Prep Volleyball

Prep volleyball 2018: Area players to watch

Among the returners is Linn-Mar's Megan Renner, 2017 Gazette area player of the year

Linn-Mar’s Megan Renner (6) dives for a ball last season. Renner was the Gazette-area player of the year and a Class 5A first-team all-stater after leading the Lions to a 31-11 record and a Class 5A state-semifinal bid last year. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Linn-Mar’s Megan Renner (6) dives for a ball last season. Renner was the Gazette-area player of the year and a Class 5A first-team all-stater after leading the Lions to a 31-11 record and a Class 5A state-semifinal bid last year. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

Top returning area volleyball players:

L Macy Akers, sr., West Liberty — Averaged 6.41 digs per set (7th in the state, 2nd in 3A) last season. Class 3A 3rd-team all-state.

S Maddy Baxter, 5-8, sr., Cedar Rapids Jefferson — Averaged 9.60 assists and 0.51 blocks per set and posted a .626 kill efficiency last season. Class 5A 2nd-team all-state.

OH/S Sommer Daniel, 5-9, jr., Tipton — Averaged 4.07 kills, 4.22 assists and 2.58 digs per set with a 2.98 kill efficiency last season. Class 3A 2nd-team all-state.

MH Claire Demmer, sr., West Delaware — Averaged 2.57 kills and 0.49 blocks per set with a .411 kill efficiency last season. Class 3A 3rd-team all-state.

L Kaylee Donner, 5-6, sr., Cedar Rapids Jefferson — Averaged 4.83 digs per set last season. Class 5A honorable-mention all-state.

MH Hayley Goedken, 5-6, sr., Starmont — Averaged 3.52 kills and 4.56 digs per set with a .438 kill efficiency last season. Class 1A 3rd-team all-state.

MH Katie Kopriva, 6-0, jr., North Tama — Averaged 4.71 kills (5th in 1A) and 2.29 digs per set with a .320 kill efficiency last season. Class 1A 2nd-team all-state.

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OH Madison Larson, 6-0, sr., Independence — Averaged 4.17 kills and 0.52 blocks per set with a .430 kill efficiency. Class 4A 1st-team all-state.

MH Rory Light, sr., Mount Vernon — Averaged 3.14 kills and 1.00 blocks per set with a .365 kill efficiency last season. Class 3A 2nd-team all-state.

MH Kenzie Mantz, 6-2, sr., Belle Plaine — Averaged 5.75 kills and 0.60 aces per set (2nd in the state) with a .352 kill efficiency last season. Class 2A 3rd-team all-state.

S Megan Renner, 6-2, sr., Linn-Mar — Averaged 1.45 kills, 7.87 assists and 0.80 blocks per set with a .314 kill efficiency last season. Class 5A 1st-team all-state and Gazette-area player of the year.

S Sydney Steffen, 5-6, sr., Dyersville Beckman — Averaged 7.84 assists per set and posted a .351 kill efficiency last season. Class 3A 3rd-team all-state.

OH Belle Weber, soph., Union Community — Averaged 4.14 kills per set with a .300 kill efficiency last season. Class 3A 3rd-team all-state.

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