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White selected MVP for Patriots

Senior Katie White was selected most valuable player for the Pequot Lakes volleyball team it was announced at the team banquet on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

White, a co-captain who led the Patriots in sets with 437, also received All-Mid-State Conference honors. Other Patriots receiving all-conference awards were seniors Vanessa Lane and Abby Abear. Pequot Lakes’ sophomores Laura Squires, Megan Lohmiller and senior Justyne Litzau received honorable mention.

Lane, who returned to volleyball after competing in cross country last fall, received the Patriot Award after leading the Patriots with 92 blocks and 210 kills.

Abear, also a co-captain, led the Patriots with 310 digs and was chosen the top defensive player. Squires had the best serving percentage at 94.3 while Litzau led the team with 26 ace serves. Corina Ruud received the most improved award while Litzau and Jessica Nies shared the coaches’ award.

Letterwinners are freshmen Sam Littman and Ruud; sophomores Josie Florell, Barb Miller, Squires, Lohmiller and Nies; juniors Mariah Reed, Kelsey Hart, Debbie Hart, Brianna Anick, Emilee Buell and manager Megan Johnson; and seniors Abear, White, Lane, Litzau and Nies.

“The girls did well in the classroom as Jessica (Nies) made the individual gold while everyone combined for the Team Gold with a GPA of 3.83,” said Pequot Lakes coach Kate Dale.

The Patriots finished 18-10 overall and placed second in the Mid-State Conference. Pequot Lakes also won their pine and lakes tournament, and were second at Fergus Falls (silver division) and Long Prairie-Grey Eagle tournaments.

“We were a little disappointed to have our season end with a (Subsection 8AA quarterfinal) loss to Frazee,” Dale said. “We will miss our seniors and their leadership, but we do have a good bunch coming back next year.”

Dale also complimented the coaching staff of Jenna Crawford and Chris Ganley (middle level), Kathy Allen (C squad) and Mike Bajczyk (junior varsity).

Awards for the C-team, which finished 4-9 overall, included Molly Dotty, most spirit; Mariah Friberg, most improved; and Sami Nelson, most valuable.

The junior varsity team finished 7-10 overall. Award winners were Kelsey Hart and Corina Ruud, spirit award; Taya Salminen, most improved; and Florell, most valuable.