Manhattan Christian sisters Kellie and Kiersten VanKirk, along with Manhattan’s Matilda Dietz, recently received All-State honors for their efforts.
The VanKirk sisters led the Eagles to a fourth place finish at the state Class C tournament, while Dietz helped Manhattan reach the Southern B Divisional.
Kiersten VanKirk, a 6-foot-2 freshman, led Christian with 300 kills and 40 digs and had 226 assists, while senior Kellie VanKirk had 295 kills, 272 digs, 62 aces and 16.5 blocks.
The duo also earned first team all-conference honors, while sophomore setter Taylor DeVries was named to the second team after tallying 610 assists, 301 digs and 35 aces.
“The three girls that were honored as all-conference are truly deserving. They all put a lot of extra time and energy into the sport of volleyball in the off-season,” Eagles coach Jill Ayers said. “Kiersten and Taylor did an outstanding job of leading our team in the setter role and Kellie rounded out our offensive attack from both the serving line and the net.”
Dietz anchored Manhattan defensively at libero and was also first team all-conference selection along with senior middle blocker Emma Wass.
Erin Welter was the lone first team selection for Three Forks, which also reached the divisional tournament.
“Erin lead the team in aces and kills, and was second in serve-receive,” noted Wolves coach Tracy Welter. “She was chosen to be a co-captain because of how well she gets along with all the kids in the program. Our junior high volleyball players also looked up to her as a role model. I’m excited to see what Erin can do next season.”
The outside hitter tallied 135 kills, 169 digs 28 aces, and 12 blocks.
Earning second team honors for the Wolves were seniors Paeton Ohs and Kyle Olson. Ohs tallied 125 kills, 179 digs, 24 aces and five blocks.
“Paeton played all the way around and truly embraced her role this season,” said coach Welter. “She fought hard for our team and will definitely be hard to replace next season.”
Olson dished out 397 assists and ranked second on the team in digs with 197.
“What’s amazing about Kyle is that this year was only her second year playing volleyball. Kyle jumped into a leadership role as our setter, and co-captain,” said coach Welter. “She led our team in assists as well as highest serving percentage.”
Simonie Mendenhall, Jefferson, Sr; Matilda Dietz, Manhattan, Sr; Abby Rosenbaum, Jefferson, Sr.
First Team All-Conference
Simonie Mendenhall, Jefferson, Sr; Matilda Dietz, Manhattan, Sr; Abby Rosenbaum, Jefferson, Sr; Erin Welter, Three Forks, Jr; Taylor Noyes, Broadwater, Jr; Haydin Henschel, Jefferson, Jr; Emma Wass, Manhattan, Sr.
Second Team All-Conference
Jolie Wood, Sweet Grass, Jr; Paeton Ohs, Three Forks, Sr; Kyle Olson, Three Forks, Sr; Callie warfle, Jefferson, Sr; Peyton Vogl, Broadwater, Jr; Meagan Johnson, Whitehall, Soph; Brooklyn Pederson, Sweet Grass, Sr.
Abby Dean, Gardiner, OH, Sr.; Kiersten VanKirk, Manhattan Christian, MB, Frosh; Solae Swenson, Lone Peak, MH, Sr; Kellie VanKirk, Manhattan Christian, OH, Jr.; Kyndra Long, Gardiner, MB, Jr.; Brook Botha, Lone Peak, OH, Sr.; Chloe Chase, Gardiner, OH/Lib, Sr.; Josie Thomas, Gardiner, OH, Soph.
Frist Team All-Conference
Abby Dean, Gardiner, OH, Sr.; Kiersten VanKirk, Manhattan Christian, MB, Frosh; Solae Swenson, Lone Peak, MH, Sr; Kellie VanKirk, Manhattan Christian, OH, Jr.; Kyndra Long, Gardiner, MB, Jr.; Brook Botha, Lone Peak, OH, Sr.
Second Team All-Conference
Chloe Chase, Gardiner, OH/Lib, Sr.; Josie Thomas, Gardiner, OH, Soph.; Taylor DeVries, Manhattan Christian, S, Soph.; Ashtyn Tome, White Sulphur Springs, S, Jr.; Danna Ochoa, West Yellowstone, Jr.; Chase Cunningham, Gardiner, S, Soph.