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Meet the 2018 Star Tribune All-Metro volleyball team

By JIM PAULSEN, Star Tribune, 11/05/18, 4:45PM CST

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Also see the players named to this year's second and third teams as well.


The All-Metro team, from left, Izzy Ashburn (Champlin Park), Kennedi Orr and Ellie Husemann (Eagan), Rachel Kilkelly (Shakopee), Marissa Hinkle (Rosemount), Elizabeth Juhnke (Lakeville North). Photos: Renee Jones Schneider, Star Tribune

All-metro first team







All-Metro first-team members sound off on….

What is your hidden talent?

If you ruled volleyball, what would you change?

Who is your biggest volleyball influence?

Elizabeth Juhnke Strategizing, doing puzzles and board games. Less subbing so you are forced to develop players. My parents.
Kennedi Orr I am secretly good at pogo sticking. I would make it legal to cross the 10-foot line when back-row attacking. My sister Brie [who plays at Iowa].
Rachel Kilkelly I can do an aerial [cartwheel]. Play balls off the walls and the scoreboards. My mom, because she has always pushed me to be the best I can be, She has always been my biggest fan.
Ellie Husemann I can jump into a pool without getting my hair wet. That you don’t have to follow a rotation. My coach [Kathy] Gillen. I’ve known her since I was in sixth grade and she’s always been my role model.
Izzy Ashburn Braiding. Challenges in high school. Sydney Hilley [who plays at Wisconsin].
Mari Hinkle I can do a backflip. The net rule. My sister [Jordan] because she is the one who got me into volleyball and coached me with defense.

All-metro second team

Lauren Clark
Champlin Park, senior, OH
College: Penn State
Athletic and explosive. A dominant hitter at the net. 

Kyndra Hansen
Mahtomedi, senior, OH
College: Iowa
Did it all for the Zephyrs. Had 262 kills and 253 digs. 

Jasmine Mulvihill
Lakeville South, senior, OH
College: Concordia (St. Paul)
Six rotation player who hits and blocks with equal skill. 

Maddie Whittington
Stillwater, junior,MH
College: Illinois
At 6-4, she dominates on the front row.

Stephanie Barber
East Ridge, senior, S
College: West Florida
Greatly improved in consistency and versatility. 

Cianna Selbitschka
North Branch, junior, OH
College: Minnesota-Duluth
Already the school-record holder in kills (1,661). 

Alena Moldan
Lakeville South, junior, L
College: New Mexico
Energetic defensive leader with 434 digs.

All-metro third team

Christine Graf, Edina, sr., OH
Kali Wolf, Waconia, jr., OH
Anna Erickson, Hopkins, sr., OH
Kira Fallert, Concordia Academy, soph., OH
Sophia Andersen, New Prague, jr., S
Ella Haugen, Edina, sr., S
Kaitlyn Weimerskirch, Champlin Park, sr., L


How the team was chosen

The Star Tribune’s all-metro teams and Metro Player of the Year were chosen based on nominations from metro-area coaches, conversations with coaches and staff observations.

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