Effingham Daily News
St. Anthony volleyball coach Kristie Bailey had nothing but the highest praise for senior setter/hitter Haylee Mathis Wednesday.
“I think she’s the best player in the area, I would think all the coaches in the area would agree,” Bailey said.
The area’s National Trail Conference coaches did agree, as Mathis was named the conference’s MVP for the second year running this week.
Mathis switched from full-time setting to splitting time between setting and hitting midway through the season, and helped St. Anthony advance to Super Sectionals.
“She’s a big reason why we went so far this year,” Bailey said. “She’s just a great player and a wonderful kid too. She’s made so many wonderful decisions with volleyball, and she deserves that honor.”
Two-way players dominatesd the first team. Mathis was joined by teammates Megan Nuxoll and Rachel Schultz, along with Stew-Stras’ Kendall Knop and Becca Schlechte, fresh off a second-place finish in the state.
Altamont’s Lauren White, Neoga’s Demmie Long and St. Elmo/Brownstown’s Gabi Moore rounded out the first team.
Stew-Stras earned another player on the second team with hitter Brittani Tabbert. Neoga’s Courtney Croy and Olivia Ott made the second team, along with Altamont’s Deidre Ledbetter, St. Anthony’s Lauren Wendt, South Central’s Lincoln Brasel and Windsor’s Paige Woolard and Autumn Bennett.
Cowden-Herrick earned three honorable mentions, doled out to Ariel Heiserman, Haven Lorton and Hannah Wehrle. Beecher City’s Kristen Buzzard, Dieterich’s Madison Boerngen and Mallorie Vahling, Altamont’s Macy Wendling, St. Elmo/Brownstown’s Behtany Oberlink, South Central’s Maria Brasel and Windsor’s Olivia Williamson rounded out the conference’s honorable mentions.
Stew-Stras had the most successful season of the NTC teams, and area teams, taking second in the state. St. Anthony won the conference tournament and advanced to Super Sectionals, and South Central brought home a Regional Crown as well.
Haylee Mathis, St. Anthony, MVP
Kendall Knop, Stewardson-Strasburg
Lauren White, Altamont
Demmie Long, Neoga
Megan Nuxoll, St. Anthony
Rachel Schultz, St. Anthony
Becca Schlechte, Stewardson-Strasburg
Gabi Moore, St. Elmo/Brownstown
Paige Woolard, Windsor
Autumn Bennett, Windsor
Courtney Croy, Neoga
Olivia Ott, Neoga
Lincoln Brasel, South Central
Brittani Tabbert, Stewardson-Strasburg
Lauren Wendt, St. Anthony
Deidre Ledbetter, Altamont
Macy Wendling, Altamont
Kirsten Buzzard, Beecher City
Ariel Heiserman, Cowden-Herrick
Haven Lorton, Cowden-Herrick
Hannah Wehrle, Cowden-Herrick
Madison Boerngen, Dieterich
Mallorie Vahling, Dieterich
Bethany Oberlink, St. Elmo/Brownstown
Maria Brasel, South Central
Olivia Williamson, Windsor