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All-region honors: Trio of Marquette County schools earn volleyball awards, Redettes also lauded for academics

Marquette is all smiles after it won an MHSAA Division 1 district tournament match against Petoskey at the Northmen gym on Nov. 6. (Photo courtesy Ann Crandell-Williams)

MARQUETTE — Several players from three Marquette County teams recently received all-region honors from the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association.

Marquette led the way with four honorees in MHSAA Division 1, including sophomore outside hitter Seiler Hruska on the MIVCA all-state honorable mention team. She and three teammates were named all-region — senior setter Maiya King, senior outside hitter Aspen Michelin, sophomore outside hitter Seiler Hruska and sophomore middle hitter Maria Millado.

In addition, Redettes coach Ann Crandell-Williams was named top regional coach in Division 1.

Gwinn had three players, all seniors, named all-region in Division 3 — outside hitter Emily Curtice, setter Marissa Delmont and right-side hitter Megan Ruokolainen.

And Negaunee had two honorees, also both seniors, earning all-region in Division 3 — middle hitters Chloe Norman and Abbie Tollefson.

Players from six other Upper Peninsula schools — Kingsford, Houghton, Calumet, Lake Linden-Hubbell, Forest Park and Bessemer — also earned all-region honors, led by the Copper Kings with four in Division 3.

Marquette also received Team Academic All-State honors from the MIVCA after accumulating a team grade-point average of 3.91.

Four Redette seniors earned Individual Academic All-State laurels for maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.70 or higher throughout their high school years. They are Michelin, middle blocker Loryn Burnette, outside-right side hitter Emilee Gooch and libero-defensive specialist Tellena Nystrom.

Crandell-Williams also provided end-of-the-season statistics for her Marquette team that finished with a record of 40-5-3.

Hruska collected 552 kills, nearly half the Redettes’ total of 1,148. She had the team’s highest attack percentage at .367, with Michelin close behind with .363 and Millado at .338. The latter two were also the other two MSHS players with more than 100 kills.

Hruska also led the Redettes with 98 service aces and 300 digs, while Millado had a team-high 104 blocks and was second with 292 digs. King had 930 set assists.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.