Maren Mair recently became the first player in Platte County history to receive Class 4 all-state honors from the Missouri High School Volleyball Coaches Association, making the second team. Overall, the Pirates have now had four players selected to since the MHSVCA started selecting teams in 1985, according to the organization’s website.
Signed to continue her career at Johnson County (Kan.) Community College, Mair made the second team after recording team-highs of 203 kills and 107 blocks. The 6-foot-1 senior led the Pirates in kills for a second straight season, helping them to a second straight playoff appearance and a 33-3-2 mark — a single-season program record for wins.
Platte County made the program’s third trip to the state quarterfinals, according to Missouri State High School Activities Association records, and the first since moving up to Missouri’s largest classification.
Taylor Johnson (Class 3 first team, 2010), Molley Scanlon (Class 3 second team, 2008) and Carrie Hicklin (Class 3A second team, 1997) are Platte County’s other all-state selections in volleyball.
Park Hill’s Olivia Nowakowski joined Mair on the second team.
Signed to play next year at Division II Northwest Missouri State University, the senior libero finished this season with 498 digs — a school record for a single season — and she totaled more than 1,000 in her career. She also recorded team-highs of 42 aces and 145 service points during the Trojans’ 11-19-2 season.
Park Hill’s most recent all-state selection was Alex Kelly, who made the Class 4 second team in 2006.
Park Hill South senior Kayla Wainwright made this year’s honorable mention list after helping the Panthers reach the Class 4 District 15 championship match, which ended with a Liberty victory to start the Blue Jays’ playoff run. Liberty went on to defeat District 16 champion Platte County in the quarterfinals, the Blue Jays’ third win against the Pirates on the season. Last year, Park Hill South garnered three spots on the MHSVCA all-state teams after finishing second at state in Class 4, but this year’s roster featured a bevy of newcomers. Wainwright, who recorded one kill and seven digs in the state third-place match, led the Panthers this season with 250 kills and 23½ blocks and ranked second with 189 digs.
MISSOURI HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION ALL-STATE
Olivia Nowakowski, sr., Park Hill; Maren Mair, sr., Platte County
Kayla Wainwright, sr., Park Hill South
Olivia Nowakowski, sr., Park Hill; Maren Mair, sr., Platte County;
Kayla Wainwright, sr., Park Hill South; Kenedy Knox, jr., Platte County
Katelin Dillee, sr., North Platte; Katie Heese, jr., North Platte
Olivia Elder, sr., West Platte; Baylie Wilson, sr., North Platte
ALL-SUBURBAN LEAGUE RED DIVISION
Kayla Wainwright, sr., Park Hill South; Andi Elley, so., Park Hill South; Olivia Nowakowski, sr., Park Hill
Katrina Kaltefleiter, sr., Park Hill South; Alex Rothers, jr., Park Hill South; Hannah Martin, sr., Park Hill
Allison Sadler, so., Park Hill South; Bri Bartosh, so., Park Hill South
ALL-SUBURBAN LEAGUE BLUE DIVISION
Maren Mair, sr., Platte County; Teryn Scott, sr., Platte County; Kenedy Knox, jr., Platte County; Melissa Ditter, sr., Platte County
Mickey Trimble, sr., Platte County; Riley Stephens, sr., Platte County; Maggie Palmer, sr., Platte County
Katelin Dillee*, sr., North Platte; Olivia Elder*, sr., West Platte; Katie Heese, jr., North Platte
Baylie Wilson, sr., North Platte; Mattie Vandel, sr., West Platte
Jordan Schultz, so., West Platte; Gretchen Hiatt, jr., West Platte; Holly Sanders, jr., North Platte
(*) — denotes unanimous selection