Faribault Bethlehem Academy libero Mia Potter was named Gopher Conference Player of the Year for the recently completed volleyball season. The Cardinals finished their season last weekend with a third place finish at the MSHSL State Tournament in St. Paul.
BA was undefeated in the Gopher Conference this season capturing their 22nd Gopher Conference championship. They participated in their 14th State Tournament finishing with a 22-12 overall record.
The Cardinals were ranked #9 in the final Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association Class A poll.
Senior Ellie Cohen was named All-State. Cohen is going to play volleyball at South Dakota State University. Junior Kate Trump was selected to the Class A State All-Tournament Team.
There were six seniors on the Cardinals team. In addition to Potter and Cohen were Madelyn Bauer, Emily Casper, Jennifer Robert and Katie Seidel.
In the third place match at state, Potter went over the career 1,000 digs mark after collecting over 800 digs in her senior season. Remember 2020 was a shortened season due to the pandemic with no postseason whatsoever.
In 2021 Potter was successful on 92% of her serves, 95% of her sets, 80% of attacks and received serve 96% of the time.
The Gopher Conference 1st Team All-Conference selections:
Kate Trump Junior Bethlehem Academy
Reese Bauman Junior Hayfield
Tessa Erlandson Junior Kenyon-Wanamingo
Isabel Deleon Senior Medford
Hallie Schultz Soph. New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva
Alex Heuss Senior Waterville-Elysian-Morristown
2nd Team All-Conference
Ellie Cohen Senior Bethlehem Academy
Leah Berg Senior Kenyon-Wanamingo
McKenna Chick Senior Hayfield
Clara Kniefel Senior Medford
Sophie Stork Senior NRHEG
Melany Ehlert Senior United South Central
Riley Sammon Senior W-E-M
3rd Teams All-Conference
Reagan Kangas Junior Bethlehem Academy
Clair Adams Senior Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton
Josi Quam Junior Kenyon-Wanamingo
Morgan Schendel Senior Maple River
Julia Niles Senior Medford
Anna Olson Junior Randolph
Claire Bohlen Soph. W-E-M
Honorable Mention All-Conference
Lindsay Hanson Junior Bethlehem Academy
Abbie Hefling Junior Blooming Prairie
Haeven Skjervem Junior Hayfield
Sydney Gahlon Senior J-W-P
Stella Rechtzigel Senior Kenyon-Wanamingo
Annalivia Blair Senior Maple River
Mackenzie Kellen Senior Medford
Erin Jacobson Junior NRHEG
Paige Ford Junior Randolph
Cameron Vermilyea Junior Triton
Kyllah Curry Soph. United South Central
Josie Volkmann Soph. W-E-M
Sportsmanship Award Recipients were a member of the varsity roster during the season or at the end of the regular season but did not have to be on the postseason roster. They exemplified good sportsmanship qualities.
Sportsmanship Award Winners
Jennifer Robert Senior Bethlehem Academy
Madi Lea Junior Blooming Prairie
Bella Lubbert Senior Hayfield
Alexa Cords Senior J-W-P
Arin Kyllo Senior Kenyon-Wanamingo
Maya Doyen Senior Maple River
Hannah Schull Senior Medford
Rhys Martin Senior NRHEG
Mackenzie Farrington Junior Randolph
Keara Ross Senior Triton
Hannah Meyer Senior United South Central
Grace Petersen Senior W-E-M
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