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Rob Reischel
Middleton senior libero Jessi Nonn was named second-team all-Big Eight Conference./File photo

Middleton’s girls volleyball team landed four players on the all-Big Eight Conference team.

Sophomore outside hitter Lily Welti was named first-team all-Big Eight. Junior middle hitter Jennifer McGinnis, senior setter Mimi McMurray and senior libero Jessi Nonn were all named second-team all-conference.

Welti was a co-captain who led Middleton in kills. She was one of the Cardinals’ main serve receivers, defenders and jump servers and was named Middleton’s Most Valuable Player. 

“She was our go-to player and did a great job as a sophomore carrying the team on her shoulders,” Middleton coach Franco Marcos said. “She was second in the overall voting for the Big Eight Conference player of the year.  

“She has a great future ahead of her! She will be challenging for the player of the year in 2017.”

McGinnis began the year as an outside hitter in Middleton’s 6-2 offense. As the Cardinals transitioned to a 5-1 offense later in the year, McGinnis moved inside to a middle blocker position.

McGinnis excelled in both roles and was recognized accordingly.

“Jennifer accepted the challenge to move to the middle,” Marcos said. “She is quick and jumps out of the gym.  

“She gave us the blocking that we needed and was able to add some more kills to her totals. She was able to make the attacker try to hit around her right into our defense. The plan is to move her back to the outside for next year.”

McMurray led the Cardinals and the Big Eight Conference in assists and attempts.

“Mimi did a little setting last year and was planning to be either a right side hitter or an outside hitter this year,” Marcos said. “Towards the end of her club season, she assumed the role of a setter and decided to be the full-time setter this year. 

“Mimi was the best athlete on the team and had a great serve, played good defense, could block and once in a while would surprise the opponents with a huge kill. She liked the challenge. We are going to miss her.”

Nonn was a co-captain and one of the top defensive players in the league.

“She was our leader in both serve receive and digs,” Marcos said. “She was a solid defender and very instrumental in helping us win some of the nailbiters that we had this season.

“She has a great jump floater and an long lasting smile. She is one of the greatest kids that I have ever coached. We are going to miss her!”



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