Several volleyball players from Ankeny and Ankeny Centennial have received postseason honors from the Iowa Girls’ Coaches Association and the coaches in the CIML Conference.
Centennial standouts Delaney Miller and Jaeden Pratt were both selected to the Class 5A all-state first team by the IGCA. The junior outside hitters led the Jaguars to a 31-7 record and a second consecutive appearance in the Class 5A semifinals.
Miller ranked third in Class 5A and 15th in the entire state with 437 kills. She ranked eighth in Class 5A with 49 aces.
Pratt placed second among the Jaguars with 327 kills and 257 digs. She tied for 17th in Class 5A with 41 aces.
Senior middle hitter Ava Wille of Ankeny was named to the Class 5A second team. She led the Hawkettes to a state tournament berth.
Wille ranked third in Class 5A and tied for 20th in the state with 104 blocks. She also contributed 158 kills.
Three other Ankeny players–junior libero Baileigh Carlsen, junior middle hitter Reagan Hanfelt and junior outside hitter Kamryn Scheib–were third-team picks. They were joined on the squad by senior middle hitter Anna Sash of Centennial.
Carlsen ranked second in Class 5A and tied for 17th in the state with 500 digs. She also recorded 37 aces.
Hanfelt tied for fifth in Class 5A with 101 blocks. She also racked up 37 aces, 239 kills and a .277 hitting percentage.
Scheib led the Hawkettes with 301 kills. She also had 33 aces.
Sash ranked eighth in Class 5A with 98 blocks. She also had 184 kills while hitting .306 on the season.
Miller and Pratt were both repeat picks to the Class 5A West all-district team. They were joined on the squad by Sash and Ankeny players Carlsen, Hanfelt, Scheib and Wille.
Ankeny coach Liz Baethke was also honored. She was named the district coach of the year after guiding the Hawkettes to a 24-15 mark in her first season at the school.
Miller, Pratt and Wille were also selected to the CIML Conference first team. Pratt was a repeat pick.
Hanfelt and Scheib were named to the second team along with Sash. Sophomore libero Mya Lei-Butters of Centennial, who ranked ninth in Class 5A with 388 digs, was also a second-team pick.
Carlsen landed a spot on the third team.
Four other players earned all-conference honorable mention. They are senior outside hitter Ady Brecht and junior outside hitter Olivia Eike of Ankeny and senior middle hitter Ava Kronenberg and senior setter Kambria Leazer of Centennial.
Leazer ranked third in Class 5A and 14th in the state with 920 assists. Brecht ranked 18th in Class 5A with 74 blocks.