JAYLYN AGNEW, ANDOVER
Agnew has made a non-binding commitment to play basketball at Creighton and is a three-time Class 5A high jump champion.
Even though the senior hitter only plays volleyball in season, she’s a powerful hitter and blocker. She had 402 kills and finished her four-year career with school-record 1,130 kills.
“She’s a total all-around player,” Andover coach Sue Coffman said. “She tied for the best passing stats on our team. She was second in digs. We used to joke in practice that she could be a setter if I needed one.… Her ability to jump and hit holes made her so hard to block. She made the game exciting to watch.”
TAYLOR BEVIS, CARROLL
Bevis, a senior hitter, led Carroll to an unbeaten record in the City League, a 33-10 record overall and fourth place in Class 5A. She was not only a powerful hitter but a presence throughout the rotation. She had 387 kills, 23 stuff blocks, 218 digs and 37 aces.
“She’s a six-rotation player,” Carroll coach Rita Mernagh said. “She’s the best one that I’ve seen in this area. She wants to do well, and she encourages the other kids.… Her kill percentage was 55. So every two balls, she was getting a kill.”
TYLER DOWNS, MAIZE
Downs, a senior setter who led Maize to a 34-10 record and the Class 6A tournament, ran the 5-1 offense and utilized all the Eagles’ hitters well. She had 962 assists and a mere 40 errors. She also had 33 aces, 62 kills, 288 digs and seven stuff blocks.
“She has so much consistency,” Maize coach Betsy Manning said. “It was wonderful to be able to run a 5-1 and everyone knew exactly where her sets would be. Most important was her decision making, and her jump sets threw the block off so much. She could attack from the frotn row. When she can jump set all three locations, she’s pulling a blocker and freeing the offense for our hitters.”
RACHEL FRIEDRICHS, ANDALE
Friedrichs, a senior hitter, battled injuries through her career, including a fractured bone in her neck as the result of a skiing accident and an anterior cruciate ligament tear that kept her from playing as a junior.
She dominated as a senior, though, and led Andale (33-9) to the Class 4A-Division I tournament, its first state berth in 23 seasons. She had 297 kills, 20 stuff blocks and 83 aces.
“We talk about getting first-ball kills,” Andale coach Janelle Birkner said. “Let’s put the ball away so we don’t even have to worry about it coming over. She has the ability to do that. While she’s in the front row, we’ll keep the serve.”
KYNNEDY MYERS, ROSE HILL
Myers, a two-time All-Metro selection at setter, had 660 assists running a 5-1 offense, 27 stuff blocks and 283 digs. When she was in the front row, she was a threat to hit a second ball and had 173 kills.
“She was asked to be more of an offensive player than one who got the offense going,” Rose Hill coach Melissa Segovia said. “She concentrated on her blocking. She worked really, really hard on her defense.
“She can do anything with the ball. Any ball that came to her, her goal was always to better the ball. There would be times she was on the floor to get the perfect set.”
KEIRYN SWENSON, MAIZE
Swenson, a senior hitter, has made a non-binding commitment to compete in track and play basketball at Arkansas. A powerful hitter who also knew where to put the ball, Swenson had 386 kills. She had 42 aces and 24 stuff blocks.
“She’s so incredibly athletic,” Manning said. “… She’s able to be such a force at the net. She can get up above blocks. She can manipulate a ball and cut around the block, and she just has so much power and force behind her hits. A lot of players struggle to get off the net so they can make the big approach. When she gets a giant, 14-foot approach, there’s no stopping her.”
KENZIE YOUNG, DERBY
Young, a junior libero, had 756 digs as she helped lead Derby to the 6A sub-state final. She covers the court extremely well because of her quickness laterally, and her ability to read the setter.
“She’s so competitive that she always wants to perform at her best,” Derby coach Shelby Kraus said. “… Her mind is just in the game 100 percent of the time.
“I think she can read the set. She really focuses on the setter and the body language of the setter, and then she’d decide what way she’ll go (defensively).”
COACH LEANNA BRADDY, DOUGLASS
Braddy is the All-Metro coach of the year after leading Douglass (40-2) to an unbeaten record in the Central Plains League and a third-place finish in Class 3A.
Douglass was 4-27 in 2006, Braddy’s first season. By 2009 the Bulldogs had a winning season. They went to state for the first time in 2011 and earned a state tourney berth three times in four seasons.
Jaylyn Agnew, Andover
Taylor Bevis, Carroll
Tyler Downs, Maize
Rachel Friedrichs, Andale
Kynnedy Myers, Rose Hill
Keiryn Swenson, Maize
Kenzie Young, Derby
Leanna Braddy, Douglass