For the second straight year, the Nokomis volleyball team ended the season with three wins, but the good news is that the tribe will be much more experienced next season.
Five freshmen and two sophomores got a taste of varsity experience in 2019, some of whom even made an impact when teamed up with the five juniors and four seniors on the squad.
While the youth can help the team down the road, the upperclassmen played a big role this past season. Senior Jade Jett led the team in kills with 88, while also posting 49 blocks, the third most on the team.
Another senior, Ellee Waterman, would lead the team in blocks with 77 and was third in kills with 55. Waterman was also an asset in the serving game with 61 points and 12 aces.
Macee Eisenbarth was one of Nokomis' most versatile players in her final year at NHS, posting 11 aces, 52 points, 78 kills, 29 blocks and 278 digs. Her dig and kill numbers were the second best on the team, while she was in the top six in the other categories.
Nokomis' fourth senior, Sophia Keller, also made an impact in multiple areas, serving up 53 points and eight aces, while also posting 121 digs, third best on the team.
The year would have some challenges for the juniors, who were missing Kristen Stauder for all but the last few games. Delaney Keiser led an improved defense in digs with 334, while also adding 19 aces and 75 points, both second best on the team.
Mia Fesser would be second in assists with 112, with 16 aces, 68 points and 114 digs to go with her prowess on the attack. Alex Pavolka and Olivia Taylor would also contribute for the Redskins, with Pavolka serving up 35 points and Taylor finishing fourth in blocks with 33.
In her second season for the Redskins, Presley Lamb came up big, leading the team in aces (23), points (141) and assists (180). Lamb, one of two sophomores on varsity with Skylar Stewart, also had 35 kills and 21 blocks.
The freshmen proved to be an intriguing lot. Audrey Sabol carried on her family's athletic prowess with 76 blocks and 46 kills in limited action, while more familiar names with older family members, Natalie Engelman, Addison Dangbar and Hailey Engelman, made their varsity debuts, along with fellow ninth grader Emily Cress.
Nokomis' play on the court wasn't the only similarity between this year's club and last year's squad. The Lady Redskins also continue to support causes off the court, with fundraisers for the Montgomery County Cancer Association, the INADcure Foundation and Ayden's AVM Army, in honor of their late teammate, Ayden O'Malley.
Their success off the court is unquestionable and if the team can learn from this year, success on it is sure to follow as well.