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HLHF State Day 1

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family landed six players on the Lincoln Journal Star All-State Awards list including, left to right, Honorable Mention Danie Brandl and First Team selections Brittney Veick and Taya Beller.

In addition to the 12 Columbus volleyball players honored with All-State selections by the Lincoln Journal Star, 13 other area players were selected as standout players.

In Class C-1, one from Cross County earned an Honorable Mention award. Class D-1 and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family's run to the state title match earned the Bulldogs six total selections and two on the First Team.

Crosstown school Humphrey St. Francis was listed four times in the Class D-1 Honorable Mention slot and Osceola picked up two Honorable Mention awards also for Class D-2.

Taya Beller and Brittney Veik of Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family were both chosen as First Team players, making it three Telegram area athletes on a First Team joining Bailey Lehr of Scotus Central Catholic - First Team in C-1.

"Taya had an incredible season, and I am so happy that it did not go unnoticed," HLHF coach Cami Oesligle said in comments sent to The Telegram. "She has earned some great postseason honors that represent her ability and influence she had in helping us reach the state championship title match."

Those contributions were most noticeable on the big stage in Lincoln when Beller delivered the match-winning kills in a victory over Diller-Odell in the state quarterfinals then Johnson-Brock in the semis.

She piled up 28 against the Griffins while hitting .277 and blocking four shots and putting together 25 digs.

The following day, she had one fewer kill (27) than Nebraska recruit Fallon Stutheit while again blocking four shots and totaling 34 digs.

Beller was one of the most well-rounded players in the state with 422 kills for the season, 47 aces, 70 solo blocks, 125 total blocks and 500 digs.

She was joined on the first team by Veick, Stutheit, Lexie Langley and Allison Deickmann of Fremont Bergan, Katelyn Linder of Pleasanton and Halle Pribyl of Meridian.

Veick had 31 digs in the win over Johnson-Brock, 31 the night before and three aces in the quarterfinals.

"Brittney is extremely deserving of this honor as well," Oelsligle said. "It definitely represents our team. Our defense stood out, but I am so happy our strongest defender is also being noticed for her exceptional work ethic, skill and influence on our team."

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family finished the season 29-5.

Danie Brandl, Jessica Olmer and Addison and Allison Schneider were all chosen Honorable Mention players.

Brandl was second on the team with 145 kills, Olmer had 84, 51 total blocks and 292 digs, Addison put together 135 kills and 113 total blocks and Allison had 451 digs and set up 706 assists as the team's primary setter.

"Danie, Jessica, Addison and Allie are also very deserving of this award. Each contributed largely to our success as well as improved immensely over the season," Oelsligle said. "These girls all accepted and thrived in their roles in order to help us reach the state championship.

"I am so proud of not only these six athletes honored, but the entire HLHF volleyball team."

Class C-2 only had one local Telegram honoree in Cross County's Cortlyn Schaefer. The sophomore was chosen Honorable Mention and led the Cougars in kills with 394, hitting percentage at .295, was second with 39 aces, tops in digging with 311 and second in assists with 122.

Class D-2 awardees included Honorable Mention for Tara Foltz, Caitlin Jorosz, Alisa Kosch and Allison Weidner of Humphrey St. Francis and Kamryn Hahn and Jadyn Johnson of Osceola.

Jarosz led St. Francis in kills with 251, Foltz was tops in aces with 20, Weidner was second with 31 blocks and totaled 177 kills and Kosch put together a team-best 433 digs.

No stats were available for Hahn and Johnson.

Nate Tenopir is the sports editor for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com

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