Madison Hocker received all-conference honors at the end of the volleyball season, and three of her teammates, Brenda Timmons, Summer Johnson and Brianna Brumwell, received honorable mention notice for their hard work throughout the season.
Hocker, a sophomore, led her team with 59 kills, 82 percent serving, 120 blocks and 55 serve/receives.
“Maddy was a great team leader on our floor this year,” said Coach Jamie Cooley. “She was only a sophomore, but she had a lot of weight on her shoulders during the season and she handled it amazingly well.
“She was one of our middle-hitters this year, and she led our team in kills and blocks for the season. She was second on the team in receives, finishing just behind our libero.”
Cooley said she was equally impressed with Hocker’s leadership skills, in particular her ability to motivate her teammates and the example she set with her good attitude.
“ Not only did Maddy work hard and put in a lot of time to improve her skills, she was also a great team motivator,” said Cooley. “Maddy was always upbeat on the floor and tried to keep her team going.”
Timmons, also a sophomore, was the team’s libero for the season. “Brenda played all season with an injured
shoulder and was in a great amount of pain most of the time,” said Cooley. “She played hard and played through her pain. Her injury held her back from being able to serve and hit, so we pushed her into the libero position. She played this spot
like I have never seen. She has an amazing ability to read the floor and pick up anything that comes her way.”
Timmons had seven kills from the back row and had a service receive average of 65 percent.
Johnson was the team’s setter for the season.
“She is a quiet leader on the floor,” said Cooley. She is the one out there making everyone else push to get that
perfect kill, and she usually goes unnoticed in the process and seems to be just fine with it. She’s not in it for the glory, she is in it for her team. Summer works her butt off getting to each and every single second pass. Her job is not always easy, but she gets the job done and does it with a big smile.”
Johnson served at 93 percent.
Brumwell also made an impression on Cooley, especially in terms of her ability to play a number of different positions.
“Bri has an amazing ability to play any spot on the floor,” said Cooley. “We moved her back and forth all season, depending on where she was most needed at the time. It is nice to have a solid dependable player that is willing to try anything you ask her.
Bri really turned it up the last half of the season. It was so exciting to see her really play the game she was capable of. Bri has such a different hit and it is so hard to read and is so quick. It’s really fun to watch.”
Brumwell had 34 kills for the season, served at 88 percent and had 42 blocks.
By Patti Carpenter