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The Sunland Area had one volleyball team make it to the state tournament in 2017.

For the second consecutive year, the Meridian Mustangs finished runner-up to Johnson-Brock in Class D1. Like last year, it was a four set state championship match and the Mustangs were a point away from forcing a fifth set.

In Kansas, the Hanover Wildcats were able to make it to the pool play round of state in Class 1A, but finished 1-2 in that pool, which ended their season.

The Sunland Area had several other teams finish with winning records, including Freeman, Diller-Odell, Tri County, HTRS and Norris.

The following is this year's All-Sunland Volleyball Team as chosen by the Beatrice Daily Sun sports editor

First Team

Hitter-- Rylee Pieper, Meridian

Rylee Pieper was Meridian's offensive leader during the team's second straight Class D1 runner-up finish. She finished with 328 kills and hit at a clip of 3.8 kills per set.

Hitter -- Halle Pribyl, Meridian

Halle Pribyl wasn't far behind her cousin Rylee Pieper in offensive statistics. She had 313 kills on the season and had 3.6 kills per set. She also led the team in ace serves with 76 and was second on the team in blocks.

Hitter -- Kayla Hayes, Freeman

Kayla Haynes was the leader of a Freeman team that finished 18-12. She finished her junior season with 402 kills, 106 digs, 27 blocks and 46 ace serves.

Hitter -- Kirsten Bures, Diller-Odell

Kirsten Bures stepped up to become the team leader for a Diller-Odell team that finished 19-12. She had 346 kills and averaged 4.3 kills per set. She was also second on the team in digs.

Setter -- Erin Johnson, Meridian

Erin Johnson once again ran the show for Meridian during the 31-3 season. She finished the season with 799 assists, averaging 9.3 assists per set. She also had 518 digs and 52 ace serves, both second best on the team.

Libero -- Jaicee Sobotka, Meridian

Jaicee Sobotka served as the libero for the Meridian volleyball team in 2017. She finished the season with a total of 533 digs, averaging 6.2 digs per set. She was also third on the team with 48 ace serves.

Second team

Hitter -- Ally Thavenet, Beatrice

Ally Thavenet was part of a nice one-two offensive punch for Beatrice in 2017. The junior had 239 kills and averaged three kills per set. She also led the team in ace serves with 31 and was third on the team in digs.

Hitter -- Devyn Burroughs, Beatrice

Devyn Burrough was the other part of Beatrice's one-two offensive punch. She had 231 kills on the season, averaging  2.9 kills per set. The sophomore helped lead Beatrice to a 14-17 record.

Hitter -- Ayesiah Deveaux, Norris

Ayesiah Deveaux helped lead Norris to a 22-13 record. She had 242 total kills on the season and averaged 2.8 per set. She was also third on the team in blocks with 36.

Hitter -- Nyah Chambers, Norris

Nyah Chambers was Norris second strongest offensive weapon. The junior had 226 kills on the season, averaging 2.4 per set. She was also second on the team in blocks with 46.

Hitter -- Macy Doebele, Hanover

Macy Doebele led the offense for the Hanover Wildcats in 2017. The team finished with a 16-6 record and Doebele earned First Team All-State honors in Class 1A

Setter -- Michaela Boon, Norris

Michaela Boon ran the office for a very successful Norris Titan team in 2017. She finished with 789 assists, averaging 8.2 assists per game. She also led the team with 49 ace serves and was second in digs with 259.

Honorable Mention: Beatrice: McKenzie Osborne, Haley Sexton; Norris: Maddy Ramsey, Molly Ramsey, Lauren Borer; Fairbury: Sara Huss, Jessa Eden, Izze Schwab; Wilber-Clatonia: Rylee Hayek; Freeman: Abby Mason, Lyndsey Ehmen, Emma Alberts; JCC: Alexis Graham; HTRS: Bre Reyes, Camille Svoboda; Pawnee City: Miranda Branek; Diller-Odell: Mackenzie Vitosh, Addison Heidemann; Tri County: Madison Freese Sterling: Colby Thies; Meridian: Hailey Schafer, Lauren DeLord, Josiee Sobotka; Marysville: Nicole Franco, Shalynn Brown, Erin Rombeck, Emma Peschel

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