukon Tournament for the second straight season and was the first team besides host Mabel-Canton to win the M-C Labor Day Tournament. 

The girls thus snapped a 59-match, 22-year losing streak versus state-ranked Mabel-Canton and later ended a 15-match, 17-year losing slide versus state ranked Caledonia.

The 2018 Lions were the first in 17 years to win a playoff match in Rochester and therefore advance to the sub-section championship match.


LION LEADERS - Volleyball 2018


Kailee Olerud………….95.5%

Sydnie Kampschroer…94.6%

Alyssa Johnson……….94.5%

Amelia Solum………….94.3%

Kyleigh Doering……….92.0%

Mariah Edgington           …….91.3%


Kyleigh Doering…..39

Amelia Solum……..39

Mariah Edgington           ..39

Alyssa Johnson…..30

Kailee Olerud……..27


Mariah Edgington           …...27%

Sydnie Kampschroer.17%

Alyssa Johnson……..14%

Kyleigh Doering……..13%

Kailee Olerud………..12%


Mariah Edgington           …..284

Alyssa Johnson……..153

Sydnie Kampschroer.123

Amelia Solum………..100

Kailee Olerud………….79


Mariah Edgington           …….61

Kailee Olerud………….12

Sydnie Kampschroer…12


Mariah Edgington           .379

Amelia Solum …...258

Alyssa Johnson …237

Kailee Olerud ……231

Maggie Lile……….221