It's time to wrap up the Year In Review series with a look back at the 2015 volleyball season in Crawford County.
St. Mary’s Colgan
The Panthers recorded their best season in school history, posting a 39-5 overall record and matched the highest placing at state in the program’s history as well.
The Panthers were led by Kylee Duncan, Haydn Dawson, Madison Marietta and Emily Paterni who all were named to the Morning Sun’s All-County Volleyball Team in November.
Dawson had 390 kills, while Duncan had 381.
The Panther’s finished the season by placing third at the KSHSAA Class 2A State Tournament.
St. Mary’s Colgan fell to Olathe-Heritage Christian Academy 2-1 (25-20, 17-25 and 25-23) in the semi finals. However, the Panthers defeated Spearville 3-0 in scores of 25-19, 22-25 and 25-19 to end the season on a right note.
The Trojans posted a 19-17 overall record and came up short at the Class 4A Sub-State Tournament, losing to Frontenac in a hard-fought contest in the semifinals.
The Trojans were powered by Sydnee Crain, whose 230 kills and 83 hit percentage were near the tops on the team.
Ashley Ray put up 418 kills and a 35.5 hitting percentage.
Crain would also record 141 digs. while Ray had 72 total blocks.
The Frontenac Raiders returned to the Class 4A State Tournament after missing out in 2014 by winning their sub-state tournament in Girard.
Even though the Raiders didn’t make the semifinals, Frontenac still finished the year with a 28-12 overall record.
At the Class 4A Division II State Tournament, the Raiders fell to Pratt 2-0 and Concordia 2-1.
Lauren Hipfl and Emily Merando helped carry the way, as Hipfl led the team with 314 kills, while Merando had 250 digs to go with her eight kills.
Merando also had 31 aces, which were the second most on the team.
Kaylee Harper put up 207 kills, the second most on the team. Her 55 total blocks helped the Raiders at the net defensively.
With new head coach Megan Mantooth taking over, the Purple Dragons put together a 26-14 record that ended at Sub-State.
The Purple Dragons defeated Kansas City-JC Harmon in two sets before losing to St. Thomas Aquinas in two sets to end the season.
Abbie Casper’s 265 assists, 44 kills, 18 blocks, 30 digs and 33 aces in 280 serves helped carry the team, while Taylor Muff had 373 kills, 63 blocks, 37 assists and 44 aces in 349 serves made.
Facing a rebuilding year, the Lancers went 7-27.
Kayln Bitner had 195 kills and 497 attacks, while Bailee Ulery had 144 kills and 408 attacks.
Ulery also had 64 blocks, while Bitner had 86 along with her 21 aces.
The Vikings went 8-23 in 2015.
Kelsea Choate served as a workhorse for the Vikings as the libero, finishing with 428 digs and 32 kills. She ended the year as part of the all-conference team in the Three Rivers League for the second consecutive year.