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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 21, 2014

W-MU, New London volleyball players named all-district, all-state

By Ashlee De Wit | Nov 21, 2012

Winfield-Mt. Union’s Alicia Escher and New London’s Koral Crossett were each recognized with an honorable mention on the Class 1A all-state volleyball team.

Erica Robison of W-MU and Sarah Holtkamp of New London join the pair to make up Henry County’s four all-district selections for the Class 1A Southeast District.

Escher was a four-year starter and two-year captain on the Wolves’ volleyball team. She is also a two-time first team all-conference hitter who led her team with 291 kills this season — the third highest total in the SEISC North and 13th in Class 1A.

The W-MU senior and outside hitter also served 63 aces and came up with 279 digs for the Wolves this season.

“I believe Alicia would start for any team, any size, in southeast Iowa,” W-MU Coach Dave Pieart said.

Crossett, also a senior, was a unanimous first team all-conference selection, and can now add all-district and all-state honors to her resume. The Tigers’ middle hitter was third in the Southeast Iowa Super Conference South Division with 310 kills, and she also put up 26 blocks.

“Koral was our main offensive weapon and was strategic in helping our team achieve 30 wins this season,” New London Coach Maureen Heath said. “Her heart and desire lead our team every day.”

Erica Robison was a first-team all-conference hitter who had 2.8 kills per set and a .309 hitting efficiency. A W-MU junior and middle hitter, Robison was 16th in Class 1A in kills, and her efforts earned her a spot on the all-district team.

Sarah Holtkamp had 722 assists for the Tigers this season, averaging 7.15 per set. She had a serving efficiency of .897 with 56 aces, tied for the second-highest total on her team, along with Caitlin Chiri. Taylor Landes had 57 aces for the Tigers.

Holtkamp, a junior, also came up with 240 digs this season and was named first team all conference for her efforts.

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