Tigers’ Yancy on all-state second team

Tigers’ Schaller, Bubolz earn honorable mention

TAYLOR BUBOLZ TAYLOR BUBOLZ Senior Sam Yancy of Howards Grove was voted to the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association’s all-state second team for the 2016 girls volleyball season.

Yancy, an outside hitter, was an all-state honorable-mention pick as a junior. She was named the Big East Conference’s Player of the Year this past season.

Her Tiger teammates, seniors Brittany Schaller and Taylor Bubolz, are on the all-state honorable mention team. Schaller, Bubolz and Yancy were unanimous All-BEC first-team players each of the past two seasons and helped lead the Tigers to the Division 3 state championship in 2016.

Schaller, Yancy and Bubolz were on the all-tournament team for the 2016 D-3 state tourney.

Yancy had an impressive 563 kills this past season. She contributed 56 solo blocks, 793 passing points, 348 digs, 59 ace serves and 88.9-percent serving accuracy.

“Sam was voted as Player of the Year in the Big East and is very well deserving. Sam learned early on that her vocal leadership on the court was just as important as her physical skills,” said Tiger head coach Brett Damrow.

SAM YANCY SAM YANCY “Going into Sam’s senior year we asked her to change and develop several new technical skills. Definitely not easy to change but she met the challenges head on and they helped her reach new heights.”

Schaller, a libero (back-row specialist), had 15 kills, seven assists, 1,117 passing points, 64 aces, 506 digs and 93.2-percent serving.

“Brit is a tremendous athlete that really grew into a great volleyball player. She is one of the most consistent athletes I’ve coached in 15 years,” said Damrow.

“She showed up every day of practice for four straight years always with a smile and wanting to be pushed to get better. But we didn’t have to push very hard because she is very internally driven. She is extremely steady and doesn’t rattle easy.”

BRITTANY SCHALLER BRITTANY SCHALLER Bubolz, a setter, totaled an outstanding 1,065 assists, 101 kills, 18 passing points, 63 aces, 92.1-percent serving and 202 digs.

“Taylor showed some of the biggest gains in her development over her career. Setters are asked to handle a lot in our program, not only physically but more importantly mentally,” said Damrow.

“Taylor grew as a player in every aspect of game. She really bought into the idea of being an aggressive setter and worked to change many intangible things.”

Senior libero Amanda Dahlman of Kettle Moraine Lutheran (Jackson) was voted to the all-state second team. KML won the East Central Conference title last season. Plymouth is an ECC member.

Sophomore libero Dru Kuck of Sheboygan North and and junior middle blocker Hannah Kuehl of KML are on the third team.

The following area players earned honorable mention: senior middle hitter Mackenzie Ebert of Campbellsport, junior setter Cassidy Johnson of KML and senior hitter Kristen Paulus of Random Lake.

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