Labette County led the SEK League with a pair of 2020 First Team All-League volleyball selections, while a Parsons Vikings freshman also earned First Team honors.
Anna Dean and setter Shelbi Wilson, a junior and sophomore respectively, earned First Team All-SEK League recognition for the Grizzlies. Dean was unanimously selected to the First Team.
Dean wrapped up the year with 288 kills, 359 digs, 57 aces and 70 blocks — all team highs for Labette County.
“She’s a huge contributor to us and a dynamic player who has a high volleyball IQ,” Labette County head coach Heather Wilson said. “She’s an intimidating force on the front row with her ability to block and attack. But she sees the floor and plays the back row really well and effectively.”
Shelbi Wilson quarterbacked Labette County’s offense as its setter, racking up a team-high 790 assists. The sophomore also added 241 digs, 98 kills, 30 blocks and 37 aces to her season’s tally.
“I saw a lot of growth and a more complete player,” Wilson said. “She became more dynamic on the front row. She recognizes when we need to score points and can do so in a variety of ways. She can get some kills, get some aces. And she can’t create assists without great passing, so that goes to our back row players.”
Karsyn Stewart also received All-SEK honors as a Second Team nominee.
Stewart racked up 258 digs, 113 kills, 28 aces and 13 blocks as a complement to the Grizzlies’ offense.
“She was clutch for us several times,” Wilson said. “She’s a motivational leader on the floor. So even if she’s not scoring points, she’s convincing her teammates to do so. I was super excited to see the league recognize the asset that she is for us.”
Labette County finished the 2020 campaign as outright SEK League champions with a 10-2 record in league play. The Grizzlies also won its sub-state tournament to earn a berth into the KSHSAA 4A state tournament, where they fell to Ottawa. Labette County’s final record on the season was 25-9.
Parsons freshman Iniya Hinman was one vote shy of earning unanimous First Team All-SEK League.
Hinman had a team-high 191 kills to go along with 251 digs, 37 solo blocks, 22 aces and 10 assists for the Vikings.
“Iniya is not just a good player that puts up great stats,” Parsons head coach Brooke Hopper said. “She’s an all-around student-athlete. She’s very similar to Nena Taylor. Teachers tell me how impressed they are. I see her stepping out onto the court doing solo drills before practice. She’s not afraid to come out of her shell that you sometimes see freshmen in. She’s exactly what you want your players to be.”
Parsons won nine matches this fall after winning just one the year prior. Hinman is expected to be an integral piece to the Vikings’ ongoing rebuild.
2020 ALL-SEK LEAGUE
Anna Dean (U), Labette County
Sabry Trout (U), Chanute
Alayacia Harris (U), Pittsburg
Abby Veile (U), Independence
Iniya Hinman, Parsons
Montana LaRoche, Fort Scott
Shelbi Wilson, Labette County
Karsyn Stewart, Labette County
Rhylie Powell, Independence
Avery Finley, Chanute
Taylor West, Chanute
Maddie Narges, Pittsburg
Jaeden Cook, Coffeyville
Abby Altic, Fort Scott