Finest Frosh

Cowley College freshman outside hitter Hannah Nicolaisen not only earned all-league first-team honors in balloting by Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Eastern Division coaches, she was also named co-Freshman of the Year after racking up 531 kills and 85 digs. The Lady Tigers saw seven players earn recognition.

File photo by DONITA CLAUSEN

Cowley College outside hitter Hannah Nicolaisen was named co-Freshman of the Year in balloting by Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Eastern Division volleyball coaches.

Seven members of the District N Tournament champion Lady Tigers were named to the All-Conference team.

“These players worked hard all year long and would be the first to tell you they would not have been selected for these awards without the help of their teammates,” Cowley coach Steven Gream said. “This is a great honor for them. It is nice to see their hard work recognized by the conference.”

Nicolaisen, who recorded 531 kills and 85 digs, was named to the first team. She shared Jayhawk East co-Freshman of the Year honors with Coffeyville’s Adianez Reyes Rivera.

Freshman outside hitter Milica Kusmuk (524 kills, 324 digs) joined Nicolaisen on the first team.

Sophomores Brylee Burroughs (297 kills, 91 blocks) and Mackenzie Thimesch (323 kills, 305 digs) were named to the second team, while middle hitter Anna Maggiolo (300 kills, 87 blocks), setter Sydney Meget (1,586 assists, 286 digs) and libero JoLee Ritchhart (793 digs) received honorable mention.

Highland’s Leslie Polanco was named Player of the Year. Asya Herron of Neosho County was named Coach of the Year.

The Lady Tigers (37-6) earned the No. 9 seed at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament and will face eighth-seeded Central Nebraska at 1 p.m., Thursday in the first round.

Jayhawk East

All-Conference Volleyball

Player of the Year — Leslie Polanco, Highland.

Freshman of the YearHannah Nicolaisen, Cowley;

                      Adianez Reyes Rivera,      Coffeyville.

Coach of the Year — Asya Herron, Neosho County.


Leslie PolancoHighland

Milica KusmukCowley

Hannah NicolaisenCowley

Adianez Reyes RiveraCoffeyville

Talleyshia MorrisCoffeyville

Maryssa RecioNeosho County

Breann BeckerNeosho County

Katie GormanFort Scott



Daniela SantosCoffeyville

Megan TurnerFort Scott

Brylee BurroughsCowley

Randi JohnsonKansas City

Meghan TaukeJohnson County

Mackenzie ThimeschCowley

Katie PearsonHighland

Madison MillerNeosho County



Anna Maggiolo, Cowley; Bree Kamaka, Johnson County; Liz Domary Ortiz, Coffeyville; Zealia Kleitz, Highland; Anna Hester, Johnson County; Kayln Beel, Fort Scott; Sydney Meget, Cowley; Dekyra Dennis, Coffeyville; JoLee Ritchhart, Cowley, Joanna Riggs, Neosho County.


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