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2013 All-Area Volleyball Team

First team

ÄKiarra Johnson, Idaho Falls senior setter

THE PLAYER: One of the youngest members of the 2011 state championship team along with fellow seniors Megan Poling, Madi Hillam and Braydn Bartschi, Johnson fulfilled a leadership role and excelled at setter for the second consecutive year. The senior had 1,007 assists, 297 digs, 73 kills and 48 aces in her final season as a Tiger, impressing area coaches with her all-around ability for the 5A state runners-up.

ABOUT JOHNSON: “She’s extremely athletic. Very, very intelligent. She could easily play at the D-I level. Honestly, I think she could play for Stanford or Nebraska.” — Shelley coach Dave Cousin

JohnsonMackenzie13CMackenzie Johnson, Bonneville senior libero

THE PLAYER: Johnson continued to set the standard for eastern Idaho liberos, landing her on the Post Register All-Area First Team for the second straight year. The bigger the game, the more opportunity Johnson had for her clutch digs and big saves. The four-year starter compiled 559 digs and 54 aces in 2013, and leaves Bonneville ranked second all-time with 1,549 digs and 168 aces in her career.

ABOUT JOHNSON: “Bonneville’s Mackenzie Johnson was the best. She reads the position well.” — Idaho Falls coach Wendy Johnson

KeckHaylie13CHaylie Keck, Bonneville sophomore outside hitter

THE PLAYER: After making herself known as a freshman last year, Keck had a breakout sophomore season. She led the 4A state runner-up Bees in every category, compiling 75 aces, 508 kills, a .397 hitting percentage and a passing rate of 2.3 (out of 3.0). With two more years of high school volleyball, Keck is on track to join teammates Mackenzie Johnson and Kylee Giles in Bonneville’s record books.

ABOUT KECK: “She passed the highest passing percentage we’ve ever had at Bonneville. She hit a .400 average this year, which is ridiculous as an outside hitter. Her defense got better this year. She got a lot better.” — Bonneville coach Chantal McMurtrey

ÄBailey Nelson, Firth junior outside hitter

THE PLAYER: Already a well-known athlete after a stellar sophomore season, Nelson received plenty of attention from area coaches of various classifications as a junior. Nelson compiled 404 kills (team best), 259 digs (team best) and 20 blocks to give firepower to Firth’s tall front line en route to a 29-5 season and the 2A state championship.

ABOUT NELSON: “Bailey Nelson was a power for their team. In our first meeting, they completely pounded the heck out of us. They’re a great team.” -Sugar-Salem coach Cami Dodson

SpratlingSierra13Sierra Spratling, Sugar-Salem senior right-side hitter

THE PLAYER: After a 2012 season riddled with injury, the Diggers returned healthy and with an experienced lineup featuring six seniors in 2013. A key contributor to Sugar-Salem’s strength was Spratling. Described by coaches of various classifications as one of the hardest hitters in the area, Spratling had 245 kills, 37 blocks and 32 aces for the 3A state third-place Diggers.

ABOUT SPRATLING: “Her play at the net was really excellent. I thought as a blocker, she was the best we ran into. She hit with pretty good power.” — Shelley coach Dave Cousin

ÄMadi Harris, Bonneville senior right-side hitter

THE PLAYER: Another talented senior for the 34-8 Bees, Harris tended to thrive in big games. The highlight of her season was when Bonneville handed Skyview its first loss to an Idaho team in a year in the 4A state semifinals, pounding down 18 kills and scoring the final two points to win the fifth set. Harris finished the season with 296 kills and 59 blocks.

ABOUT HARRIS: “Madi led us in kills against Skyview. She was 19 for 24. You never have a right side lead in kills. She was pretty unstoppable.” — Bonneville coach Chantal McMurtrey

Second team

Mikayla Kane, Hillcrest, senior setter: A four-year varsity member for Hillcrest, Kane was consistently strong for the Knights with her ability to play all around.

Maya Taylor, Idaho Falls, freshman outside hitter: Described by Skyline coach Tammy Sorensen as the most dominant freshman she has seen in a while, Taylor had 384 kills, 283 digs, 60 blocks and 46 aces in her first varsity season.

Cassidy Cook, Hillcrest, senior outside hitter: Along with younger sister Lindsay Cook, Cassidy Cook created quite the tandem for the Knights, often coming up with the game point or a crucial dig or block.

Madi Hillam, Idaho Falls, senior middle blocker: Just as strong defensively as she was offensively, Hillam wrapped up her final varsity season with 53 aces, 185 kills, 58 blocks and 99 digs.

Taylor Sutton, Idaho Falls, junior middle blocker: Sutton made an immediate impact in the position vacated by Marley Taylor, compiling 181 kills and 58 blocks in her first varsity season.

Cassidy Sellers, Madison, junior right side hitter: Often leading the Bobcats in kills and blocks, the 6-foot-3 Sellers was a major contributor to Madison’s second consecutive state tournament run.

Honorable mention

Felicia Nelson, Sugar-Salem, senior outside hitter; Morgan Johnson, Bonneville, senior setter; Braydn Bartschi, Idaho Falls, senior outside hitter; Mikayla Sobieski, Shelley, senior setter; Gabby Miller, Madison, senior libero; Dakota Marshall, North Fremont, senior outside hitter; Jordyn Park, Firth, senior setter; Nicole Breidenbach, Skyline, senior outside hitter; Jen Richards, Shelley, senior libero; Sarah Thomas, Mackay, senior middle blocker; Brielle Sheppeard, Challis, junior outside hitter;
Kayla Jensen, Firth, senior middle blocker; Allie Hawkes, Sugar-Salem, senior setter; Amy Johnson, Ririe, senior middle blocker

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