Lady Bulldogs receive all-conference and all-state honors

“…watching them grow into the young ladies they are today has been an honor. I’m pretty sure I have learned more from them then they have from me.” – Lady Bulldogs volleyball coach Stormy Jameson.

Lovell volleyball coach Stormy Jameson couldn’t be prouder of the recognitions received by members of her team, with three receiving all-conference honors (Mykelle Nichols, Charri McArthur and Karlie Keller), two all-conference honorable mentions (Madison Harper and Savanna Savage) and two among the all-state selections (Nichols and McArthur).

“I was really thrilled to have the three girls selected to the all-conference team,” said Jameson. “When other coaches notice our girls’ skills and reward them with this honor, it says a lot about their play. The 3A all-conference is so competitive and I think there were girls from every team represented that could have been good enough to make it. Savanna and Madison were in that mix.

“Once all-conference has been selected, the girls that received that award are on the list for all-state. At the state tournament, all 3A coaches meet and select the top 16 players for all-state honors. This year’s field was the most competitive I’ve been a part of. Literally every girl on the list had a legitimate argument to deserve all-state recognition. Charri and Mykelle beat out a tough group but were very worthy and deserving and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

Nichols, a senior, was the team’s outside hitter.

“Mykelle is such a natural athlete,” said Jameson. “I am pretty sure you could throw her into any sport imaginable and she would be successful. I don’t think she realized her potential in volleyball until the end of her junior season and coming into her senior year when we relied on her to carry a much bigger role. She was our team co-captain and led our team this season with 316 kills, 558 digs, 58 aces, 13 assists and 12 blocks. She was an all-around threat and I’m proud that she reached the potential I always saw in her.”

Keller, a senior, was also an outside hitter for the team.

“Karlie was such a blessing to gain in our program at the beginning of her junior year,” said Jameson. “I’m not sure there is anyone that has put in more time getting better and stronger than Karlie. She was training hard in the weight room every day during the summer and it showed. This girl is one of the shortest hitters in 3A, but her vertical allowed her to thrive. She can jump out of the gym. If you were to look at her, you wouldn’t think dynamite could come in such a small package, but it does. She ended her senior season with 279 kills, 467 digs, 38 aces, 13 assists and four blocks.”

McArthur, a senior, was the team’s setter.

Lovell High School volleyball team members receiving all-conference and/or all-state honors are (l-r) Mykelle Nichols, Madison Harper, Karlie Keller, Charri McArthur and Savanna Savage. Patti Carpenter photo
Lovell High School volleyball team members receiving all-conference and/or all-state honors are (l-r) Mykelle Nichols, Madison Harper, Karlie Keller, Charri McArthur and Savanna Savage.
Patti Carpenter photo

“Charri walked into the gym her freshman season and already had a lot of the skills that are the most difficult to coach,” said Jameson. “I’ve never seen someone with the volleyball instincts and reaction that she has. It’s like she knew what was going to happen before it ever did. I often compare a setter in volleyball to a quarterback in football. They have to be quick decision makers and control the offense and everything goes through them. We wouldn’t have accomplished the things we did without her, not only this year, but all four years of her varsity career. This season she compiled 84 kills, 374 digs, 69 aces, 832 assists and 44 blocks.”

Savage, also a senior, played as a middle blocker.

“Savanna is a three-year varsity starter at the middle blocker position,” said Jameson. “I’m pretty sure she is the only person that I have ever coached that has never been in a bad mood, ever. She comes to practice every day with a smile on her face that is contagious. And, in volleyball, your attitude, emotion and team energy are so important. I think those are the things Savanna led our team in day-in and day-out. Savanna tallied 176 kills, 118 digs, 19 aces, six assists and 100 blocks.”

Harper, a senior, was the team’s libero.

“Every other season, little, left-handed Madison has played a hitter position or as a defensive specialist,” said Jameson. “Coming into this season, she was struggling with a shoulder injury that prevented her really being able to hit or serve. This injury proved to be a blessing in disguise. We moved her to the libero position where she really was able to shine. She dug balls that I didn’t think we were capable of digging. She controlled our defense and serve receive, which is a big responsibility, but she really thrived. She managed to get four kills, 545 digs and seven assists from the backrow.”

Jameson had nothing but praise for this year’s team.

“I’ve had other really good groups of seniors that left their mark on our program, but this year’s group holds a special spot in my heart,” said Jameson. “Not only are they all-around super athletic, but are phenomenal girls off of the court. I coached most of them as eighth graders in basketball and watching them grow into the young ladies they are today has been an honor. I’m pretty sure I have learned more from them then they have from me.”

By Patti Carpenter