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Marquette Redettes’ Seiler Hruska, Maria Millado claim top Great Northern Conference volleyball honors

Marquette's Seiler Hruska, top left, attacks from the back row in the third set of an MHSAA Division 1 high school volleyball district tournament match played against Alpena at the Barb Crill Gymnasium in Marquette on Nov. 2. Watching the play for the Redettes are, from left, Ashlee Blom, Katelyn Dunleavy, Taylor Marquardt and Maria Millado. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

MARQUETTE — Perfection translated into a sweep of the top honors for the Marquette Senior High School varsity volleyball team.

The Redettes, who posted an unblemished 7-0 mark in the Great Northern Conference, had a pair of juniors sweep the league Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards when the five-team group’s coaches met on Wednesday.

Outside hitter Seiler Hruska, who led MSHS in kills and other categories, too, in most of their matches, won the top player honor, while middle blocker-libero Maria Millado carted off the defensive player laurels as she often led her Redettes in those type of statistics.

In league matches, Hruska made 100 kills and just 21 errors in 207 total attack attempts, a sterling .382 attack percentage. She also had 32 service aces with just six errors and had 68 digs and a block. Her kills and aces were tops for the Redettes.

Millado had 55 kills and just four errors in 129 attack attempts for an even better .395 attack percentage. She also had 23 aces with just eight errors and by far the most blocks for Marquette with 39 to go with 72 digs, the last stat also leading MSHS.

Negaunee's Emilia Palomaki, center left, tips the ball over the outstretched arms of Marquette's Maria Millado in the first set of their high school volleyball match played at Marquette on Sept. 8. Watching for the Miners are Sierra Hendrickson, left, and Emily Gauthier. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

For the season in its seven GNC matches, Marquette lost just three sets in those contests. Marquette finished with a 15-3 overall record, losing only to Calumet twice in the regular season and to Traverse City West in their second match of the MHSAA Division 3 district tournament.

With travel restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Redettes didn’t have a chance to play schools their size from the Lower Peninsula and Wisconsin as they usually do.

Nevertheless, MSHS won all its games against the largest schools they could find, all within the GNC.

Joining Hruska and Millado on the honors list were four of their teammates.

Senior libero Celinda Brunswick earned First Team honors, while junior outside hitter-middle blocker Roxy Nelson along with junior setter-defensive specialist Katelyn Dunleavy made the Second Team.

Marquette's Maria Millado successfully digs a blocked shot off the net in the third set in a high school volleyball match played against Houghton and held at the Barb Crill Gymnasium in Marquette on Oct. 15. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

And senior right-side hitter Taylor Ragusett landed a spot on the GNC honorable mention list.

Brunswick had 63 digs, third on the team, along with 16 aces, four kills and seven set assists.

Nelson totaled 23 aces, tied for third for Marquette, along with 31 digs and 17 kills and six blocks, also third on the team.

Dunleavy as the set-up player had a majority of the Redettes’ set assists, 127 of the team’s 209, along with 41 digs, three aces, two kills and a block.

Ragusett accumulated 12 kills, six digs, two blocks and two aces.

Those half dozen players honored from Marquette were among 22 from the conference earning honors.

Here are the other GNC honorees, listed by school and with year and position where available:

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First Team — Kingsford: Katherine Erickson, sr., setter; and Christy Glodowski, sr., middle hitter. Escanaba: Bailey Barron, jr.; Nicole Kamin, sr., middle blocker; and Katelyn Stalboerger, soph.

Second Team — Kingsford: Talia Wallis, jr., left-side hitter-libero; and Grace Roberts, jr., left-side hitter-libero. Gladstone: Megan Crow, sr., middle blocker; and Amber King-Rabitoy, sr., setter.

Honorable mention — Kingsford: Emma Andrews, jr., libero. Menominee: Kayla Drifka, jr. Gladstone: Ahna Larson, sr., outside hitter; and Alissa Sanville, jr., setter-opposite-side hitter. Escanaba: Anna Smith, sr., outside hitter; Mari Bink, soph., setter-opposite-side hitter; and Carney Salo, soph., setter-opposite-side hitter.

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

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