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Parks, Robison, Holtkamp earn all-state volleyball recognition

Six area players receive all-district honors
By Ashlee De Wit | Dec 03, 2013

Three Henry County players received all-state volleyball recognition from the Iowa Girls’ Coaches Association.

New London’s Emily Parks earned second team all-state honors.

The junior played all the way around for the Tigers, leading the team in kills with 328, the 10th-highest total in Class 1A, and had nearly as many digs — she finished the season with 326.

Parks was set up by teammate Sarah Holtkamp, a senior who was fifth in Class 1A with 757 assists on the season and earned an all-state honorable mention for her efforts.

Parks and Holtkamp helped the Tigers to a record of 37-7, the runner-up spot in the conference that includes Holy Trinity and a regional final appearance.

Winfield-Mt. Union’s Erica Robison also earned all-state honors as a third-team selection.

Robison had 269 kills on the season. The senior also put up 51 blocks for the Wolves, who went 25-11 overall and made their second straight regional final appearance.

The three also earned Class 1A Southeast District honors, along with two other area athletes: New London’s Sami Koontz and W-MU’s Shelby Therme.

Koontz, a senior libero, had 402 digs for the Tigers this season. Therme, also a senior, had 207 kills and 319 digs for the Wolves.

Mt. Pleasant senior Taryne Shull also earned all-district recognition in the Class 4A Southeast District.

Shull had 185 kills and 69 blocks for the Panthers this season.

The all-state volleyball Player of the Year for all classes was Holy Trinity’s Mikaela Foecke.

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