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A unique regular season filled with obstacles was followed by an unforgettable postseason run loaded with memories for the Liberty High volleyball team.
The Lightning continued to be rewarded for its impressive play during both on Wednesday when the Iowa Girls Coaches Association released its 2020 all-state teams.
Liberty High had three players earn all-state honors following a 24-3 season in which the Lightning advanced to the Class 5A state title game for the first time in program history.
Sophomore Cassidy Hartman became the first player in Liberty High history to be named to the IGCA Elite team.
Hartman was a first-team all-state selection in Class 5A and named to the eight-member elite team that features the top players from all five classes.
The 6-foot sophomore led Liberty High with 338 kills while ranking fourth in Class 5A with 4.4 kills per set.
Hartman finished second on the team with 223 digs and had 32 blocks and 34 ace serves while helping the Liberty High to its second consecutive state tournament appearance.
It was at the state tournament where Hartman was at her best. She had at least 17 kills in all three state tournament matches including a career-high 35 in a semifinal win over top-ranked West Des Moines Dowling, on her way to being named to the 5A all-tournament team.
Hartman was joined on the Class 5A team by sophomore Shelby Kimm and senior setter Hailey Hested.
Kimm was named to the 5A second team after finishing second on the team to Hartman in kills with 194, including 15 in the state title match against Ankeny.
The 5-foot-11 Kimm tied for the team lead with 55 blocks and added 24 ace serves.
Hested was an honorable mention pick in Class 5A following a senior season in which she led Liberty High with 476 assists.
A four-year starter at setter, Hested added 143 digs and 22 ace serves as a senior.
Liberty High coach Randy Dolson was selected as the Class 5A coach of the year after leading Liberty High to the state runner-up finish.
Clear Creek Amana junior Calia Clubb was an honorable mention selection in Class 4A
Clubb led the Clippers with 243 kills as a junior and also 226 digs and 28 ace serves.
Iowa Girls Coaches Association All-State Volleyball
Phyona Schrader, Sr., Ankeny; Danielle Johnson, Sr., Osage; Morgan Middleton, Sr., Clarion-Goldfield-Dows; Paige Kisley, Sr., Osage; Kora Ruff, Jr., Pleasant Valley; Hayden Kubik, Jr., West Des Moines Valley; Cassidy Hartman, Soph., Liberty High; Jayden Petersen, Fr., Dike-New Hartford
Player of the year – Phyona Schrader, Sr., Ankeny;
First team – Phyona Schrader, Sr., Ankeny; Hayden Kubik, Jr., West Des Moines Valley; Cassidy Hartman, Soph., Liberty High; Ava Reynolds, Jr., Ankeny; Kora Ruff, Jr., Pleasant Valley; McKenna Scheib, Sr., Ankeny; Corinne Meier, Sr., Dubuque Hempstead; Anna Flynn, Sr., West Des Moines Dowling
Second team – Lauren Havlik, Sr., West Des Moines Dowling; Alivia Bronner, Jr., Cedar Falls; Emmy Wedgbury, Sr., Cedar Falls; Layanna Green, Sr., Waukee; Sophia Painovich, Sr., West Des Moines Dowling; Lily Dykstra, Soph., Urbandale; Emily Wood, Sr., Pleasant Valley; Shelby Kimm, Soph., Liberty High
Honorable mention – Olivia Nahas, Sr., West Des Moines Dowling; Chloe Cline, Soph., Pleasant Valley; Ella Becker, Jr., Ankeny Centennial; Kayla Schleifman, Sr., Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln; Izzy Kronenberg, Sr., West Des Moines Dowling; Monica Mirembe, Jr., Ankeny Centennial; Olivia Lombardi, Soph., West Des Moines Valley; Payton Lombardi, Sr., West Des Moines Valley; Lineya Wells, Sr., Sioux City East; Sahara Williams, Soph., Waterloo West; Chloe Kramer, Sr., Sioux City East; Livia Thomsen, Jr., Pleasant Valley; Dasha Svitashey, Jr., Johnston; Allison Feigenbaum, Sr., Linn-Mar; Hailey Hested, Sr., Liberty High
Player of the year – Phyona Schrader, Sr., Ankeny
Coach of the year – Randy Dolson, Liberty High
First team – Jazmine Yamilkoski, Sr., Cedar Rapids Xavier; Eve Magill, Sr., Cedar Rapids Xavier; Mia Gamet, Sr., Sergeant Bluff-Luton; Elle Scarborough, Sr., Glenwood; Avery Beckett, Jr., Waverly-Shell Rock; Ella Koloc, Jr., West Delaware; Elyse Winter, Sr., Cedar Rapids Xavier; Meg Besler, Sr., Western Dubuque
Second team – Thea Rotto, Sr., Gilbert; Maya Karl, Jr., Cedar Rapids Xavier; Madison Maahs, Jr., Western Dubuque; Grace Mikota, Sr., Dallas Center-Grimes; Faith DeRonde, Jr., Oskaloosa; Emma Salker, Jr., Sergeant Bluff-Luton; Ava Hauser, Sr., West Delaware; Ella McLaughlin, Jr., North Scott; Lauren Carter, Jr., Winterset
Honorable mention – Meredith Bahl, Jr., Western Dubuque; Nessa Johnson, Sr., Gilbert; Carlee Smith, Jr., West Delaware; Trinity Zika, Sr., Marion; Katy Garrison, Sr., Cedar Rapids Xavier; Calia Clubb, Jr., Clear Creek Amana; Kinsie Zinnel, Sr., Boone; Avery Van Hook, Soph., Marionl Pypr Stoeffler, Sr., LeMars; Sophie Sedgwick, Jr., Waverly-Shell Rock; Brynlee Arnold, Jr., Glenwood; Madisyn Havermann, Sr., Council Bluffs Lewis Central; Bailey Van Voorst, Jr., Pella; Haylee Hidlebaugh, Sr., Dallas Center-Grimes; Grace Boles, Sr., Glenwood; Grace Graham, Jr., North Scott
Player of the year – Jazmine Yamilkoski, Sr., Cedar Rapids Xavier
Coach of the year – Austin Filer, Cedar Rapids Xavier
First team – Danielle Johnson, Sr., Osage; Morgan Middleton, Sr., Clarion-Goldfield-Dows; Paige Kisley, Sr., Osage; Lauren Schrock, Sr., Mount Vernon; Ava Schubert, Soph., Davenport Assumption; Belle Weber, Sr., Union; Ellie Bobinet, Sr., Osage
Second team – Sydney Dennis, Sr., Mount Vernon; Lexi Johnson, Jr., Red Oak; Jori Hajek, Sr., Humboldt; Allie Driscol, Sr., Union; Macy Daufeldt, Jr., West Liberty; Jazlin DeHaan, Sr., MOC-Floyd Valley; Jadyn Jondle, Sr., Claron-Goldfield-Dows
Third team – Gracie Schoonhoven, Soph., Unity Christian; Alysen Dexter, Sr., Des Moines Christian; Camryn Ellyson, Sr., Mount Vernon; Martha Pace, Sr., West Liberty; Emma Schubert, Sr., Davenport Assumption; Reese Martin, Sr., Independence; Reagan Jansen, Soph., Sioux Center
Honorable mention – Meredith Street, Jr., Osage; Abbey Jones, Sr., Red Oak; Payten Lode, Jr., Sheldon; Sydney Marlow, Sr., West Burlington; Madison Geise, Jr., Roland-Story; Mya Merschman, Sr., Central Lee; Deni McDaniel, Sr., Humboldt; Annabelle Costello, Soph., Davenport Assumption; Jenny Wibholm, Sr., Iowa Falls
Player of the year – Danielle Johnson, Sr., Osage
Coach of the year – Maggie Willems, Mount Vernon
First team – Payton Petersen, Fr., Dike-New Hartford; Ashlynn Kuhn, Sr., Hudson; Kelsey Drake, Jr., Wilton; Kayla Knowles, Soph., Denver; Morgan Brandt, Jr., Sumner-Fredericksburg; Jadyn Petersen, Fr., Dike-New Hartford; Kiersten Schmitt, Jr., Dyersville Beckman
Second team – Abby Hamann, Sr., Grundy Center; Reese Johnson, Jr., Denver; Jaidyn Teske, Jr., South Hardin; Jewel Bergstrom, Jr., Boyden-Hull; Stella Winterfeld, Soph., Western Christian; Macy Vanfossan, Sr., Underwood; Madelyn Norton, Soph., Dike-New Hartford
Third team – Chloe Largent, Jr., ACGC; Norah Matt, Sr., Van Meter; Isabelle Elliott, Fr., Sumner-Fredericksburg; Allison Bonnette, Jr., Denver; Jayin VanDyken, Jr., Western Christian; Carly Puffer, Jr., Wilton; Emerson Whittenbaugh, Sr., Maquoketa Valley
Honorable mention – Ella Caffrey, Jr., Wilton; Sienna Moss, Sr., Western Christian; Lexie Fager, Jr., Dike-New Hartford; Abby VerBurg, Soph., Western Christian; Sara Hansen, Sr., Hudson; Olivia Hogan, Jr., Dyersville Beckman; Ellie Anderson, Soph., South Hardin; Marissa Pottebaum, Jr., Boyden-Hull; Sarah Boogerd, Jr., Boyden-Hull; Brianna Boeckman, Sr., East Sac County; Josie Wolter, Sr., Mediapolis; Abby Matt, Soph., Van Meter; Kylie Greenfield, Sr., Lake Mills; Avery Amelse, Jr., Pella Christian
Player of the year – Payton Petersen, Fr., Dike-New Hartford
Coach of the year – Diane Harms, Dike-New Hartford
First team – Lydia Imbrogno, Jr., Wapsie Valley; Saari Kuehl, Sr., Gladbrook-Reinbeck; Allie Petry, Sr., Council Bluffs St. Albert; Gabby Gergen, Sr., Janesville; Rachel Langel, Sr., LeMars Gehlen; Gabby Deery, Soph., Burlington Notre Dame; Katie Stephens, Jr., Burlington Notre Dame
Second team – Pyper McCarville, Jr., Janesville; Ella Larsen, Sr., Newell-Fonda; Emma McClintock, Soph., Gladbrook-Reinbeck; Tara Peterson, Sr., Stanton; Jaylen Bork, Sr., MMCRU; Kassi Randolph, Jr., Holy Trinity; Kalvyn Rosengarten, Soph., Wapsie Valley
Third team – Claire Pothitakis, Sr., Fort Madison Holy Trinity; Nia Howard, Soph., Springville; Rachel Drake, Sr., East Mills; Sydney Matthias, Soph., Wapsie Valley; Lauren Williams, Jr., Council Bluffs St. Albert; Jenna Brown, Sr., Don Bosco; Nichola Phillippe, Sr., Belle Plaine
Honorable mention – Megan Cooley, Soph., Gladbrook-Reinbeck; Lauren Heying, Jr., LeMars Gehlen; Brooke Trees, Sr., North Butler; Naomi Hovenga, Sr., Janesville; Lizzie Garber, Sr., BCLUW; Macy Sievers, Jr., Newell-Fonda; Mallory Mueller, Soph., Tripoli; Morgan Graber, Sr,. WACO; Mandy Chizek, Soph., Belle Plaine; Emily Williams, Soph., East Mills; Abbi Bailey, Sr., Kingsley-Pierson; Josie Hartman, Jr., Southeast Warren; Keaura Williams, Soph., New London
Player of the year – Allie Petry, Sr., Council Bluffs St. Albert
Coach of the year – Paula Kelley, Gladbrook-Reinbeck