Platte County grad Mair earns NJCAA All-American spot for volleyball

Platte County graduate Maren Mair was one of just four freshmen to make the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II All-American first team in volleyball for this past season. Playing at Johnson County (Kan.) Community College, Mair ranked second in the Jayhawk Conference and ninth among NJCAA Division II players in hitting percentage at .367. She also ranked 11th in the conference in kills per set at 3.06, 20th in total kills with 321 and 16th in blocks per set at 0.74. Her 321 kills ranked second for the Cavaliers, and she led them with 10 solo blocks and 88 total blocks.

Johnson County went 35-7 and won the East Jayhawk Conference and District M titles, placing fifth at nationals.

In addition to the All-American honor, Mair was selected first-team All-District M and first-team All-East Jayhawk Conference. She also won East Jayhawk Conference freshman of the year honors — a first for a Johnson County player.

“Maren was an offensive threat to almost every opponent she faced,” Johnson County coach Jennifer Ei said. “She was not a flashy player but a player that made you notice because of how smart she was with each attempt on offense.”

A 2015 Platte County graduate, Mair became the fifth player for the Pirates to make the Missouri High School Volleyball Coaches Association all-state team and the first to do so in Class 4. She made the second team after leading the Pirates on offense during the best two seasons in program history.

Platte County went 33-3-2 in her senior season, advancing to the playoffs for the third time in school history and reaching the Class 4 quarterfinals. The 33 wins are a program record, topping the previous mark set in 2013.