After a strong and successful season such as the one the Van Meter Bulldogs went through in 2019, there are undoubtedly going to be various accolades that accompany it.
For the Bulldog volleyball team, they witnessed six of their own earn All-West Central Activities Conference honors. That broke down to one first-team selection, three second-team selections, and two honorable mention selections.
It should come as no surprise that the lone Bulldog at the top in the first-team selection was senior Natalie Barth. Before she is bound for the University of Northern Iowa to continue her education next year, she will be left the one more accolade where she paced the team in kills with 228. That mark also ranked the senior seventh overall within the conference landscape. Barth also chipped in 34 aces and 34 blocks for the 2019 season alone.
Also coming as no surprise are the three second-team All-Conference selections in Norah Matt, Abby Matt, and Emma Braun. The Matt sisters continually battled throughout the season for the team supremacy in digs. The elder won this round as Norah Matt posted 429 digs to lead the team and rank second overall inside conference play behind only Olivia Laabs of ACGC. Abby Matt finished with 243 digs which also put her in the top-ten finishers within the conference field. Abby also found a way on the productive side of the offense where she ranked second on the team with 168 kills to go along with her 50 aces on the year. Sister Norah Matt finished with 55 aces for 2019. Emma Braun proved her talent as she posted 537 assists alone within the 2019 season, ranking third inside the West Central Activities Conference.
The two honorable mention honorees for the Bulldogs included Daelynn Coppinger and Sidney Nelson. Coppinger accumulated 86 total kills followed by a .902 serve efficiency and nine total aces for the season. Nelson’s junior season ended with a total of 112 kills along with 16 blocks and 29 total digs.
While the ending wasn’t what anyone would have liked, it was still a very strong season that ended in Van Meter’s second 20 plus win season in program history at 20-9.