LANSING — Whether it’s Divisions 1 and 2 or Divisions 3 and 4, building a deep run within the volleyball postseason is never an easy task for area teams.
With so much talent on the court, it always seems to go the way of anyone can knock anyone out at any given point.
Recently, the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association (MIVCA) released its collection of all-state lists for each division, with a handful out of Northern Michigan making the cut.
From the local area, Boyne City’s Morgan Deming, Charlevoix’s Grace Lentz and Patria Muriel and Pellston’s Jordyn Daily and Grace Morse all earned honors. Inland Lakes also had Natalie Wandrie and Ryann Clancy make the cut.
Deming, who earned honorable mention in Division 2, finished her junior year as a middle hitter with 308 kills and 97.5 total blocks, while taking a jump up of 162 kills this year. She also had 60 aces and 104 digs.
Charlevoix’s duo in Division 3 each earned third team all-state honors, with Lentz closing her career with 532 kills and 72 blocks. She also fully rotated and showed her versatility with 298 digs and 352 serve receptions.
Muriel was a two-year varsity player after transferring into the area and capped her career as a libero with 672 digs. She also had 565 serve receptions and 73 aces.
Pellston’s two recognized in Division 4 each earned honorable mention, with Daily an outside hitter and Morse a middle hitter. Each started for multiple seasons at the varsity level.
Inland Lakes’ Wandrie and Clancy, an outside hitter and libero respectively, each earned third team in Division 4.
Also out of Northern Michigan Cadillac’s Renee Brines earned first team in Division 2, teammate Carissa Musta was honorable mention and Avery Benoit of Sault Ste. Marie was honorable mention as well.
Jayden Marlatt of Johannesburg-Lewiston earned honorable mention in Division 3, as did Grayling’s Kynadi Dole.
In Division 4, Traverse City Christian placed Emma Mirabelli on the first team, Pickford’s Elizabeth Storey earned third team, as did Leland’s Alexis Luce, while the honorable mention list included Rudyard’s Brooklynn Besteman, Onaway’s Cloe Ehrke and Lexi Horton, Leland’s Fiona Noord and Onekama’s Sophie Wisniski.
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This article originally appeared on The Petoskey News-Review: MIVCA awards five area volleyball players with all-state honors