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Prep volleyball: All-Tribune Team

Published December 24, 2014 12:24 pm
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Riley  Lyman

Enterprise | Senior | Middle blocker

It's fair to say that the athletic Lyman could have played anywhere on the court. For opponents of the Wolves, it often seemed that she did.

The 6-foot Lyman put up sometimes-astonishing numbers as Enterprise rolled to the Class 2A championship.

Her 17 kills in the championship match victory over Delta pushed Lyman's year-end total to 513 kills. She topped 20 kills in a single match nine times during the season.

Lyman will join older sister Tressa, the Big Sky MVP in 2014, at Idaho State next year.

"She carried a heavy load for us," said Enterprise coach Brian Phelps. "She has tremendous hands. She could play setter or even libero in college."

Bailey   Nixon

Pleasant Grove | Junior | Strongside hitter

Nixon moved into the role of lead attacker for the Vikings as Pleasant Grove won a third straight Class 5A state championship. The 6-foot-1 hitter spearheaded the Vikes' offense with both power and the ability to hit kill shots at acute angles. Averaging four kills a set, Nixon racked up 311 putaways over the 2014 campaign and led Pleasant Grove with a dozen in the state championship victory over Lehi.

When she moved away from the net, Nixon was more than just a little effective as a server. She was good for an average of one ace for every set, as her year-end total was at 75.

"She did a fabulous job," Vikings coach Allyce Jones said. "She's a very mentally strong athlete, and that made her game very successful."

Emily  Lewis

Lone Peak | Senior | Strongside hitter

Opponents could be forgiven for breathing a sigh of relief when Lewis rotated to the back row.

Standing 6-foot-4, and possessing a powerful shot to match her stature, Lewis was the go-to hitter throughout 2014 for the Knights.

Even while not at the net, she was a threat to try back-row kills several times during a typical match. For the season, the Lone Peak senior finished with 325 kills.

When needed, Lewis was moved over to the right side, where her imposing block could be used against foes' best hitters. That hearkened to when she was a starter as a sophomore on the opposite side and may be a harbinger of things to come when she goes to BYU.

"She's really a dynamic leader that her peers look to follow," Lone Peak coach Deanna Meyer said.

Shannon  Sorensen

Sky View | Senior | Opposite hitter

Sorensen's development as a right-side presence — one of the few in the state that was a major attack weapon — dated to before her sophomore year. Sorensen suffered a broken arm, and Bobcats coach Malayna Knowles decided to ease her back into playing time by moving her to the opposite side. That worked out nicely for Sky View, which advanced to the Class 4A championship game in each of the next three years.

Sorensen finished with 225 kills on the season — rare production from the right side.

"She was definitely an important part of our offense," Knowles said.

Her 6-foot-2 presence was also a huge factor defensively. In a category dominated by middle hitters, Sorensen finished seventh in the state in blocks, with 86 overall.

Sydney  White

Lehi | Junior | Libero

When the Pioneers pushed for a Class 5A championship, making it as far as the title game, there was definitely no leaky defense with White flashing to the ball for digs in critical situations. As is often the case with defensive specialists, the 5-foot-5 White isn't tall. But what is special about the junior is how athletic she is. White was the ace pitcher for Lehi when the softball team captured the Class 5A state title last May.

She finished the year with 255 digs and 32 service aces.

"She can do that because she's such a good athlete," Lehi coach Jami Ingersoll said of White's ability to excel on the court. "She's got really good leadership qualities, she's really aggressive and is just a really good athlete. She gets to the ball."

Jeni  Biggs

Pleasant Grove | Junior | Setter

As a sophomore last year, Biggs got her foot in the door during Pleasant Grove's 2013 championship season through her serving and defense.

When 2014 began, Biggs was thrust into a much more important role. And, as the team's setter, the junior thrived in putting the Vikings' offense through its paces.

"She worked her butt off in the summer," Pleasant Grove coach Allyce Jones recalled. "She's got a positive attitude, she's really quick, and her defense was awesome."

The former strengths of Biggs' game were in place, as she racked up 56 service aces and totaled 154 digs. But her primary contribution was in topping the 800-mark in assists, as the Vikes smoothly transitioned to their new setter and won a third straight 5A state title.






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