Make no mistake: The net was their primary domain.
But the trio standing atop the western Iowa volleyball pyramid today felt right at home anywhere on the court.
For not only their front-row dominance but their back-row contributions, Harlan Community sophomore Jess Schaben (Class 5-A/4-A/3-A), Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto senior Meagan Kerns (Class 2-A) and Stanton junior Carmen Subbert (Class 1-A) are the honorary captains of The World-Herald's All-Western Iowa volleyball teams.
The newspaper selected six-player first and second teams in the three divisions.
The 6-foot-2 Schaben already is drawing attention from many Division I schools. She led the 32-6 Cyclones back to state, where they dropped a Class 4-A opener to Solon. Schaben finished second in 4-A with 4.23 kills per set while hitting a sparkling .413. Schaben notched 38 aces and also expanded her game to the back row this season, where she was third on the team with 246 digs.
Kerns will continue her career at Division I Missouri-Kansas City after a tremendous career at MVAO, which finished 29-7. The 5-11 standout was fourth in 2-A with 4.78 kills per set on .410 kill efficiency. She also shared the team lead with 45 aces and registered 1.27 blocks per set and 137 digs.
Stanton made a repeat state appearance in 1-A, thanks in large part to Subbert. Among 1-A players with at least 100 kills, Subbert was second in kill efficiency at .479, pounding out 3.54 per set. Subbert also steadied the back row for the 34-3 Viqueens, leading the team with 240 digs.
Subbert becomes a three-time All-WI performer, marking her second year on the first team after garnering second-team laurels as a freshman. Schaben and Kerns are joined as repeat first-team selections by Subbert's teammate at Stanton, senior Rachel Sorensen.
Six other WI athletes are repeat selections to the first team in their respective divisions: Sioux City Heelan senior Megan McCarthy and Clarinda junior Darcy Sunderman in 5-A/4-A/3-A; Treynor senior Emma Fiene, Council Bluffs St. Albert senior Nevada Meis and Carroll Kuemper junior Morgan Naberhaus in 2-A; and Bedford senior Kayla Lindenmeyer in 1-A.
Four more become two-time All-Western Iowa performers: Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln senior Lauren Meeker in 5-A/4-A/3-A; along with IKM-Manning senior Kaylee Blake, Tri-Center senior Shelby Sullivan and St. Albert senior Katie Kuck in 2-A.
The All-Western Iowa selections are based on nomination ballots returned by coaches and a look at statistical information, along with observations made by World-Herald staff writers.
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