Carlinville Volleyball Cavaliers celebrate another successful season at
By Jackson Wilson
The Carlinville volleyball Cavaliers held their annual end of season banquet on Monday night in the Carlinville High School cafeteria. The varsity, junior varsity and freshman-sophomore teams were all recognized by the entire coaching staff and the Cavaliers gave seniors Lexi Egelhoff, Adriann Welte and Jordyn Houseman one final sendoff. Head coach Kaitie Hammann also announced that Welte had been chosen to participate in a volleyball all-star game at Lincoln Land Community College on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.
“All of the girls worked so hard. They never complained. I couldn’t of asked for a better group of girls in my first year,” complimented Hammann.
Assistant coach Megan Stayton, who was unable to attend, sent the entire team a heartfelt message through text.
“To create an environment with such a balance of love and hard work is so difficult but you helped make that happen in the gym every day. The leadership was so apparent on and off the court. Never lose your inclusive nature and love for life. From someone who just did it – as you start your next journey in life, try new things but stay true to the roots that brought you to this moment because you all have such beautiful souls inside and out,” she said in her farewell to the seniors.
Stayton continued, “To my other girls – you have all grown so much over the season. Take this moment to reflect on how you changed as a player, student, teammate, friend and person these last few months. You’ve come so far but this is just the beginning for you all, whether you have one, two, or three more seasons left.”
Varsity award winners were Welte (Most Valuable Player, Serve Receive [co-op], High Kills, Captain [co-op], South Central all-conference first team), Egelhoff (Blocking, Captain [co-op], Offensive Player of the Year), Sarah DeNeve (Setting, High Service Points, 110% Effort [co-op], South Central all-conference second team), Houseman (Defensive Player of the Year, Defense [co-op], Captain [co-op], Serve Receive [co-op], South Central all-conference third team), Gracie Reels (High Aces, 110% Effort [co-op], Defense [co-op]) and Haley Wills (Most Improved Player).
Olivia Turley was honored as Carlinville’s inaugural junior varsity Player of the Year and one of four defensive award winners. Hammann was very impressed by the overall impact Turley made and was very optimistic about her future as a varsity captain.
“Olivia was a huge part of our success this season. She was the backbone of the passing system, a solid server, tough to beat and definitely gave her best every game. She was a great teammate and leader,” said Hammann.
Other junior varsity awards were presented to Jill Stayton (Service Points, Kills, Defense [co-op]), Lexy West (High Aces, Setting), Whitney Stahl (Defense [co-op]) and Matilda Mitchell (Defense [co-op]).
Recipients of Freshman-Sophomore team awards were Karly Lambert (High Aces, Service Points), Catie Sims (Defense), Stayton (Kills) and West (Setting).
Sydney Bowman, Kelsey McKee, Wills, Turley and DeNeve will be the team captains for the 2019 season.
Senior Jordyn Houseman received the Defensive Player of the Year and Senior Lexi Egelhoff received Offensive Player of the Year, both presented by Andy Glenn. Houseman was also named to the SCC All Conference Team. Photo by Cory Walton.
Sophomore Gracie Reels was one of two to receive the 110% Award. Photo by Cory Walton.
Junior Sarah DeNeve was one of two to receive the 110% Award, along with Player of the Week on October 16th and 18th and was named to the SCC All Conference 2nd Team. Photo by Cory Walton.
Junior Hayley Wills received the Most Improved Player Award. Photo by Cory Walton.
Senior Adriann Welte received the Most Valuable Player Award, was also named to the SCC All Conference 1st Team and will be playing in the All Star Game at Lincoln Land on Sunday. Photo by Cory Walton.
Junior Olivia Turley received the JV Player of the Year Award. Photo by Cory Walton.
Kelsey Mckee was Player of the Week Oct. 23 and 25. Photo by Cory Walton.