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State Champions Lead All-Area Volleyball Team
December 20, 2013St Clair Athletics
They led their teams to MSHSAA volleyball state championships.
And now seniors Janie Arand and Jamie Gleeson are leading the 2013 Missourian All-Area volleyball team.
Voting concluded this week for the 23rd annual All-Area volleyball team and Arand and Gleeson have tied for player of the year honors.
Media members and coaches considered players for their 2013 season statistics and other postseason honors.
Arand, a setter, was a key player for the Class 3 state champion Borgia Lady Knights, who went 33-3-2 this season. She was named the Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large Division player of the year, the second time she has been so honored. Arand also was girls basketball player of the year for 2012-13.
She also received Missouri High School Volleyball Coaches Association Class 3 all-state and all-region first-team accolades and was a member of the all-district first team.
Arand ranked among leaders in the St. Louis area for assists, recording 797 this season. Playing in a 5-1 attack, she also had 78 kills (.358 attack percentage), 234 digs, 29 aces and 25 total blocks.
“It was not just her leadership, but also her presence on the court with the other girls,” Borgia Head Coach Brad Bruns said. “She just does a great job of running the team. She’s involved in every play. She’s going to have her hands on one of every three touches. Whenever you have a player with that many touches, it’s going to have an impact on whether you win or lose. She did a great job of running the offense, a great job on defense and was an overall great team player. She made a number of amazing plays this year that kept us in games. We had great team chemistry. She had a great relationship with our players and that’s why we had such a good season.”
Gleeson, a middle hitter, was a key member on Hermann’s Class 2 state championship team. She helped the Lady Bearcats (26-14) catch fire in the postseason and reverse a pool play loss to St. Pius X (Festus) in the state championship match.
Gleeson was the Four Rivers Conference player of the year this season and also earned MHSVCA Class 2 all-state and all-region first-team status. She was a member of the all-district first team.
“I cannot say enough good things about Jamie,” Hermann Head Coach Linda Lampkin said. “She was definitely our team leader and a huge part of our success. She was the captain. She always set a great example for her teammates because she is a very hard worker. She worked as hard at practice as she did in a game. She always puts forth her best effort and she played very aggressively this year. The team followed her lead. She led our team in kills, kills per game, kill percentage, blocks and aces. She was fourth in the St. Louis area in kills per game (5.0).”
Gleeson impressed with her ability to attack the ball from anywhere on the court, which showed through in the fact Hermann set her over 37 percent of the time this season. Gleeson posted 948 attacks while the rest of the team had a total of 1,598 attacks.
Neither Arand nor Gleeson plan to play volleyball beyond high school. Arand has signed to play basketball at Missouri S&T while Gleeson has indicated she would prefer to play basketball in college.
Finishing third in the player of the year voting was Borgia freshman outside hitter Audrey Arand.
In closing voting, it came down to the state champions for the coach of the year award. Bruns edged out Lampkin for the coach of the year award, the first time he has been so honored. Bruns said the award belongs to the program.
“We’ve got great coaches in this area,” Bruns said. “If it was up to me, I would give it to more than one player. I’m very honored to have been picked. I give all the credit to the girls and the team. They’re the ones who deserve the credit. I think I have one of the finest coaching staffs in the state. Each of the four brought a different perspective and a different responsibility to the team this year. They were flawless. Our staff was pretty strong.”
New Haven Head Coach Jaime Hoener was third in the coach of the year voting.
Both Janie Arand and Gleeson are among the All-Area first team. A total of 10 players have been selected for the first team.
At middle hitter, the selections for the first team were:
• Gleeson; and
• Borgia senior Sarah Geatley.
Four players were selected at the outside/rightside hitter spots:
• Borgia freshman Audrey Arand;
• Washington junior Jenna Barnhart;
• Borgia sophomore Emma Kriete; and
• New Haven senior Rachel Steinhoff.
At the setter position, two players were selected:
• Janie Arand; and
• Hermann senior setter Kali Stiers.
Two players were selected for the libero/defensive specialist spots:
• Borgia libero Alivia Brinker; and
• Washington libero Erica Diener.
Players picked for the second team were:
• New Haven junior middle hitter Taylor Covington;
• Owensville sophomore middle hitter Hailey Diestelkamp;
• Borgia junior outside hitter Jordan Kriete;
• Pacific senior outside hitter Ashley Hill;
• Owensville senior outside hitter Grace Schlottach;
• Washington junior outside hitter Olivia Strode;
• New Haven junior setter Makenzy Vedder;
• Pacific sophomore setter Gabriella Sauvage;
• Hermann senior libero Sydnee Pate; and
• Borgia junior defensive specialist Allie Marquart.
There were four middle hitters and three liberos/defensive specialists on the third team due to ties in voting. Selected for the third team were:
• Borgia senior middle hitter Erin Hillerman;
• Hermann senior middle hitter Kirsten Leimkuehler;
• Sullivan senior middle hitter Taylor Lucas;
• Union senior middle hitter Clare Stowe;
• Pacific junior outside hitter Kate Cookson;
• Sullivan junior outside hitter Skyler Evans;
• St. Clair junior outside hitter Allison Hinson;
• New Haven senior outside hitter Emily Kallmeyer;
• Washington sophomore setter Paige Carpenter;
• Owensville senior setter Brittany Jahnsen;
• Borgia junior defensive specialist Molly Arand;
• Union junior defensive specialist Emily Schroeder; and
• Owensville senior libero Shelby Stiehr.
Receiving honorable mention status were:
• Middle hitters — Sullivan junior Victoria Dace, St. Clair senior Sam Deason and Union junior Brooke Pope;
• Outside/rightside hitters — Washington junior Sarah Borgerding and St. Clair senior Macy Levvintre;
• Setters — Sullivan senior Demi Armstrong and St. James senior Emma Rogers; and
• Libero/defensive specialist — Sullivan sophomore Brianna Keen.