Tigers’ Bruckschen on All-BEC first team

EMILY BRUCKSCHEN EMILY BRUCKSCHEN Sophomore outside hitter Emily Bruckschen of Howards Grove was voted to the 2017 All-Big East Conference girls volleyball first team by the league coaches.

Bruckschen had 327 kills (3.4 average per set) for the overall season. She was a 92.2-percent server with 61 aces. Bruckschen had 10 solo blocks and 127 digs.

Tiger freshman setter Leah Parnitzke earned second-team honors. Parnitzke had 92.3-percent serving accuracy, 18 aces, 160 digs and 521 assists on the season.

Three Tigers received honorable mention – freshman outside hitter Maddy Near, freshman libero (back-row specialist) Mackenzie Holzwart and senior middle hitter Katy Berg.

Near totaled 183 kills, 21 aces, six solo blocks and 73 digs. Holzwart contributed 410 digs and 36 aces. Berg had 54 kills, 62 aces, 15 solo blocks and 78 digs.

Earning All-BEC honors for Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah is freshman Avery Feldmann an outside hitter and setter, who is on the second team.

“Avery led our team in hitting and assists [totals unavailable]. She truly loves the game and can’t wait for next season to start,” said EL-G head coach Diane Feldmann.

Senior outside hitter Lauren Griepentrog of Manitowoc Lutheran was voted the BEC’s Player of the Year. Griepentrog is a unanimous first-team pick.

Four players repeated on the first team – junior Makaylee Kuhn and senior Megan Lau of Hilbert, senior Maddie Schleis of Manitowoc Lutheran and senior Megan Gonwa of Cedar Grove-Belgium.

Manitowoc Lutheran and Oostburg have a league-high three first-team players each. Lutheran won the upper division in the BEC Tournament and Oostburg took second.

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