The Winfield-Mt. Union volleyball team lasted the longest of any of the KCII area teams, making a run to the regional semifinals and falling to New London three sets to one. The Wolves had success across the board this season, and six players were named to the all-conference teams as a result.
Three were named to the first team. Jenna Buffington got on as a hitter; she was second in the conference in kills (behind only the conference player of the year), but that wasn’t the only area of success for the sophomore. She was also great defensively, finishing top ten in the conference in total blocks (27) and fourth in the conference in digs (308). And to put the icing on the cake, she was sixth in the conference in service aces (47).
Kayla Edwards, another sophomore, was also named to the first team as the number two setter. Which is fitting, considering she was second in the conference in assists (505), and the third-place finisher in that category was 110 behind her.
Rounding out the first-teamers was sophomore Kyndal Townsley at defensive specialist. She finished third in the conference in total digs with 363, but was second in digs per set with 4.48. This is an improvement of 19 from last season, even playing in 14 fewer sets than she did a season ago. Serving was also a strength for her this season, finishing fifth in the conference in aces
Senior Liana Sweezer was the lone Wolf on the second team, getting on as a hitter. She was second on the team in kills with 94, and was one of three Wolves to knock down 20+ blocks one way or the other.
Two, senior Sabrina Moody and sophomore Jami Wilkerson, received honorable mentions. Moody finished third in the conference in serving efficiency (.957) among players with 150 or more serves on the season. Wilkerson also saw success from behind the service line, posting 26 aces on a .920 serving efficiency.
With four of the six honorees being sophomores, the youth movement at WMU will continue into next season.
NOTE: All stats compiled from quikstatsiowa.com