Johnson, Tessum, Peterson, Taylor, Lambrecht awarded by Burro teammates

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The Lanesboro volleyball team recently finished the season activities with their annual awards. The Burros had one Honorable Mention All-SEC player in Lexie Johnson. Coach Julie Schreiber also handed out a series of six team awards on which the kids themselves vote. Johnson was voted both Most Valuable Player and Best Offensive Player while freshman Malia Tessum was the Best Defensive Player.

Sophomore Brooke Lambrecht was the choice for Most Improved while sophomore Sydney Taylor was voted Most Dedicated Player and junior Kaylee Peterson Most Spirited.

Johnson (HM. All-SEC)

(Most Valuable Player)

(Best Offensive Player)

The senior middle hitter joined seven other seniors as an Honorable Mention selection. Schreiber said Johnson was an all-around good player for the Burros and went out with her best season in a Lanesboro uniform.

“She finished at 90 percent serving and 25 ace serves,” Schreiber said. “She triggered quite a few scoring runs for us from the line. 

"As a middle hitter, she finished with 121 kills, 83 blocks and scored 279 points for us. However, she also played well in the back row, finishing with 130 digs even though she wasn’t in the back full time.

“Lexie was a team captain this year and a three-year starter on the team,” she added. “She started off as an outside hitter, but I moved her to the middle last year because of an injury to another player. She blocked so well in that spot that I wound up leaving her there. Her hitting really picked up as the season went along.”

Schreiber said being able to play well in both the front and back row is a challenging thing. As a middle blocker, Johnson expended a lot of energy moving side-to-side, but still found the energy to play well in the back row and keep opponent kills and serves off the floor.

“It’s a lot of work to play both,” Schreiber added. “She worked really hard in practice and got her stamina up to the point where she could occasionally do both.”

Tessum (Best Defense)

“She had a chance to fill in at the libero position this year when the starter was out,” Schreiber said. “Malia played the back row during varsity matches and played all the way around on the B team. She’s not very tall, but she can sure jump. She did a lot of damage at outside hitter for the B Team.”

Lambrecht, (Most Improved

Schreiber said Lambrecht played back-and-forth between the B team and varsity levels. After putting in hard work this summer, Lambrecht came in ready to play.

“She was moving really well at the net,” Schreiber said. “Brooke kept improving all season for us at the middle hitter position. Brooke did a really good job of bouncing back-and-forth, which can be a little challenging.

"She never knew from one game to the next if she’d play more at the varsity level or during the B team match. I could put her anywhere in the front row, and she would go in and do it for me.”

Taylor (Most Dedicated)

Schreiber said Taylor, a lefty, was their most consistent attacker at the right side of the net. Over the course of the season, Taylor was one of the go-to girls for offense. However, she was also versatile and able to play all around the court.

“She’s a very powerful hitter,” Schreiber said. “She also has a great serve and really honed in on all of her skills this season. She puts a lot of time in, both in and outside of the season, which I’m sure is why the players voted to give her this award.”

Peterson (Most Spirited)

The LHS junior was always cheering her team on, no matter if she was on the court, on the bench, or at practice. Schreiber said wherever Peterson was, she was always trying to keep the other kids going.

“She was constantly trying to lighten the mood,” she added. “She’s a great teammate with great team spirit.”