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Three Trojans make NICL volleyball squad

October 20, 2012
By Jimmy Gillispie - Sports Editor (jimmy@tamatoledonews.com) , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

South Tama's volleyball team earned a trio of North Iowa Cedar League West honors when the league coaches gathered for their annual postseason meeting.

The official all-league awards were released last Friday. South Tama, who officially finished fourth in the NICL West after losing the tiebreaker to AGSWR, had one girl on each of the three teams.

Seniors Jade Rohach and Shelby Bradley, along with junior Samantha Holtz were honored by the league coaches. Rohach was one of eight players named to the first team, Holtz was one of nine on the second team and Bradley was one of seven honorable mention players.

"I'm very pleased," coach Michelle Bradley said. "It's very nice. It's a voting process and the girls that I put up weren't but two points or less from making this, that or the other team. Overall, the conference liked our girls, so that's nice."

Rohach was named a first-team player for the second-straight year. She leads the conference in blocks with 133, which is more than double the second-highest player. Rohach ranks 10th in the NICL in kills with 163, but she's fourth in kills per set at 2.26.

"To get that in consecutive years is a big deal," Bradley said. "She is second in 3A in blocking and she's No. 3 overall in all classes. She is right up in there in kill percentage, too."

Holtz is also high in the conference in blocks. She is tied for second with 66 blocks this season. She has recorded 105 kills and served 38 aces, which ranks tied for seventh in the conference.

"That's a really nice honor and I guess they really liked what they saw in Sam," coach Bradley said of the league coaches voting her to the second team. "They liked what they saw and they said, 'Oh, we have another year of her?' I said, 'Yeah.' She is a spark on the team. When she gets excited, it's written all over her face. She pumps the team up."

Bradley was named to the honorable mention team, despite missing several weeks of the season. Her last match was Sept. 18 after injuring her ankle warming up for the Trojans home tournament Sept. 22.

"What was good about that, was the teams that saw her, liked her, and the other teams took a peek at her stats and liked what they saw," coach Bradley said. "I was happy about that.

"I'm hoping she'll be back," she said. "She just came back to practice yesterday. I asked her how she felt and she said, 'It feels fine.' She has jumped right in there. She will suck it any pain she's feeling."

The Trojans played their senior night Thursday against Benton. The results of the match will be in the Toledo Chronicle next week.

 
 

 

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