Labette County had three players while Parsons had one earn All-SEK League volleyball honors for the 2021 fall season.
Labette County’s Anna Dean, a senior, and Shelbi Wilson, a junior, as well as Parsons’ Iniya Hinman, a sophomore, were among the five unanimous First Team selections.
Dean, widely viewed as the most prolific offensive threat in the league this fall, led the Grizzlies with 354 kills, 503 digs and 75 blocks.
“It’s no secret that Anna was feared in lots of ways,” Labette County head coach Heather Wilson said. “I can’t count how many times coaches told me they hoped she graduated. She’s a beast and was consistently a presence whether the set was perfect or the set wasn’t the best. She found a way to score and dominate in so many matches.”
Grizzlies setter Shelbi Wilson tallied 757 of the team’s 935 assists over the course of the season. The junior also racked up 108 kills and 322 digs.
“Her skillset and her ability to lead was impressive,” Wilson said. “Her volleyball IQ was what was most recognized. She bettered every ball that came to her and she grew as a player. She led us in a lot of ways.”
As for Hinman, the second-year player led Parsons with 262 kills, 179 digs and 79 blocks.
“Iniya, as a sophomore getting unanimously selected, speaks for itself,” Parsons head coach Brooke Hopper said. “She hit some really high expecations we had for her and she’s going to keep moving in that direction. We’ll keep putting her in tough positions to make her better, and she’s very welcoming to that.”
Labette County senior right side hitter Karsyn Stewart also earned Second Team recognition in the SEK League.
Stewart was third on Labette County’s roster with 180 kills.
“I feel like she’s a First Teamer,” Wilson said. “She’s a great hitter, a great competitor and a six rotation kid. Not every right side is that. She could be a libero on other teams, but we needed her to hit. She’s always a spark plug.”
Labette County, which finished the season with a 38-6 overall record, swept the league this season to capture its second straight league title. The Grizzlies also won a second straight sub-state title to earn a berth to the KSHSAA 4A State Tournament.
“Any time the league recognizes the strength of your team, it’s a pat on the back to those players,” Wilson said. “They competed highly against every team in the league. In order to get unanimous First Team, every team has to see you at your best. We were very consistent.”
As for Parsons, it finished 16-23 on the season, a seven-win improvement over the 2020 campaign.
2021 All-SEK League Volleyball
Anna Dean, Labette County
Shelbi Wilson, Labette County
Abby Altic, Fort Scott
Alicia Harris, Pittsburg
Iniya Hinman, Parsons
Maddie Narges, Pittsburg
Preston Keating, Chanute
Karsyn Stewart, Labette County
McKenzie Murphy, Fort Scott
Pricillia Raschen, Independence
Teryn Farley, Fort Scott
Brinly Bancroft, Chanute
Cheyanne Hunt, Pittsburg
Raveyn Kegler, Fort Scott