Sibley East volleyball players Erin Evans and Ashley Martens were recently honored by the Minnesota River Conference (MRC).
Evans, a junior setter for the Lady Wolverines, was one of 14 players named to the All-Conference team. Martens, a senior, received honorable mention.
It was a breakout season for Evans who proved to be one of Sibley East’s most consistent players. She is also on pace to become the school record holder for set assists.
According to Sibley East head coach Chip Wolverton, Evans moved into second place in school history with 1,120 career set assists. She had more than 600 assists during the 2008 campaign, Wolverton reported. Tricia Uecker (2000-2002) holds the school record with 1,661 set assists.
Setting isn’t Evans’ only contribution to Sibley East’s offensive attack. Coach Wolverton said she also has the ability to use her left hand as an attacking weapon. Evans tallied 32 kills for the Wolverines this season.
Defense was also a strength for Evans who charted 76 digs.
“Erin uses her great athletic ability to get to passes wherever they are on the court,” coach Wolverton said. “She served as a co-captain this season and is well respected by all her teammates as a vocal and emotional leader.”
Evans, a two year starter for the Sibley East volleyballers, is now gearing up for the basketball season. She is the daughter of Kari Evans of Gaylord.
Ashley Martens capped a spectacular high school volleyball career by being among team leaders in several statistical categories this season.
Coach Wolverton said Martens has been the team’s co-captain and most important all-around player for the past two seasons. She is in each of Sibley East’s six serve rotations, and led the team in serve receive throughout much of the 2008 campaign, Wolverton explained.
Defensively, Martens finished the season with 220 digs. She had nearly 500 digs in her career.
On offense, Martens was second on the team with 163 kills. She was also an above 90% server with nearly 10% of her serves going for aces.
Like Evans, Martens is now preparing for the Sibley East basketball season. She is the daughter of Lori Martens and Kevin Martens.
Sharing “Most Valuable Player” honors in the MRC are Jordan’s Brittany Chambers and Belle Plaine’s Chelsea Fogarty.
Chambers, a standout spiker for the Jaguars, led her team to a second state championship in three seasons. The senior holds both individual season and career records at Jordan in areas of kills, ace serves, digs and serve receive.
Chambers was a varsity volleyballer for five seasons.
Fogarty has also been a five year volleyball starter. This is the senior’s fourth season on the all-conference team.
An all-state selection, Fogarty surpassed the 2,000 career kill mark this season.
Jordan’s Colleen Chambers was named the “Coach of the Year” in the MRC. Chambers led the Jaguars to another conference championship. Jordan went on to win its third Class AA state championship in three seasons.
Erin Evans – Sibley East
Chelsea Fogarty – Belle Plaine
Sam Johnson – Belle Plaine
Megan Kuntuzos – Holy Family
Brittany Chambers – Jordan
Leah Dietel – Jordan
Michelle O’Malley – Jordan
Emilee Gutzmer – Jordan
Brianne Berger – Le Sueur-Hend.
Shelly Blaschko – Le Sueur-Hend.
Kaitlyn Braun – Le Sueur-Hend.
Allie Struble – Mayer Lutheran
Dana Vosejpka – Monty-Lonsdale
Mackenzie Wolter – Norwood YA
Ashley Martens – Sibley East
Katie Otto – Belle Plaine
Kenzie Healy – Holy Family
Kelsey Chambers – Jordan
Morgan Meger – Le Sueur-Hend.
Emily Schrupp – Mayer Lutheran
Jillian Turek – Monty-Lonsdale
Megan Shanahan – Norwood YA