As the 2018 volleyball season has come to a close, three senior volleyball players received conference awards.
There are three difference conference awards given out: first team all-conference, second team all-conference, and honorable mention. There are only seven first teams and second teams given out a year. There are only nine honorable mentions given out a year.
“I felt our season went really well, and we had a winning season,” said senior Margaret Roou.
That they did. This year the Tigers went 8-4 in conference and 22-11 overall, finishing second in the conference.
Roou received first team all-conference. Sophomore year Roou received first team all-conference and junior year received second team. She didn’t think about the awards on the court, though.
“I didn’t really think about it too much during the games, but I just made sure that I didn’t make too many errors during the games and played smart,” said Roou. “Just gave it my all every single game.”
Roou recorded 44 aces on the year, racked up 222 points from her serve, and lead the team in aces. Roou also had 480 digs this year and led the team on digs. Roou ranked 40 on the Wisconsin dig stat leaders.
Senior Abigail Ross was also one of the three receiving an award, Ross got second team all-conference.
“I was very honored to be able to get that award out of everyone in the conference,” said Ross. ”I know we had a strong conference this year.”
“Leading up to the award, I really tried and hustle after every ball and not ever give up on a play,” said Ross.
During the first game of conference, Ross suffered an armpit injury. Not too sure what the outcome would be, Ross pushed herself to be able to finish her senior season. By the end, she led the team with 480 assists.
Ross was one of two team captains this year.
Senior Samantha Blackdeer was the third person who made up the group that got a conference award.
Blackdeer received first team all-conference; last year she received second team all-conference.
“My goal was to get more kills than last year,” said Blackdeer.
That was definitely the case as she set her personal record of 322 kills on the year whereas the year before she had 213 kills.
Because of how many kills Blackdeer got this year, she was ranked top 100 for the state of Wisconsin for the number of kills within a year.
Blackdeer also tallied up 41 blocks on the year.
Blackdeer wanted to close out her high school volleyball career with some words of advice to help those who will still be playing volleyball in the following years.
“Best advice I could give would be to be mentally tough,” said Blackdeer. “I just wish everyone the best of luck.”