Kristin Lux’s name is peppered throughout the North Bend volleyball record book.
The 6-foot-1 senior set a single-season kills record with 434 this year. She also is the career leader in kills with 1,213 is the Tigers’ all-time leader for ace serves and ace blocks.
“Kristin is a go-to player and a natural at volleyball,” North Bend coach Amy Sterup said. “She works hard on the court for her team.”
Lux, a West Virginia recruit, is the honorary captain of the Fremont Tribune All-Area Team. She is joined on the first unit by teammate Brooke Fredrickson, Lexie Langley of Fremont Bergan, Kelsie Cada of Wahoo Neumann and Wahoo High teammates Elly Larson, Kyla Swanson, Kinsley Tingelhoff and Morgan Marotz.
Lux was a third-team Super State selection for the Omaha World-Herald. She led the Tigers to a 31-3 record and a fourth-place finish in the Class C-1 state tournament.
She had 204 digs, 49 ace blocks and 60 ace serves.
“I just liked watching her play,” Sterup said. “She had ability, plus her and Brooke knew the court so well. They just had good instincts and worked so well together. They did a great job.”
The 6-foot Fredrickson, a Midland University recruit, and Lux were four-year starters for Sterup. Fredrickson had 312 kills, 42 aces, 232 digs and 56 ace blocks as a senior.
“Brooke was a stronger player this year,” Sterup said. “She kept everyone going on the floor and was very even-keel. She was the type if she made a mistake, she would smile and move on. She never got upset and was a good all-around team player for us.”
Lux and Fredrickson were just two of seven seniors that led the Tigers to back-to-back state appearances.
“They will be sorely missed,” Sterup said. “You just don’t see players like a Kristin or a Brooke very often.”
Bergan coach Sue Wewel will have Langley back next year. The 6-foot junior led the Lady Knights to the Class C-2 state tournament and a 25-9 record.
“I think she became more of a leader for us on the court and off the court,” Wewel said. “She was really involved in a lot of the activities we did and evolved into a pretty good team leader.”
Langley set a Bergan single-season kills record with 457. She is also the school’s career kill leader with 1,007. She also owns the single-game school record for kills with 31.
“I think this year she became more knowledgeable about the areas she needed to hit and became more meticulous about where she needed to be on the court,” Wewel said. “She has bettered her game each year. I think every season I’ve seen a progression on her physical skills along with her social skills and leadership skills.”
Langley also excelled on defense where she had 348 serve receptions and 345 digs.
“Defensively she has gotten stronger for us, but I would like to see her improve even more on that,” Wewel said. “She just has a real passion for the game.”
Larson also has a passion for the game. The 6-foot junior was a second-team Super State selection while finishing with 384 kills and a .312 hitting percentage.
“She had a great season,” Wahoo coach Trish Larson said about her daughter. “She was very consistent for us throughout the year and was definitely our go-to hitter. She found a way to finish and was a leader on the floor as well.”
Larson performed well on the big stage. She had 26 kills and hit .600 during a district win over Douglas County West. In three matches in the Class C-1 state tournament, she had 48 kills and hit .345 for the champions.
“She is very knowledgeable and has been around the game a long time,” Coach Larson said. “She has played club ball and has received great training there. At state, she was very determined and really wanted (the championship) like all of our girls did.”
The Lady Warriors got a boost last spring when Swanson’s family moved from Minden to Wahoo.
“It was pretty amazing how easy of a transition it was for her,” Larson said “She is one of the best kids and teammates you could find. She was here for the fourth quarter and got to meet a lot of new people and got to participate in summer camps and summer ball.”
Swanson, a 6-4 junior, had 328 kills while hitting an eye-popping .488. She also led the team with 61 solo blocks.
Larson expects even bigger things from Swanson in 2018.
“She didn’t start playing volleyball until seventh-grade,” she said. “Most kids start in third- or fourth-grade so the sport is still fairly new to her. I think through club ball and gaining more experience she’ll become more consistent. I really think she is going to be amazing.”
Tingelhoff, a 5-7 setter, is a repeat selection. She is Class C-1’s all-time leader in assists with 3,896, including 1,044 this year.
She had a season-best 51 assists during an October sweep against Bennington.
“She was able to get our hitters in one-on-one situations,” Larson said. “I think this season she just became more consistent and got the ball where it needed to go. We had a lot of depth this year and more options for her.”
Tingelhoff will play next season for the College of Saint Mary.
“I think she’s going to do great,” Larson said. “She’ll continue to work hard. She is very smart and I think she’ll do very well.”
Marotz, a 5-5 senior, makes the team as a libero. The C-1 all-state selection had 366 digs.
She also tied freshman Elle Glock for the team lead in ace serves with 54. She finished with a serving percentage of 92.3 and only made 34 errors.
Cada, a 6-1 junior, led the Cavaliers to a 22-9 record. Their season ended with a loss in the district final to Ord.
Cada finished with 378 kills while hitting .329. She also had 32 ace blocks, 30 aces and 294 digs.
Setter Allison Dieckmann, a junior, and libero Meghan Dahlhauser, a senior, of Bergan head the second team. Others on the nine-player second-team include: Fremont High senior Elizabeth Greunke, Arlington teammates Grace Volk and Shelby Kaup, Mead teammates June Johnson and Michyla Lihs, North Bend sophomore Lauren Emanuel and Douglas County West sophomore Chloe Foral.
The latter hit .349 with 278 kills on a team that went 22-10 — the third-most wins in school history.
Honorable Mention — Jordyn Werth, Arlington. Emilee Klahn, Cassie Feenstra, Alyssa Classen, Cedar Bluffs. Abbie Beckmann, Regan Glock, Rachel MacDonald, Leah Bevington, Graci Rittenhouse, Douglas County West. Haley Kempf, Allie DeGroff, Fremont Bergan. Riley Hoerath, Chelsi Judds-Krenk, Rylee Williams, Fremont High School. Macey Kulhanek, Erin Prusa, Jessi Brester, Taya VanLengen, Howells-Dodge. Jayden Haag, Josie Parham, Mead. Hailey Bang, Kaitlynn Bjorklund, Megan Ortmeier, North Bend. Kaylee Boyle, Nicole Boyle, Emily Lewin, Scribner-Snyder. Maddie Larson, Elle Glock, Wahoo High. Alyssa Rezac, Aspen Jansa, Jessina Rada, Wahoo Neumann. Katie Pilakowski, Makenna Weddle, Nicole Mitzel, West Point-Beemer. Riley Throener, Kali Stratman, Bobbie Ortmeier, West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic. Maddie Page, Yutan.