Photo by Brett Nachtigall/Fall River County Herald-Star
Hot Springs’ eight seniors on the 2022 volleyball team included, from left, Jenna Ellis, Kambree Macijewski, Jaylen Nachtigall, Emma Wieseler, Ciara Stewart, Abby Kerr, Alyssa Koffler and Maaca Cuny.
HOT SPRINGS – This year’s Hot Springs Lady Bison volleyball team earned the school its first back-to-back 20-win season since 2007, as they also nearly pulled off a win in the opening round of the Region 8A playoffs when they took St. Thomas More to five games but ultimately lost 2-3.
The team held its end-of-year awards banquet on Monday, Nov. 21, where it was also announced that Alyssa Koffler and Jenna Ellis each set new individual school records when Koffler earned 801 kills assists, which shattered the previous mark of 576 set by Heidi Beehler in 2006. Ellis meanwhile set a new season Ace/Serves mark with 98 which broke Randi Weiss’s record of 90 set in 2009.
A total of seven seniors earned Academic All-State honors with GPA’s of at least 3.5, including Jaylen Nachtigall, Jenna Ellis, Abby Kerr, Ciara Stewart, Emma Wieseler, Kambree Maciejewski and Alyssa Koffler. The entire team will also likely earn Academic All-State Team honors with a cumulative team GPA of at least 3.5 by end of the fall semester.
Jaylen Nachtigall was the lone All-Black Hills Conference player, with Jenna Ellis and Alyssa Koffler each earning Honorable Mention.
Statistical Award Winners included the following players:
Highest Hitting % – Jaylen Nachtigall .18
Most Kills – Jaylen Nachtigall 357; Jenna Ellis 301
Most Aces – Jenna Ellis 98; EmmaWieseler 57
Most Digs – Kambree Maciejewski 399; Jaylen Nachtigall 348
Most Assists – Alyssa Koffler 801
Most Blocks – Ciara Stewart 37
Best Serving % – Alyssa Koffler 97%
Team Awards voted on by players included the following:
Most Valuable Player C Team – Madysen Mundorf
Most Valuable Player JV Team – Kenadee Maciejewski
Most Valuable Player Varsity – Jenna Ellis
Most Improved Player C Team – Peyton Stewart & Keely Frankfort
Most Improved Player JV Team – Ashlynn Elshere
Most Improved Player V Team – Emma Wieseler
Lady Bison Award C Team – Brylee Grill
Lady Bison Award C Team – Faith Christiansen
Lady Bison Award JV Team – Kaylee Bader
Lady Bison Award V Team – Jaylen Nachtigall & Abby Kerr
Letterwinners included the following:
Alyssa Koffler, Ciara Stewart, Abby Kerr, Emma Wieseler, Kambree Maciejewski, Jenna Ellis, Maaca Cuny, Jaylen Nachtigall , Ashlynn Elshere, Lily Theilmann, Kennadee Maciejewski.