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Multiple area volleyball players earn Academic All-State honors

Notre Dame junior Kristin Anderson (left), senior Lexi Rubel (middle) and senior Sarah Brennan (right) were three of the 19 area volleyball players to earn Academic All-State honors. Photo by Jay Forness

Not only did players from the Jackson and Notre Dame volleyball teams help their respective program win a district championship this fall, but they also did plenty of work in the classroom to be named Academic All-State.

The Indians had a total of 12 players named, while seven Bulldogs landed Academic All-State honors as well. To be named Academic All-State, players must meet two requirements: have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and play in 75% of varsity matches.

Earning Academic All-State for Jackson were seniors Madalyn Dameron, Alexa DeLuca and Emma Spraggs, juniors Micah DeLoach, Madison Eller and Kamryn Link, sophomores Ella Domian, Holland Guilliams, Grace Newell, Christa Vandeven and Nadia Wasi-lewski, and lastly freshman Katy St. John.

DeLuca, Guilliams, Link, St. John and Wasilewski each earned Class 5 District 1 All-District and SEMO All-Conference honors as well. Guilliams was also named the SEMO Conference Libero of the Year, while Domian earned all-district.

The seven players for the Class 4 District 1 Champion Notre Dame Bulldogs to be named Academic All-State were seniors Sarah Brennan, Brooklyn Greaser, Claire Jones and Lexi Rubel, and juniors Kristin Anderson, Anna Garner and Tori Rubel.

Also earning all-conference and all-district accolades for the Bulldogs were Anderson, Brennan, Greaser, Lexi Rubel and Tori Rubel. Brennan was tabbed the SEMO Conference Setter of the Year, as Garner and Jones earned all-district.

This season, Notre Dame (25-6-4) captured the SEMO Conference Regular Season Championship, while Jackson (30-6-3) took home the SEMO Conference Tournament Championship.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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