by marlys good
Greybull Lady Buffs Brett Stephens (setter), Madison Edeler (middle hitter) and Jessica Dowling (outside hitter) have been named to the Class 2A Northwest’s all-conference team.
Outside hitter Dasha Kelso was honorable mention.
The four Buffs were joined on the elite squad by Mikaela Hocker and Maddie Crawford from Rocky Mountain; Annika Dechert, Shayde LeClair, Raine Pingetzer, Taylor Robinett and Olivia Thompson of Shoshoni, Haylee Hoffman, Sierra Schmidt and Dakota Jeffs of Thermopolis and Ashtyn Hill of Riverside.
Marissa Arnold of Rocky Mountain was also an honorable mention selectee.
Senior Annika Dechert of the Lady Blue was honored as the player of the year and Christina Mills, coach of the Lady Blue, was honored by her peers as the conference coach of the year.
Coach Sara Schlattmann said Stephens, Edeler and Dowling “were very deserving of the honor.”
Stephens, a senior, led the team in service aces and assists, and was also the floor leader. “Brett had a strong work ethic and a passion for the game,” said Schlattmann.
Edeler, a junior, “led the team in blocks and kills. Over the course of the year, Madi made huge gains with her attack; she will be a big threat in the middle for us next year,” according to her coach.
Dowling, also a junior, was second in kills and an integral part of the Buff team on defense and serve receive. “Jessica is such a joy to coach. She is quiet, but absolutely hardworking. She, too, showed a lot of improvement in her attack, and in addition, was a very strong server.”
Kelso, a sophomore, “was third in kills and a major part of serve receive and defense. Dasha’s confidence was the area where I saw the most improvement, as well as her attack,” Schlattmann said. “She places the ball well and reads the defense well.”
Schlattmann emphasized that while the four were deserving of the honor, “Unfortunately we do not get to recognize every girl on the team. It goes without saying that those who receive all-conference honors certainly have their teammates to thank, because you can’t win games with three or four girls. It takes a team.”