HG’s Yancy, Schaller, Bubolz on All-BEC first team

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


BRITTANY SCHALLER of Howards Grove (left), shown serve receiving, was named to the All-BEC volleyball first team at libero. Sam Yancy is also shown. – Review file photo BRITTANY SCHALLER of Howards Grove (left), shown serve receiving, was named to the All-BEC volleyball first team at libero. Sam Yancy is also shown. – Review file photo Juniors Sam Yancy, Brittany Schaller and Taylor Bubolz of Howards Grove are unanimous picks on the 2015 All-Big East Conference girls volleyball first team as voted on by the league coaches.

The Tigers have one secondteam player in junior Olivia Stauss. Also earning All-BEC recognition for HGHS are juniors Addi Gerber and Emily Schmid on the honorable-mention squad.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters have three all-league selections, led by senior Rachael Flora who made the second team. Seniors Emma Feldmann and Monica Ruh were voted honorable mention.

Senior Keri Hartmann of Oostburg, an outside hitter, was voted the BEC’s Player of the Year. Hartmann is a unanimous first-team player.

She was named to the All- Central Lakeshore Conference first team the previous two seasons. The CLC and Olympian conferences joined to form the new BEC this year.


SAM YANCY of Howards Grove was named to the All- BEC volleyball first team as a middle blocker. – Review file photo SAM YANCY of Howards Grove was named to the All- BEC volleyball first team as a middle blocker. – Review file photo Hartmann helped lead the Lady Dutch to a conference division title and the BEC tournament crown. Hilbert won the other division championship.

All of the first-team players are unanimous choices.

Schaller, a libero (back-row specialist, was an All-CLC firstteam pick as a sophomore. For the overall 2015 season, she had an impressive 811 digs (7.1 average per set) and 95.8- percent accuracy in serve receiving. Schaller also contributed 18 kills, 61 ace serves and 92.9- percent serving.

“Brittany is an athlete that leads by example. In the three years I have coached her, she never takes a play off,” said Tiger head coach Brett Damrow.

“She is one of those athletes that believes practice should be harder than any match. She is a great mix of extreme physical talent and mental toughness.”

Yancy, a middle blocker, totaled an outstanding 562 kills (4.8 per set). She also had 41 solo blocks, 64 aces, 345 digs, 87.7-percent serving and 89.4-percent serve receiving.

“Sam was a high-energy, impact player all year. We asked her to learn a new position this year and she really excelled as the year went on,” Damrow pointed out.

“She was a team captain and did a nice job leading vocally. Sam has really made volleyball as a priority in her life. She has taken her off-season training to a higher level each year.”

Bubolz, a setter, executed an impressive 1,001 assists (8.6 per set). She also contributed 99 kills, 61 aces, 94.7-percent serving, 10 solo blocks and 186 digs.


TAYLOR BUBOLZ, Howards Grove setter, earned All-BEC volleyball first-team honors. – Review file photo TAYLOR BUBOLZ, Howards Grove setter, earned All-BEC volleyball first-team honors. – Review file photo “Taylor improved a ton from last year to this year. She is a real student of the game,” said Damrow.

“The setter position is more about the mental side of the sport than the physical side and Taylor loves to study the game.”

Stauss, an outside hitter, was strong on the attack with 255 kills. She totaled four solo blocks, 69 aces, 87.9-percent serving, 430 digs and an excellent 94.0-percent serve receiving.

Flora, an outside hitter, had an outstanding 220 kills in conference play to go with 55 assists and 90-percent serving.

“Rachael was well-deserving of the honor of second team. In fact, she has first-team ability but is in one tough conference which is full of great hitters,” said Resorter head coach Jim Brown.

“She developed into an outstanding leader for us which really helped us this season. She knows the game so well and was able to help her teammates when times were tough.

“Rachael also sees the floor well and understands the openings on the floor. One of her best attributes was the tipped ball to the open spot on the floor,” Brown pointed out.

“The serve percentage is deceiving as she was great at placement of serves and sometimes missed when trying to hit a spot. Rachael had 55 assists for the year and that is fantastic for someone who was mainly a hitter for us.”

Feldmann, a middle hitter, totaled 85 kills and had 50 ace serves in league play. Ruh, a libero, contributed 230 digs.

“Emma was a very steady middle and when her serve was on look out. Monica was a very good libero,” said Brown.

Gerber, a middle blocker, had 136 kills, 21 aces, 25 solo blocks and 64 digs. She was an 89.3-percent server.

Schmid, a defensive specialist, had 136 digs and was 89.1-percent accurate in serve receiving.


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