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2014 All-Area Volleyball Team

First team

DodsonChaise14cChaise Dodson, Sugar-Salem junior setter


THE PLAYER: Versatility was the strong point for Dodson, who returned to the Diggers’ lineup after an ACL tear sidelined her last year. Cami Dodson, Chaise’s mother and coach, said watching from the bench last season helped Chaise learn to pick apart defenses. Studying the game paid off, as Dodson accumulated 221 kills, 59 blocks, 415 digs, 908 assists and 45 aces to help the Diggers win the 3A state third-place trophy for the second consecutive year.

ABOUT DODSON: “As far as a setter, she’s very deceptive, very strong. Not only is she a great setter, she’s a super attacker. She has an outstanding serve and is a great blocker.” — North Fremont coach LeAnna Trosen.

|Hannah Hanson, Shelley junior libero

THE PLAYER: A three-sport athlete, Hanson excelled on the volleyball court in a 34-8 season for the Russets. Hanson was the rock of Shelley’s defense, and the speed that contributed to standout performances in the 400 meters and three relays this past spring in track became her trademark as libero. Hanson finished the fall with a 2.27 passing rate (out of 3.0) and is one of eight juniors who will be back for Shelley next year.

ABOUT HANSON: “She really made our defense. She digs a lot of things most people can’t get to.” — Shelley coach Dave Cousin.


Haylie Keck, Bonneville junior outside hitter

THE PLAYER: Keck continued to be the total package for the Bees. The three-year starter piled up more impressive numbers this fall: 518 kills, 358 digs, 70 aces and a 2.4 passing rate (out of 3.0). The junior who plays for Pocatello Elite in her offseasons is also closing in on Bonneville program records with 1,262 career kills (third all-time), 193 career aces (third all-time) and 983 career digs (fifth all-time).

ABOUT KECK: “She’s a powerhouse. She hit from front row, back row. She serves amazing. Her defense is impeccable.” — Sugar-Salem coach Cami Dodson.

NelsonBailey14cBailey Nelson, Firth senior outside hitter


THE PLAYER: The highly recruited Nelson remained Firth’s go-to player in its run to a third consecutive district championship and 2A state title game appearance, compiling a team-best 133 kills, 63 digs and 11 blocks through the Cougars’ six matches at this year’s 2A state tournament. A three-sport athlete for Firth and a member of Pocatello Elite in her offseasons, Nelson signed her letter of intent to play volleyball for Oregon Tech in November.

ABOUT NELSON: “She’s just a great all-around volleyball player. I just love her intensity and her competitiveness.” — North Fremont coach LeAnna Trosen.

|Taylor Sutton, Idaho Falls senior middle blocker


THE PLAYER: One of I.F.’s captains along with fellow senior Bailee Mills, Sutton was a dependable member of the Tigers 33-9 5A state championship team. Sutton compiled 294 kills, 60 blocks, 10 assists and 27 digs in her final varsity season and came into her own in the state tournament with a stellar effort in the fourth set against Vallivue to end day one and in both matches against Coeur d’Alene on day two.

ABOUT SUTTON: “She worked really well and was fairly consistent. Off the court, I think you could see she was very supportive and connected with her team.” — Skyline coach Ceanna Larson.

ThompsonAlexis14cAlexis Thompson, Shelley sophomore middle blocker


THE PLAYER: The youngest — but tallest — member of the Russets 3A state runner-up team was easily spotted during warm ups and not soon forgotten after a match. The 6-foot-3 Thompson backed up an impressive offseason on Pocatello Elite with a statement varsity debut, compiling 397 kills and 184 blocks. Already drawing college interest, area coaches predict Thompson will be a force to be reckoned with the next two years.

ABOUT THOMPSON: “She’s just maturing into a really great player. She’s giving herself a lot of options with hitting. She played phenomenal at the state tournament.” — Sugar-Salem coach Cami Dodson.

Second team

Bailey Klingler, Madison, senior outside hitter: A solid hitter who contributed to three consecutive postseason runs for Madison, Klingler was a huge part of the Bobcats’ passing and defense as a senior.

Kaydre Thompson, Idaho Falls, junior middle blocker: Thompson formed one of the area’s strongest blocking duos with teammate Taylor Sutton, compiling 239 kills, 91 blocks, 50 digs, 10 aces and nine assists.

Cassidy Sellers, Madison, senior right side hitter: One of the Bobcats’s six seniors, the 6-foot-3 lefty was always an imposing presence on the court with her powerful hitting and blocking.

Maddy Reeb, Idaho Falls, sophomore setter: One of two sophomores on I.F.’s varsity, Reeb made an immediate impact as the Tigers’ new setter with 1,146 assists, 257 digs, 48 aces and 34 kills.

Brielle Sheppeard, Challis, senior outside hitter: The Vikings’ lone senior left her mark in her final varsity season with a Challis program record 680 kills (25 per match) and 422 digs (16 per match) this fall.

Madison Johnson, Idaho Falls, junior libero: Johnson made her I.F. varsity debut with 415 digs, 53 assists and seven assists thanks to her ability to read hitters.

Honorable mention

Bailee Mills, Idaho Falls, senior outside hitter; Myah Gillespie, Shelley, senior right side hitter; Abby Allen, Sugar-Salem, junior libero; Cheyan James, Mackay, senior middle blocker; Abby Chapple, Shelley, senior setter; Hannah Shippen, Rigby, senior middle blocker; Bailee Burgess, Salmon, junior setter; Sam Waite, Shelley, junior outside hitter; Carly Knudson, Salmon, senior middle blocker; Katie Harrigfeld, North Fremont, senior setter; Sabrina Baldwin, Hillcrest, senior middle blocker; Kallie Brown, Shelley, junior setter; Macady Boyce, Rigby, junior setter; Dani Weaver, Madison, freshman libero

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