This is the eighth year for All-Metro teams selected by The Eagle, recognizing the best high school athletes in team sports throughout Sedgwick, Butler and Harvey counties.In October, nomination ballots were sent to all volleyball coaches at the 40 high schools in Sedgwick, Butler and Harvey counties.Coaches were asked to return the ballots with nominations of the best players within those counties that they saw this season, including their own players.The team was selected by Joanna Chadwick after tabulating nominations, her own evaluation of players and additional input from coaches.
Valley Center senior
Driskill, a hitter who plans to sign with Wichita State today, helped lead the Hornets to third place in Class 5A. A two-time All-Metro selection, Driskill, who had 413 kills, had impressive power and the ability to hit anywhere on the court.
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Hartzog, a senior hitter, was dangerous at the net — she had 355 kills and could hit with power or find the holes in the defense. Hartzog also was vital in the back row on defense — she had 267 digs — and serving, with 39 aces. She helped lead Maize to the Class 6A tournament.
Hiebert, a setter/hitter who will sign with Wichita State, was involved in at least 90 percent of the Railers’ plays. She had 418 kills, 474 assists, 321 digs and 284 blocks. A smooth player who helped lead Newton to second in Class 5A, she surprised opponents with her power.
Maize South junior
Larson, a setter/hitter who has made an oral commitment to play at Oklahoma, was the Mavericks’ go-to player. A two-time All-Metro selection, she hit outside and had 606 kills and 169 blocks. But she also was a strong passer (157 digs) and at setter (277 assists). She had 75 aces.
Valley Center senior
Otte, a setter who is a three-time All-Metro selection, is quick to get to an errant pass and turn it into a set the Hornets’ hitters could kill. She had a wide range of sets, allowing the hitters a variety of hits to look for to throw off defenses. Otte, who had 1,271 assists and 101 kills, helped lead Valley Center to third in Class 5A.
Whitten, an outside hitter, is a three-time All-Metro selection. Opponents knew they had to stop her, but rarely were they successful. She had 676 kills and 83 aces — and proved herself a well-rounded player with 386 digs as she led Heights to a tie for second in the City League.
Rose Hill junior
Bradley, a libero, is a versatile presence in the back row. She had 330 digs, averaging 7.6 per match and a serve receive of 2.30. Her versatility was most evident in her passing with the ability to not only give a perfect pass but use her hands for an overhead pass or hit from the back row. She quickly found hitters’ tendencies.
Dibbens had a young team this season, but she coached Newton to a 41-5 record and second place in Class 5A. Dibbens, who has coached the Railers for six seasons, is 215-48.