Winter sports are here, and fall sports are things of the past until next season. However, it's important to reflect on the year and recognize some of North Iowa's top performers from 2018. Here's the Globe Gazette's All-Area volleyball team.
Abbey Holmes, Junior, Algona
Holmes anchored an Algona team that went 21-20 this season, earning a spot on the Class 3A Central District All-District First Team. Holmes led the Bulldogs with 436 kills, recording 201 more than Algona’s next-leading player. She also converted on better than 95 percent of her serve attempts and finished the season with 31 aces.
Aliyah Buscher, Junior, Algona
Buscher, who had 528 assists for the Bulldogs this season, was one of the reasons for Holmes’ success. Buscher averaged 5.23 assists per set, and she finished the season with 229 digs, which ranked fourth on the team.
Madison Meister, Junior, Bishop Garrigan
Meister, a First Team All-District selection, had a whopping 7.22 assists per set this season, finishing the year with 520. Meister also had 45 ace serves.
Kessa Fingalsen, Senior, Central Springs
Central Springs had a strong season in 2018, ending the year with a record of 21-11. Fingalsen was an important piece in that successful season, finishing first on the team with 256 kills and 53 ace serves. She also had 348 digs, which was second behind Mackenzie Lohmann.
Jodie Sindlinger, Senior, Charles City
Sindlinger was a bright spot for Charles City, racking up 266 kills while converting on 93.2 percent of her serves. She also had a team-leading 44 solo blocks, becoming one of 38 players in the state to record that many this season.
Kelsey Koch, Senior, Forest City
Koch was rewarded for her stellar play this year, as she was named the Player of the Year in the Top of Iowa Conference West Division. She was also named to the 3A Central District’s First Team. The Indians went 25-7, and Koch led the charge with a team-high 237 kills. She was also extremely efficient from the service line, converting on 96.8 percent of her attempts. She also led the Indians with 289 digs.
Jessa Gasteiger, Junior, Lake Mills
The Bulldogs had a remarkable record of 31-9 in 2018. Gasteiger, an All-District selection, led a team loaded with talented players, finishing the season with 710 assists. She ranked third on the team with 159 digs. Gasteiger also led the entire state with 114 ace serves, averaging 1.21 per set.
Kylie Greenfield, Sophomore, Lake Mills
Greenfield, another All-District selection, benefited greatly from Gasteiger’s setting prowess, capitalizing and finishing the year with a team-high 317 kills. Greenfield also had 60 ace serves, which ranked third on the team.
Kaitlyn Roberts, Senior, Mason City
Roberts was incredibly valuable for the Mohawks in 2018, finishing the year first on the squad with 131 kills, 36 ace serves, and 34 solo blocks.
Katelin Adams, Senior, North Iowa
Adams was a First-Team All-District selection this season after a 230-kill season for the Bison, who finished with a record of 20-10. She had a team-high 45 ace serves, and she was second on the team with 17 block assists.
Sydney Midlang, Senior, Osage
Midlang was one of two Green Devils on the Class 3A All-State First Team, and she was also named to the Class 3A Central District First Team. Osage finished 30-7 after barely falling short in the state semifinals in Cedar Rapids. Midlang had 257 kills and a kill efficiency of .377. She also had 35 ace serves. Midlang was one of 24 players in the state with at least 51 solo blocks.
Danielle Johnson, Sophomore, Osage
Johnson, a Second Team All-State selection and a First Team All-District selection, led the Green Devils with 319 kills. She converted on 94.4 percent of her serve attempts and compiled 40 aces this year. She was one of four Green Devils with at least 100 digs, as well.
Rylie Olson, Senior, Osage
Olson was awarded a handful of accolades after a spectacular senior season. Conducting Osage’s offense, Olson was recognized as the Top of Iowa Conference East Division Player of the Year. She also was named to the Class 3A All-State First Team, and she was an All-District selection. Olson was among the best setters in the state, finishing the season with 941 assists, good for 9.7 per set. Only Midlang had more solo blocks than Olson among Green Devils players.
Kourtney Chambers, Senior, Osage
Chambers, a skilled libero, was adept at combating opponents’ kill attempts in 2018, leading Osage with 187 digs. She was an All-District selection and was second on the team with 54 assists. She converted 93.7 percent of her serves and had 32 aces.
Gabrielle Finberg, Senior, St. Ansgar
Finberg had a team-high 302 digs this season for the Saints, becoming a crucial piece of the Saints’ lineup in 2018. She converted on 95 percent of her serves and finished the year with 28 aces.