PARK HILLS – MAAA coaches offered an emphatic tip of the cap to middle hitters, both past and present, when selected their standout athletes from the recently completed volleyball season.
Seven of 12 First Team players within the two divisions have spent prominent time hoping to create booming blocks and uplifting kills from that portion of the net during their high school careers.
The list of honorees was released Tuesday after MAAA flag bearer Arcadia Valley finished its historic second state final four journey at the Show Me Center.
The Lady Tigers finished second overall to Class 2 champion Hermann following a three-set battle to achieved their highest postseason finish in program history.
Arcadia Valley won the MAAA tournament for the first time ever, and shattered its previous record of 25 wins during a single season by finishing 32-6-2 overall.
Senior setter Macey Browers and middle hitters Laney Tucker and Maddie DeMent give AV three First Team awards in the Small-School Division, most of any league squad.
With senior Josie Landrum easily on the Second Team, the Lady Tigers have four total selections to match both Farmington and Small-School rival Valle Catholic.
Valle Catholic senior standout Lainey Bauman and her junior setter Rachel Loida complete the Small-School First Team six along with West County sophomore middle Dori McRaven.
Farmington secured the Large-School championship before earning a third consecutive district title through ample senior experience.
Kills leader and four-year varsity starter Jesse Miler again earns First Team status along with digging standout Blair Busenbark for the Knights, who notched 28 victories.
Central took second in conference and district brackets to further validate a resurgent season that concluded with 22 wins, compared to 13 last year.
The Lady Rebels graduated two First Team players, but senior Callie Thurston and Liberty Coleman earned that recognition as six-rotation fixtures this fall.
Outside hitter Jennifer Humbolt grabbed an elite Large-School spot for Ste. Genevieve, while North County junior Kayleigh Winch rounds out the First Team.
North County also made improvement from five wins to 14 this season. Ste. Genevieve joined Valle Catholic, Farmington and Arcadia Valley at district champs from the MAAA.
Carley Hampton of Potosi was the lone all-conference freshman honored. Farmington seniors Macey Pauls and Sarah Bauer also made the Large-School Second Team, as did Ste. Genevieve junior Julia McKlin, Central junior Avery Norris and Fredericktown junior Mallory Mathes.
West County hitters Makenzie Simily and Cheyenne Young, Valle Catholic libero Brooke Viox and outside Riley Siebert, and Bismarck senior Macy Butery comprise the Small-School Second Team with Landrum.
Large-School 1st Team
Jesse Miller, sr., Farmington
Liberty Coleman, soph., Central
Jennifer Humbolt, sr., Ste. Genevieve
Kayleigh Winch, jr., North County
Blair Busenbark, sr., Farmington
Callie Thurston, sr., Central
Large-School 2nd Team
Julia McKlin, jr., Ste. Genevieve
Avery Norris, jr., Central
Macey Pauls, sr., Farmington
Mallory Mathes, jr., Fredericktown
Sarah Bauer, sr., Farmington
Carley Hampton, fr., Potosi
Small-School 1st Team
Macey Browers, sr., Arcadia Valley
Maddie DeMent, soph., Arcadia Valley
Lainey Bauman, sr., Valle Catholic
Rachel Loida, jr., Valle Catholic
Laney Tucker, sr., Arcadia Valley
Dori McRaven, soph., West County
Small-School 2nd Team
Josie Landrum, sr., Arcadia Valley
Brooke Viox, jr., Valle Catholic
Makenzie Simily, jr., West County
Riley Siebert, soph., Valle Catholic
Cheyenne Young, sr., West County
Macy Butery, sr., Bismarck