After a challenging season, the ADM volleyball team was rewarded with four of their own earning All-Raccoon River Conference honors.
With the conference officially releasing the All-Conference selections, the ADM stars of Josi Lonneman, Abbie Hlas, Delaney Bertman, and Morgan Meyer all made the list. For Josi Lonneman, who recently committed to play soccer at Grand View University, her volleyball career ended with a first-team All-Conference selection. On the volleyball hardwood, the senior ranked third across all Raccoon River Conference players with 318 total kills along with 23 aces and a serve efficiency of .821. Lonneman has been the heart and soul of the Tiger volleyball team for the last few years and it showed.
“Josi always brings such energy and excitement every time she steps out on the court,” said head coach Mary Beth Scott. “When you add that to a player that sees the court very well and is overall that skilled, you have an amazing player.”
This was Josi’s second straight first-team All-Conference selection
The Tigers had two stars earn second-team honors including senior Abbie Hlas. Hlas was instrumental in the successes of the season and it showed. Hlas was fourth in the conference with 324 total digs on the season which, in turn, left her with 734 total digs throughout her career. Hlas was an ever-improving player and increased her digs count by nearly 100 digs each season. During her senior season, Hlas put on performances rarely before seen by fans and coach Scott alike.
“Abbie is just one of those liberos where I just stand there and say “wow” I’m that impressed,” began Scott. “She does things the right way even with things such as diving. I have a hard time getting some girls to go completely on their side because they like to turn, but then the ball goes away from them. Abbie does it the right way and you can see it every time. I also told her if there’s anyone I want at the serving line, I want Abbie back there because she has such focus and intensity about her.”
The second All-Conference player for the Tigers was fellow senior Delaney Bertman. In her final varsity volleyball campaign, Bertman showcased exceptional skill that allowed her to produce a team-leading 350 assists for the year. The year 2019 really seemed to be a separating year for Bertman who went from a purely assist machine to a hybrid with many different talents. Bertman also added in 204 kills and 28 aces.
“I knew that Sydney was capable of more because she’s shown flashes of great striking on offense and great work with her serving. We really worked on being just as solid offensively and she took to it well.”
The final member of the 2019 All-Conference class for the Tigers was honorable mention honoree Morgan Meyer. The senior had the fourth-best serving mark amongst the ADM roster with a serving efficiency of .094. Meyer did most of her damage in the assists category as she was right behind Bertman with 276 assists on the year.