Following another banner season the Wabasso girls volleyball team recently had six players named to the All-Tomahawk Conference team for their efforts during the 2018 campaign.
Senior standouts Maddy Guetter (OH), Jenna Frank (S), Amanda Hoffman (MH) and Megan Rothmeier (LI) were all first-team selections, while junior Cora Eichten (MH) and senior McKenna Nelson (OH) both earned honorable mention honors.
Head Coach Barb Johnson was named the coach of the year, and Guetter – who will play volleyball at Augustana University next year – earned her third straight player of the year award after dominating in conference play.
The Rabbits racked up a school record 26 victories on the way to a 26-5 overall mark. The team went a perfect 8-0 in Tomahawk Conference play, not dropping a single set (24-0) as they earned their sixth straight Tomahawk Conference championship.
Wabasso had the misfortune of playing in the same Section as eventual state champion Minneota (36-1), falling 3-1 to the Vikings in the Section 3A-North Sub-Section title game.
Of the Rabbits five losses, three were to Minneota.
In the past three seasons the Rabbits have compiled a record of 74-18 (23-1 in conference play) but have been unable to advance to state in arguably the toughest Class A Section in Minnesota.
As a team in conference, the Rabbits were first in kills per game (11.8), first in ace serves (2.46), first in set assists (11.75) and first in ace blocks (3.67).
Guetter put together a huge senior campaign, leading the conference in kills (143, 6.22 per game) and establishing three school records. She finished with 531 kills, breaking her own record she set in both 2017 (483) and 2016 (446). She finished with a school record 1,719 career kills and also added a single game record against RTR with 35. Guetter also finishes with 1,210 career digs, 164 ace blocks, 115 ace serves and 15 set assists.
Frank – a two-time unanimous all-conference first team selection – also had a huge year, leading the conference in set assists with 9.92 per game (238) and 848 overall. She set the school record with 899 a season ago and leaves with a career mark of 1,812. She also had 155 career kills, 634 digs, 134 ace blocks and 67 ace serves.
Hoffman stepped into a bigger role this season and produced at a high level, recording a school record 102 ace blocks (161 career). She was second in the conference in blocks per game (1.04) behind teammate Eichten who was first with 1.17 per game. Hoffman also had 245 career kills, 83 digs and 16 ace serves.
Rothmeier was one of the top liberos in the conference and finished fourth in serving percentage (98.3 percent) and sixth in digs per game (4.54). She also had 873 career digs, 23 set assists and 66 ace serves.
Eichten will be one of the lone returning starters next season, as she had a solid junior campaign finishing with 119 kills, 63 digs, 15 ace serves, eight set assists and 81 ace blocks. Nelson was tops in the conference in ace serves with .583 per game and finishes her career with 178 kills, 44 ace blocks, 483 digs, 58 ace serves and 38 set assists.
“The girls played at a very high level this year, and they set the standard for upcoming Rabbit volleyball,” Coach Johnson said. “We had a lot of youth on our varsity as well, and I know those girls really look up to the seniors. All of these seniors have been on our most successful teams of recent years. They all know the game of volleyball very well and will be missed on game day, as well as at practice.”
It will be a new look team for Johnson next season as she says goodbye to the fivesome of Guetter, Frank, Nelson, Rothmeier and Hoffman.
“It was a very memorable season for me,” Coach Johnson said. “I have been coaching these seniors since they were in sixth-grade JO Volleyball, and it has been a joy to have them all of these years.”