Volleyball: Johansen, Kado and Peterson recognized for DSC play
Spring Valley and Elmwood's 2018 volleyball seasons came to an end during the first and second rounds of the WIAA playoffs, but three players from the two teams received Dunn-St. Croix All-Conference honors to commemorate their notable conference play.
Spring Valley junior Alyxis Johansen was named to the conference's All-Conference First Team after ranking as a top 10 DSC player in kills, aces and blocks. Johansen, the Cardinals' starting right side hitter, recorded 169 kills (sixth-best in the DSC), 30 aces (seventh-best) and 28 total blocks (eighth-best) and was 93 percent from the service line in her junior campaign.
Johansen was the focal point of the Cardinals' offense this season, and is likely to carry out a similar, large role for her team her senior year.
"(Johansen) was our team leader on and off the court, and I look forward to working with her for another year," Cardinals' head coach Kelli Schlegel said. "She's a competitor with some big goals in mind."
Johansen's teammate Mataya Kado received All-Conference honorable mention honors and made huge strides as a junior middle hitter. Kado recorded 62 kills as a sophomore, but that number nearly doubled in her 2018 season. The junior middle hitter tallied up 120 kills in 2018 and added 25 total blocks to her stat line, becoming one of the top 15 DSC players in both categories.
"(Kado) has got the drive to win and to better herself," Schlegel said. "I also look forward to working with her one more year because she's got more talent, effort and heart in herself that she can show to everyone."
Schlegel said she also nominated senior Quinn Anderson for All-Conference honors, but the defensive specialist didn't make the cut. Nonetheless, she leaves behind large shoes for her underclassmen to fill next year.
Anderson's dig total surged in 2018 as she went from nine total digs in the 2017 season to 151 in her final campaign.
"Although she didn't receive any All-Conference honors, I am really proud of Quinn for everything she's done this year," Schlegel said. "She really stepped up as a senior and put all her heart and effort into this team."
Elmwood was represented on the honorable mention list by senior outside hitter Alyssa Peterson.
The four-year varsity player recorded 114 kills, 102 digs and two blocks in her final run as a Raider.
Elk Mound's senior middle hitter Morgan Radtke was named the DSC's Player of the Year after recording 494 kills, 193 digs, 86 blocks and 37 aces.