Iowa player of the year
Ava Schubert, Assumption
Signed to continue her volleyball career at Division I Tennessee Tech University, Schubert powered Assumption to a 33-7 record and its first state championship in program history.
The 6-foot right-side hitter averaged 3.5 kills and two digs per set and hit at a .305 efficiency for the season. She also was Assumption’s leader in service aces with 65. Schubert was named the MAC player of the year for a second time in her career, selected to the Iowa Girls Coaches Association’s nine-player Elite Team and was captain of the all-tournament team at state.
Schubert, who had a season-high 22 kills in a state quarterfinal win over Osage, closed her career with a school-record 1,433 kills along with 885 digs, 241 aces and 208 blocks.
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Illinois player of the year
Megan DePoorter, Moline
Off to play volleyball at Division I Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, DePoorter was the catalyst in the back row for a Moline program which has won 34 straight Western Big 6 Conference matches. Named the conference’s most valuable player, the 5-foot-5 libero accumulated a team-high 487 digs and unleashed 40 service aces. “She has such a good mind and is so intelligent about the game,” Moline coach Jenna Laxton said.
DePoorter, a member of the Iowa Select program which captured a national championship last summer, led the Maroons to a second straight Big 6 crown and a Class 4A regional championship. She helped Moline advance to a sectional final for the first time since 2005.
Name, School; Height; Year; Position; Noteworthy
Chloe Cline, Pleasant Valley; 6-1; Sr.; Middle hitter; Evansville signee is an AVCA second team all-American, IGCA Class 5A first team all-stater, all-district and all-MAC. She averaged 2.8 kills per set to go along with 71 blocks and 36 aces.
Megan DePoorter, Moline; 5-5; Sr.; Libero; Big 6 Conference MVP and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville recruit was among top five in Class 4A with 487 digs for a Sweet 16 team which won 26 matches and was unbeaten in league play.
Abbey Hayes, North Scott;6-0;So.;Outside hitter;In her first varsity season, she was an IGCA Class 4A first team all-stater, all-tournament at state, all-district and all-MAC. She registered a team-best 3.8 kills and 2 digs per set.
Kayla Rice, Rock Island; 5-6; Sr.; Outside hitter; Recorded a team-high 263 kills to charge the Rocks to their second straight regional title. The first team all-WB6 member also tallied 193 digs, 38 aces and 13 blocks and played all six rotations.
Siena Roethler, Pleasant Valley; 5-10; Sr.; Setter; IGCA Class 5A second team all-stater and first team all-MAC selection piloted PV to a state runner-up finish. She averaged 9.6 assists and 2.2 digs per set along with 45 blocks and 28 aces.
Ava Schubert, Assumption;6-0;Sr.;Right side hitter;MAC player of year was IGCA All-State Elite Team selection and captain of Class 3A all-tournament team. She paced the Knights in kills and aces, was second in digs and third in blocks.
Sam Veto, Moline; 5-11; Sr.; Middle hitter; Selected first team all-WB6 after compiling a team-high 76 blocks and adding 178 kills for the league champions. She patrolled the middle for a team which reached the Class 4A sectional final.
Halle Vice, Pleasant Valley;6-1;Sr.;Outside hitter;Marquette University basketball signee was IGCA Class 5A first team all-stater, first team all-district and all-MAC. She compiled a team-best 2.9 kills per set along with 2.5 digs and 32 aces.
Name; School; Height; Year; Position; Noteworthy
Caylee Brandes, Moline; 5-10; Sr.; Outside hitter; First team all-WB6 member for second straight season after leading the Maroons with 262 kills. She also added 55 blocks and 39 aces.
Carley Bredar, North Scott; 5-4; Sr.; Libero; Second team all-MAC performer was catalyst in the back row for a state semifinal team, averaging 3.6 digs per set. She also served at a 95% clip.
Mari Churchill, Rock Island; 5-4; Jr.; Setter; First team all-WB6 member collected a team-high 402 assists along with tallying 27 aces and 155 digs as Rocks won a regional title.
Ava Harris-Shepard, Assumption;5-10;Sr.;Middle hitter;First team all-MAC choice was second in league with 90 blocks and averaged 2 kills per set while hitting at a .367 clip.
Makayla Howard, Clinton; 5-9; Sr.; Outside hitter; First team all-MAC, all-district and 4A honorable mention all-state, she averaged 4 kills and 3.2 digs per set along with 36 aces.
Ellie Schubert, Assumption;5-9;So.;Setter;IGCA Class 3A second team all-stater averaged 10.2 assists and 1.7 digs per set. Recorded a 3A state-tourney record 63 assists in quarterfinals.
Izzy Van De Wiele, Pleasant Valley; 6-5; Sr.; Middle hitter; Western Kentucky recruit led MAC with 99 blocks. She had 25 kills and 18 blocks in three matches at the 5A state tourney.
Aubrey VanKerrebroeck, Geneseo; 6-0; Sr.; Outside hitter; First team all-WB6 member tallied 123 kills and 35 blocks. Had a team-high five kills in the Maple Leafs’ regional semifinal.
Everyone: Clair Hulke, Jr.; Iris Reynolds, Sr.
Assumption: Ellah Derrer, fr.; Dru Dorsey, so.; Maggie Johnson, Jr.; Izzy Krogman, sr.
Bettendorf: Chloe Bell, sr.; Ellie Erpelding, sr.; Lillie Petersen, senior; Olivia Wiley, sr.
Central DeWitt: Mia Braddock, sr.; Isabelle Pierce, Jr.
Clinton: Ashytn Dohrn, sr.; Amelia Tubbs, Jr.; Rylee Wisor, sr.
Davenport Central: Jillian Darland, jr.; Addyson Miguel, fr.; Stella Smith, so.
Davenport North: Addison Miller, jr.; Zelly Muhammad, so.
Davenport West: Halee Clare, sr.; Alexandria Petersen, sr.
Geneseo: Alysia Perez, Jr.; Lizzie Rapps, Fr.
Moline: Maddie Determan, so; Ayla Jenkins, Jr.; Darien Sanders, Sr.
Muscatine: Hannah Jansen, jr.; Brylee Seaman, Jr.; Avery Schroeder, Jr.
North Scott: Kaci Johnson, Jr.; Nora Ralfs, jr.; Emma Schermerhorn, Jr.; Sydney Skarich, Jr.
Pleasant Valley: Molly Albrecht, Jr.; Emily Goodpaster, Sr.
Rock Island: Addie Bomelyn, jr.; Sienna Mikaio, sr.
United Township: Ella Harris, sr.; Lillian Severtsgaard, jr.