Shenandoah volleyball seniors

The four Shenandoah volleyball seniors come together for a picture earlier this season. Pictured, from left: Natalie Gilbert, Roxy Denton, Claire Adkins and Nichole Gilbert.

Photo courtesy Jill Gilbert

SHENANDOAH – Senior Natalie Gilbert, junior Jasmine Rogers and sophomore Allie Eveland took home the varsity team awards during Shenandoah volleyball’s annual banquet, Tuesday, Nov. 5.

The banquet was held at the Shenandoah Elks Lodge and sponsored by Century Bank. Lu and Al’s Nishna Valley Café catered the meal.

Gilbert was named Miss Defense. She led the team with 279 digs for the season. She also had 12 blocks and was second on the team with 135 kills and 45 aces.

Rogers was named Miss Offense after leading the team with 148 kills. Rogers also paced the Fillies with 83 blocks.

Eveland took home the Most Improved Award. Eveland played just over 60 percent of the team’s sets during the season, but worked her way into the main rotation the last half of the season. She ended the year with 41 kills and 12 blocks.

Shenandoah head coach Toni Comstock thanked many people who helped out during the season, including the players, coaches, parents and her family members.

The Fillies finished the 2019 season with a 15-17 record. They won one Hawkeye 10 Conference match, and then won a match in the regional tournament, beating Clarinda 3-0.

The Fillies beat Class 1A state-ranked teams East Mills and Southwest Valley during the season and Comstock also talked about the opportunities they had against Harlan, Denison and Creston. Clarinda was also a winnable match. If the Fillies would have found a way to win all of those, they finish 5-5 in the conference and would have nearly won 20 matches again.

Nichole Gilbert broke the career assists record at Shenandoah as she did at least part of the setting all four years. She leaves the program with 1,902 career assists.

Nichole lettered for the fourth season, earning one of the 11 letters Comstock handed out. Natalie Gilbert lettered for the third time while Rogers, Claire Adkins and Roxy Denton took home their second letter each. Macee Blank, Eveland, Cassidy Morris, Sidda Rodewald, Olivia Stogdill and Delanie Voshell all earned their first varsity letter.

The four seniors, Denton, Adkins and the Gilbert sisters, earned an All-Academic Award from the Hawkeye 10 Conference while the team earned a Distinguished Academic Award from the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union for a Grade Point Average of 3.25 or higher.

Comstock also handed out Miss Offense, Miss Defense and Most Improved awards for the junior varsity and freshman teams.

Junior Varsity Miss Offense: Brooklen Black

Junior Varsity Miss Defense: Reese Spiegel

Junior Varsity Most Improved: Baylee Richardson

Freshman Miss Offense: Paige Gleason

Freshman Miss Defense: Sydney Edwards

Freshman Most Improved: Dezi Jordan

The senior group was a part of 72 varsity wins during their four years in the program and will be missed.

The Fillies look ahead to the 2020 season with six athletes who were part of the varsity rotation for at least part of the season and seven who earned a letter.

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