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Hanson, Norby receive all-state volleyball honors

Riley Hanson and Megan Norby received all-state and state tournament honors after leading the Nevis volleyball team to the consolation title at this year's state Class A tournament.

Hanson and Norby were among 14 players named to the state Class A team and were among 10 players named to the state Class A all-tournament team. Hanson was also one of the six finalists for the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association Player of the Year.

Hanson, a senior middle hitter, led the Tigers with 609 kills, 50 solo blocks, 109 assisted blocks and 98 ace serves and was second in service points with 269 and digs with 283 while playing all 105 sets.

In her career, Hanson compiled 355 ace serves, 2,515 kills, 229 solo blocks, 612 assisted blocks and 1,283 digs. Hanson holds school records for kills in a match (33), blocks in a match (13), ace serves in a match (15), kills in a season (681), blocks in a season (112), kills in a career (2,514), total blocks in a career (841) and ace serves in a career (355).

Norby, a junior middle hitter, led the Tigers with 278 service points and 324 digs and was second in kills with 378, service aces with 65 and solo blocks with 18 while adding 64 assisted blocks. Norby played in 104 sets.

Norby has 315 career aces, 1,266 career kills and 1,167 career digs and holds school records for ace serves in a match (15) and ace serves in a season (124).

Those two led the Tigers to a 26-9-1 overall record, including a 7-0 conference record and a 3-6-1 record against teams that were rated in the final state polls. Nevis defeated Central Minnesota Christian (No. 18 Class A), Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (No. 9 Class A) and Underwood (No. 12 Class A), tied Henning (No. 10 Class A), and lost to Wabasha-Kellogg (No. 2 Class A), Mayer Lutheran (No. 5 Class A), Win-E-Mac (No. 8 Class A), Wadena-Deer Creek (No. 9 Class AA) and Roseville twice (No. 12 Class AAA). Nevis ended the season rated No. 6 in the Class A poll.

The Tigers repeated as Section 5A champs with wins over Royalton, Onamia, Braham and B-B-E before falling to Win-E-Mac in the first round of the state Class A tournament. Nevis rebounded to defeat Martin County West and Underwood to claim the consolation title. Nevis also won the consolation title in 2009 and was the state runner-up last season.

Other statistical leaders for the Tigers this season were junior Olivia Toft (933 set assists, 57 ace serves, 210 service points, 182 digs); sophomore Denia Brown (107 kills, 91 total blocks); freshman Hannah Bliss (67 kills, 52 total blocks); senior Katie Becker (47 kills, 33 ace serves, 149 service points, 198 digs); senior Kate Dierkhising (48 ace serves, 183 service points) and junior Savannah Gatewood (192 digs).