Mariah Rickard earned top honors for the Pequot Lakes volleyball team as the Patriots celebrated their year-end banquet on Thursday, Nov. 21.

The senior libero recorded her 1,000th career dig and served as co-captain for a Patriot team that finished the season with a record of 27-7 and punched a ticket to the state tournament for the first time in 25 years.

Rickard was also the co-recipient of the Coaches’ Award, along with Ella Pfeiffer and Mirjana Ganley.

Freshman hitter Maci Martini was named the team’s most improved player, while Greta Harmala was named the best teammate and Catherine Ganley earned the “Team Spirit” award.

Rickard, Kate Bolz-Andolshek, Rita Ganley and Lydia Hubbard were named to the all-conference team, while setter Phoebe Glenn earned an honorable mention.

As a whole, the Patriots earned the all-academic gold award. Bolz-Andolshek, Hubbard, Pfeiffer and Camille Haman earned all-academic awards, while seniors Rickard, Martini and Harmala earned academic all-state honors.

After thanking assistant coaches, fans, administration, custodial staff and parents for their efforts during the season, Head Coach Chris Ganley commended her athletes not only for their performance during the season, but also their attitude and demeanor.

“Let me tell you what I saw from this team,” she said. “No girl ever asked me for the clipboard after games. No girl argued or scolded managers or coaches for getting stats wrong. I didn’t get phone calls after any game telling me the stats are wrong. Instead, I see great things from a team - a team that cares more about the team than themselves.

“The girls cheered when points went up on the scoreboard, but they didn't care how they got there. They didn’t even care if they were on the court when it happened. They just cared that the scoreboard said the Patriots are winning.”