All-Conference honors for five Lady Bison

Receiving All-Conference honors for volleyball this fall are North Iowa Lady Bison teammates, from left: Sydney Sabin (First Team), Paige Pike (Second Team), Katelin Adams (First Team), Cas Peterson (Honorable Mention), and Hannah Main (Second Team).

     North Iowa is well represented on the Top of Iowa All-Conference volleyball teams this year, with five Lady Bison receiving honors.

     Senior Katelin Adams and junior Sydney Sabin were both named to the First Team All-Conference, while senior Paige Pike and junior Hannah Main were both named to the Second Team All-Conference. Junior Cas Peterson received All-Conference Honorable Mention.

     Adams led the Lady Bison offense for 2018, as she scored 230 kills with an efficiency of 0.196. She was among the team’s top servers, as she went 223/256 and scored 45 aces. On defense, she made 17 blocks and 89 digs.

     “Katelin’s kills and energy fueled our team throughout the season,” said Head Coach Micah Peters. “She stepped up every time we needed her to and showed everyone why she has that spot. Her aggressive serving was also invaluable to our team. Her height on the block and ball control on her digs will be missed next year.”

     Sabin led North Iowa in digs this fall with 256. She served 203/219 and made 34 aces.

     “Perhaps one of the most underrated and underappreciated parts of volleyball is passing,” said Peters. “Sydney was a problem for every opposing team in serve receive and on defense. Her consistency and control allowed us to run our offense, while frustrating the other team’s defense. Her effort on the court and her leadership on and off of the court were invaluable. I’m looking forward to having her back next year.”

     Pike was second on the kill leaderboard with 148, and she served 200/209 with 26 aces. She totaled 12 blocks and had 168 digs.

     “As her stats show, Paige was one of our best all-around players,” said Coach Peters. “She was rock-solid behind the serving line, in serve receive, on defense, and attacking the ball. Her contributions on the court will be nearly irreplaceable. Her versatility and leadership paved the way for a great season.”

     Main was the team’s top server, as she went 342/352 for a serve efficiency of 0.972. She led in aces with 47, and she also contributed to the scoring effort with 520 assists.

     “Second only to passing, setting is another underappreciated position on the court,” said Peters. “Hannah was reliable and hustled after everything – even if it meant she was sprinting across the court. Our entire offense depended on Hannah’s ball control and effort. She proved game after game, match after match that she was meant to be the quarterback of our team. I frequently referred to her and Sydney as my cornerstones. Everything we did was built off of their successes, and I expect next year will be no different.”

     Peterson was another strong server this year, going 217/233 with 25 aces. She also had 77 kills and made 13 blocks.

     “Cas made herself a threat in every position and had her most success in the middle,” said Peters. “I was really impressed with the way she adjusted – regardless of where I moved her. She was also a great asset in case Hannah took the first ball, and we needed another set of hands to run our offense. Cas’ contributions were behind the serving line, blocking on defense, and most importantly attacking the ball. I’m looking forward to having her again next fall.”