Area volleyball players chosen all-staters
Four area volleyball players earned more honors to go with the all-conference and all-Daily Democrat recogntion they’ve received already.
Ali Randolph and Emily Box of Holy Trinity Catholic High School were named to the Class 1A first-team all-state team by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Wednesday.
Mya Lawlor of HTC received honorable mention.
Fort Madison High School’s Amber Dilsaver made honorable mention all-state for Class 4A.
Randolph is the only senior of that quartet. Dilsaver is a junior and Box and Lawlor are sophomores.
Randolph earned all-state honors last year, but this was a first for the younger Crusaders.
“I think it’s an amazing accomplishment,” Box said, “especially since I’m so young. I didn’t think I’d get this.
“All my hard work has paid off, and I’m really happy.”
HTC boasts all-staters annually.
HTC coach Melissa Freesmeier said, “It says a lot for our program. It’s a great honor to have two kids on that first team.”
But Freesmeier always preaches the team concept and importance of everyone on the squad.
“Besides Ali and Emily working hard to get where they’re at, it was the players they played with day in and day that got them there,” Freesmeier said.
Lawlor’s honor puts her in the top 40 of Class 1A.
“It’s a great accomplishment for her and these kids,” Freesmeier said.
FMHS coach Jill Stull said, “I’m happy for Amber. Volleyball’s a love of hers. It’s a passion.”
But Dilsaver also has proven valuable in another area.
“She’s a leader,” Stull said. “She just naturally became a leader because of her talent.”
Dilsaver led the Bloodhounds in blocks, kills and kill efficiency.
“I feel honored,” Dilsaver said, “and if it wasn’t for my teammates I couldn’t be anywhere I am today.”
The Bloodhounds won the Southeast Conference title, but Dilsaver said the team can do better.
“We had other achievements we didn’t achieve,” she said.
“I’m excited about going into this upcoming season,” Dilsaver said of 2017. She’s one of six juniors returning for their senior season.