All-Conference Honors for NSAA Volleyball

MADISON, SD (PlayNorthStar.com) – The 2022 North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) announced its All-Conference women’s volleyball teams and postseason awards Thursday evening.  Awards were given out during the honors presentation at the Ramkota Inn & Convention Center on the eve of the North Star Volleyball conference postseason tournament at Civic Arena.

Viterbo (Wis.) and Bellevue (Neb.) shared the 2022 NSAA Women’s Volleyball regular-season conference outright, finishing with a record of 13-1 each in conference contests this season. 

The six-team postseason tournament kicks off Friday morning with No. 6 seed Presentation (S.D.) taking on No. 3 seed Dakota State (S.D.) at 10 a.m. (Central Time), followed by No. 5 seed Valley City State (N.D.) versus No. 4 seed Mayville State (N.D.) at 12 p.m.  No. 1 seed Viterbo and No. 2 seed Bellevue received the first-round bye and will play in the evening session on Friday.

Olivia Galas of Bellevue was chosen as the NSAA Women’s Volleyball Player-of-the-Year.  She was also named to the league’s Setter-of-the-Year for the fifth straight year. 

Adrianna Reinhart of Viterbo and Natalie Hadrava of Mayville State were voted as the NSAA Women’s Volleyball Libero-of-the-Year.  It was the second straight year that Reinhart received the award.

Jada Mitchell of VU was named as the league’s Offensive Player-of-the-Year and Freshman-of-the-Year.  Ryan DeLong of Viterbo’s was selected as the North Star Athletic Association’s Women’s Volleyball Coach-of-the-Year for the second straight year.  Michelle Meiklejohn of Mayville State (N.D.) was named as the NSAA Women’s Volleyball Assistant Coach-of-the-Year.

A total of 14 players are listed on the 2022 NSAA Women’s Volleyball All-Conference First-Team.  Eight players are named on the Second-Team All-Conference distinction.  A total of 13 athletes returned as All-Conference from last season.

Viterbo and Bellevue each landed five selections – each school with four athletes on First Team – on the NSAA Volleyball All-Conference.  Dakota State has four recipients on the All-Conference teams, while Mayville State has three athletes on the All-Conference teams.

The North Star Athletic Association Champions of Character recipients were also honored at the awards presentation.

The NSAA All-Conference teams and postseason awards were selected by the league coaches.

First-Team All-Conference

Name Position Year School Hometown
Olivia Galas $%@+ S Junior Bellevue (Neb.) Bellevue, Neb.
Jada Mitchell MH Freshman Viterbo (Wis.) New Albin, Iowa
Sierra Athen %@+ OH Senior Bellevue (Neb.) Red Oak, Iowa
Kenzie Winker %@+ OH Junior Viterbo (Wis.) Holmen, Wis.
Elora Passa &@+ S/OH Junior Mayville State (N.D.) Barnesville, Minn.
Jacki Apel # MB/RS Sophomore Bellevue (Neb.) Bellevue, Neb.
Hannah Viet #+ MH Senior Dakota State (S.D.) Parker, S.D.
Grace Rohde RS Sophomore Viterbo (Wis.) Winona, Minn.
Adrianna Reinhart + L Senior Viterbo (Wis.) Caledonia, Minn.
Natalie Hadrava = L Senior Mayville State (N.D.) Laporte, Minn.
Bailey Nelson + OH Senior Valley City State (ND) Argusville, N.D.
Sydney Schell = OH Freshman Dakota State (S.D.) Aberdeen, S.D.
Grace Tobin OH Junior Presentation (S.D.) Mason City, Iowa
Nicole Meyer MB Senior Bellevue (Neb.) Elmwood, Neb.

 

Second-Team All-Conference

Name Position Year School Hometown
Sadie Hansen = S Sophomore Valley City State (ND) Oakes, N.D.
Lauryn Sobasky S Senior Viterbo (Wis.) Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
Kenzie Kidd = OH Junior Waldorf (Iowa) Roscoe, Ill.
Ashley Pyburn # MH Senior Mayville State (N.D.) Nevis, Minn.
Laura Babcock @= L Senior Presentation (S.D.) Aberdeen, S.D.
Peyton Groft # L Senior Dakota State (S.D.) Mellette, S.D.
Allie Kerns RS Junior Bellevue (Neb.) Omaha, Neb.
Madalyn Groft @+ S Sophomore Dakota State (S.D.) Mellette, S.D.

+ – 2021 NSAA Women’s Volleyball All-Conference First Team
= – 2021 NSAA Women’s Volleyball All-Conference Second Team
@ – 2020 NSAA Women’s Volleyball All-Conference First Team
# – 2020 NSAA Women’s Volleyball All-Conference Second Team
% – 2019 NSAA Women’s Volleyball All-Conference First Team
$ – 2018 NSAA Women’s Volleyball All-Conference First-Team

2022 NSAA Women’s Volleyball Postseason Awards:
Player-of-the-Year:  
Olivia Galas – Bellevue (Neb.)
Offensive Player-of-the-Year:  Jada Mitchell – Viterbo (Wis.)
Setter-of-the-Year:  Olivia Galas – Bellevue (Neb.)
Co-Libero Player-of-the-Year:  Adrianna Reinhart – Viterbo (Wis.) and Natalie Hadrava – Mayville State (N.D.)
Freshman-of-the-Year:  Jada Mitchell – Viterbo (Wis.)
Coach-of-the-Year:  Ryan DeLong – Viterbo (Wis.)
Assistant Coach-of-the-Year:  Michelle Meiklejohn – Mayville State (N.D.)

2022 NSAA Women’s Volleyball Champions of Character
Bellevue (Neb.):  Brooklyn Hundt
Dakota State (S.D.):  Peyton Groft
Dickinson State (N.D.):  Brooklyn Wyllie
Mayville State (N.D.):  Cora Johnson
Presentation (S.D.):  Sydney Miller
Valley City State (N.D.):  Ellie Rush
Viterbo (Wis.):   Mariah Calkins
Waldorf (Iowa):  Abygail Wood