The Lady Bulldogs volleyball team completed its season with an awards potluck on Tuesday, November 19. Awards were given based on team members’ votes, coaches’ selections, and statistics compiled from the season.
Two new awards were presented to all three teams – the C team, Junior Varsity, and Varsity. The first was the Maroon and Gold award. This award was given to the person who consistently was the hardest worker during practice. The athlete exemplified a strong work ethic and positive attitude. Winners were recognized for rarely, if ever, missing practice and their effort at each practice. Recipients of the Maroon and Gold Award were: Camryn Wiese, C team; Taryn Dusky, JV; and Madi Thue, Varsity.
The Bulldog Award was the second new award. Winners demonstrated a love for the game of volleyball and for their teammates. The athlete chosen demonstrated high character on and off the court and a respect for their teammates, coaches, parents, and officials. The winners were Thea Varpness, C team; and JV, Siri Bien.
Seniors Jaecy Engebretson, Amy Nelson, Tracy Pillatzki, Elsie Rogers, and Cassidy Christians were recognized for their years on the team. They were each presented with a senior plaque.
J. Engebretson was named the most valuable player on the team. She was a team captain, the kill leader with 354 kills, and had the most aces on the team (37).
Nelson was named the Most Inspirational player. She was a team captain, the assist leader with 275 assists, and tied with Engebretson for the most aces on the team. Pillatzki was named the Hardest Worker. She was also a team captain and led the team in blocks with 18.
Rogers was one of three recipients named for Best Attitude. She was also a team captain. Christians received a Best Attitude award and was a team captain. She also had the highest serving percentage on the team — 268 of 280 for 96 percent. Hallie Schulte was the final recipient of a Best Attitude award. She was the dig leader with 491 digs and had the second highest serving percentage — 276 of 292 for 95 percent.
Additional awards were given to Siri Bien for Most Improved; Jessica Van Peursem and Shelby Lee for Positive and Supportive Teammate, and Hailey Underwood who served four years as the team manager.
Photos –Award Winners: Back – (l. to r.) Elsie Rogers, Tracy Pillatzki, Amy Nelson, Jaecy Engebretson, and Cassidy Christians. Front – Hallie Schulte, Jessica Van Peursem, Shelby Lee, Siri Bien, and Madi Thue.
Seniors: (l. to r.) Elsie Rogers, Tracy Pillatzki, Amy Nelson, Jaecy Engebretson, and Cassidy Christians.