Creston volleyball celebrated an improved record and the careers of three seniors at Sunday’s season end banquet in the Creston Community High School Commons.
The Panthers improved from 8-17 in 2016 to 10-15 this season, and went 3-7 in the Hawkeye 10.
“It was a great season. We had a lot of fun working with you throughout the season,” co-coach Malory Peterson said. “A lot of things went well for us. Lots of positives did come from this season and we’ll keep it moving forward.”
Peterson was in her first season as co-head coach with Naomi Sharpe.
The Panthers found a winning formula early in the season, winning five matches early at the Shenandoah tournament.
Creston won conference matches against Denison-Schleswig, Atlantic and Glenwood and fought fiercely in matches toward the end of the season at Harlan and in an opening round postseason loss to Shenandoah.
Conference play was again, a tough task throughout. Three Hawkeye 10 teams made the state semifinals (Kuemper Catholic, Lewis Central and St. Albert) and four (also including Red Oak) qualified for state.
The senior leadership of Cayla Maitlen, Breanna Wallace and Taylor Frederickson helped lead the way, each of whom saw extensive varsity time and garnered Hawkeye 10 all-academic honors while doing so.
“Great group of seniors,” Peterson said. “Great leadership on and off the court. Thanks to the seniors this year.”
The Panthers played players from every class, and received consistent contributions from all, freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors alike.
Awards and accolades
All-Hawkeye 10 — Honorable Mention: Cayla Maitlen, MaKenna Hudson.
Varsity letterwinners — Seniors: Cayla Maitlen (3), Breanna Wallace (3), Taylor Frederickson (2) Juniors: Megan Haley (3), Taylor Buxton (2), Bree Ross (1), Saige Rice (1). Sophomores: MaKenna Hudson (2), Freshmen: Kelsey Fields (1), Sam Dunphy (1).
Manager — Paige Busch.
Hawkeye 10 all-academic — Frederickson, Maitlen, Wallace.
Kills — Maitlen 249
Blocks — Haley 39
Digs — Hudson 294
Assists — Ross 521
Aces — Maitlen 35
Serve percentage — Hudson .975 (231-236)
Teammate award — Kaci Abildtrup (Freshmen), Emma Hanson (JV), Frederickson (Varsity).
Hustle & Grit award — Heylee Shields (freshmen), Peyton Rice (JV), Hudson (Varsity).