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Rider duo leads Class AA volleyball team

12:00 AM, Dec. 01, 2012 EST

The lethal duo that led Roosevelt to its third Class AA state volleyball championship in seven years also highlights the first team selections of the South Dakota Volleyball Coaches Association all-state team announced.

Senior right side Ashley Beaner and junior middle hitter Maggie DeJong were among seven first-teamers, but were arguably two of the more dominant players in the state, saving their best for the state tournament in Rapid City.

DeJong, who tallied a blistering .530 kill percentage with 295 kills this season, led the Riders in kills in each of the team's three state tournament matches, while Beaner (.410 kill percentage for 230 kills) consistently tormented teams with a southpaw swing.

Along with combining for 140 blocks, DeJong and Beaner recorded at least 230 digs apiece to display a much-improved effort in the back row.

"Both of these girls last year didn't play the back row, but both were six-rotation players this year," said Lynch. "We didn't have to take them out of the game, which was a huge benefit to us because they're both phenomenal athletes."

Washington's primary weapon, senior middle hitter Emma Hanson, also earned first team honors after pacing the team with 283 kills and 262 digs. Hanson guided the Warriors to a state runner-up finish with 4.8 kills per set during the tournament, capping a strong career.

"Emma was our catalyst all year long. She did exactly what was expected of her," said Washington coach LaDawn Nesje. "She needed to be either one or two in kill leaders every single match. She developed her back row very well and turned into a good defensive player for us."

Yankton senior Mikala Hora (376 kills, 250 digs), Rapid City Central senior Lauren Schad (310 kills, 163 blocks) and six-foot-four Mitchell junior Taylin Alm (274 kills) rounded out the first team middle hitters along with Aberdeen Central outside hitter Lauren McCafferty, who finished with 175 kills and 145 digs.



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