Five girls spikers named all-conference

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Rob Reischel
Logan Welti (7) was named first-team all-Big Eight Conference./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton’s girls volleyball team had five players named to the all-Big Eight Conference team.

Senior outside hitter Logan Welti and freshman outside hitter Lily Welti were named first-team all-conference. Senior middle blocker Meghan Bayer was named second-team all-league, while senior middle blocker Molly Zeinemann and senior setter/outside hitter Elizabeth Keller were named honorable-mention all-conference.

Logan Welti was a four-year varsity player and a tri-captain this season. She received honorable-mention all-state honors for a second straight year and was named Middleton’s Most Valuable Player.

Logan Welti led Middleton with 336 kills, an average of 3.1 per game. Logan Welti also led Middleton with 433 digs, was second in aces (53) and will now play collegiately at New Hampshire.

“Logan has been a key player for us for four seasons,” Middleton coach Franco Marcos said. “She was not only our main passer and defender, but also our primary outside hitter. 

“She was one of our captains and a great leader. We will miss her and wish her all the best at New Hampshire as a libero. She is ready to play in college.”

Lily Welti had a sensational freshman season, finishing second on the team in kills (280). Lily Welti was also first in aces (67), third in total blocks (23) and third in digs (237).

“She is the hardest hitter on the team,” Marcos said of Lily Welti. “She is already a force to be reckoned with in conference and around the state.

“She continued to improve in her passing and defense as the season went on. Lily has a bright future and should help our team get back to the top where we belong.”

Bayer was one of the Cardinals’ hardest working and most improved players. Bayer was third on the team in kills (162) and second in blocks (57).

Bayer will play next season at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.

“Meghan is one of the hardest workers that I have ever coached,” Marcos said. “She has elevated her game and play from barely making the team to starting at the middle blocking position with the option to play right side if needed. 

“She is very aggressive in her play and hates to lose. Every coach likes a player like her. She leaves it on the court and is a great motivator for her teammates and us coaches.”

Zeinemann led Middleton with 73 total blocks and was fifth on the team in kills (86). She was a three-year varsity player he left a terrific imprint on the program.

“She showed a lot of promise and started these last two years in the middle,” Marcos said of Zeinemann. “She jumps effortlessly and could take over a match at times with her blocks and kills.

“Molly was also a great teammate and liked by her teammates and the coaches. We wish Molly well with her future and we will miss her.”

Keller led the Cardinals with 466 assists and was fourth with 35 aces.

“Elizabeth is an outside hitter that volunteered to set this year,” Marcos said. “We lost our two starting setters to graduation and we were young and inexperienced in that skill set. As a senior, she decided to give up her outside hitters position and take on the challenge of setting. She did a great job for us and lead the team in assists. 

“Unfortunately, she reinjured a leg muscle during the WIAA regional finals against Monona Grove and was sidelined for the last three sets of the match. Elizabeth is a team player and very coachable.  We are going to miss her!”

Middleton also handed out several team awards at its recent postseason banquet.

Gabie Buechner received a three-year varsity award.

“Gabie is one of the hardest hitting lefthanders that we have had during my tenure as a coach here at Middleton,” Marcos said. “She played right side and did a great job for us.”

Freshman Hannah Flottmeyer received Middleton’s Most Improved Player Award.

“Hannah is one of our other freshman on the varsity team,” Marcos said. She is very talented and should be a key player for us next year and the years to come.”

Junior Olivia Nyffeler received the Cardinals’ Sportsmanship Award.

“Olivia is a player that every coach dreams of coaching,” Marcos said. “She listens well, doesn’t complain and is always cheering and smiling.”

Middleton finished the season third in the Big Eight Conference and lost in the regional finals. Marcos believes the Cardinals will be improved next season.

“We should have a young team next year,” he said. “We have a number of players that are going to make an impact and I am very optimistic about our chances in conference and sectionals.”

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