No matter whether it was on offense, defense, serving or the win column, the Northeast volleyball team saw its numbers go up this fall.
Despite playing in 11 fewer matches, the Rebels piled up nearly 50 more blocks than the year before, while also improving their per-set numbers in kills, aces and digs.
It meant more success for Northeast, too, as the Rebels doubled the amount of sets they won a year earlier and brought home three victories, snapping a lengthy skid in the process.
Two Rebels who played a key role in the team’s improvement were recently honored on the All-River Valley Conference team.
Junior Ellie Rickertsen was one of a dozen players to be selected as an All-River Valley North division honoree, while her senior teammate, Coby Johnson, garnered honorable mention accolades.
Whether it was setting up her teammates or finishing a pass herself, Rickertsen made her mark on the Rebels’ offense.
The junior finished second on the team with 148 assists, while also leading the team with 83 kills.
More than half (45) of those kills came during conference action and Rickertsen was one of just three River Valley North players to have at least 50 assists (she had 70) and 40 kills during league play.
Rickertsen added 73 digs for good measure and got her hands on 12 blocks.
She was second on the team with 153 serve attempts, putting 131 of them in play, while coming up with 20 aces.
The Rebels’ leader in assists this season was Johnson, who dished out 199 of them, including 109 in conference play that ranked fifth in the division.
Johnson added five kills as well and was fifth on the team with 77 digs.
No Rebel spent more time behind the service stripe. Johnson led the team with 193 serve attempts, putting 162 of them into play, while serving up 26 aces.
More than half of those aces (14) came in conference contests, helping Johnson again finish among the division’s leaders in the category.