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Columbus High volleyball achieved several major accomplishments in 2018, including a sub-district title, a Greater Nebraska Conference tournament championship, a fourth straight season with 10 or more wins and the highest win total in three years.

Two of the major factors in achieving all those marks were a pair of juniors who hope to continue the momentum into next year.

Right side hitter and setter Jaidyn Garrett and libero Kylie Wisehart were chosen Class B All-State Honorable Mention by the Lincoln Journal Star when the awardees list was recently released.

"Jaidyn and Kylie are both very deserving of this honor," coach Jeri Otten said in comments sent to The Telegram. "Jaidyn was undoubtedly our offensive leader while, likewise, Kylie led our defense."

Garrett has been a fixture in the rotation for two years now, proving her versatility both as a hitter and a ball handler. Although she stands at just 5 feet 7 inches tall, she was the top offensive weapon for Columbus.

Wiseheart was the top defensive specialist for the group, consistently passing on serve receive and making several high-quality digs every time out.

Both were also effective from the serving line.

"In almost every match, Jaidyn would lead the team in kills while also running our offense as one of our setters in our 6-2 attack," Otten said. "On the defensive side of things, Kylie led our team in digs and serve receive percentage. Both of those things are invaluable in creating opportunities for our offense."

To Otten's point, Garrett led the team in kills with 25 and set up 30 assists at the GNAC tournament. Wisehart made 27 total digs. Those two efforts ended a long weekend on a high note with a win over Gering, a victory over Scottsblut and a championship takedown of Hastings.

Hastings had defeated Columbus twice already earlier in the year before the Discoverers took home the team trophy.

"These two athletes work hard and compete," Otten said. "Those are two of the biggest things a coach needs from their athletes. This distinction is an excellent and deserving honor to reward their efforts this season."

Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at

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