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Volleyball 2016: Area players to watch

Marion's Isabella Sade, Mount Vernon's Libby Ryan are returning 1st-team all-staters

Marion’s Isabella Sade (left) hits against Charles City at the 2014 state volleyball tournament. A University of Omaha recruit, Sade was a first-team Class 4A all-stater last season. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Marion’s Isabella Sade (left) hits against Charles City at the 2014 state volleyball tournament. A University of Omaha recruit, Sade was a first-team Class 4A all-stater last season. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Area players to watch for the 2016 volleyball season:

MEGAN HUDSON, sr., Union — Averaged 4.45 kills, 2.11 digs and 0.76 digs per set. Posted a .255 kill efficiency. Class 3A 2nd-team all-state.

KENZIE MANTZ, soph., Belle Plaine — Averaged 3.59 kills and 0.85 blocks per set. Posted a .309 kill efficiency. Class 1A 3rd-team all-state.

KAITLIN NIEDERT, sr., Independence — Averaged 3.29 kills, 2.96 digs and 0.70 aces per set. Posted a .207 kill efficiency. Class 4A honorable-mention all-state.

PEYTON PARKER, sr., Union — Averaged 3.47 kills and 3.15 assists per set. Posted a .229 kill efficiency. Class 3A honorable-mention all-state.

LIBBY RYAN, sr., Mount Vernon — Averaged 5.10 digs and 0.63 aces per set. Class 3A 1st-team all-state.

ISABELLA SADE, sr., Marion — Averaged 3.04 kills and 1.04 kills per set. Posted a .393 kill efficiency. Class 4A 1st-team all-state

CAITLYN SMITH, jr., Marion — Averaged 9.34 assists per set. Served 98.7 percent. Class 4A honorable-mention all-state.

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ALI TAUCHEN, sr., Iowa City West — Averaged 2.46 kills and 0.77 blocks per set. Posted a .280 kill efficiency. Class 5A honorable-mention all-state.

WYNNE VANDERSALL, sr., Mount Vernon — Averaged 2.68 kills and 3.99 digs per set. Posted a .272 kill efficiency and served 95.7 percent. Class 3A honorable-mention all-state.

KAITLYN VOLESKY, sr., Mount Vernon — Averaged 2.46 kills per set. Posted a .297 kill efficiency. Class 3A 2nd-team all-state.

ABIGAIL WEIDEMAN, jr., Center Point-Urbana — Averaged 3.41 kills and 2.62 digs per set. Posted a .241 kill efficiency. Class 3A honorable-mention all-state.

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