Alexis Conaway watched one of her future college volleyball teammates celebrate a state title Friday. Then Conaway ran onto the court and won one for herself.
Conaway, a senior outside hitter for MOC-FV of Orange City, will play for Iowa State next fall. She will be joined by Harlan’s Jess Schaben, a junior middle hitter, a year later.
“It’s fun to think we’re going to be teammates,” Conaway said.
The athletes are teammates elsewhere — both have been named to the Des Moines Sunday Register Elite all-state volleyball team.
Iowans are taking advantage of DivisionI opportunities. At least 18 seniors said they plan to play Division I volleyball; at least seven juniors have already committed, including Schaben.
Clinton senior Monique Harris, who also has announced she’ll play at Iowa State, is the Elite team setter. Dike-New Hartford’s Briana Weber, a junior who led her school to a third straight state title Friday, was picked as an outside hitter for the second time.
Ankeny’s Claire Wandrey is the libero. Fort Madison Holy Trinity’s Mikaela Foecke is the other middle hitter.
The Des Moines Sunday Register’s all-state volleyball selections have been made since 2004. Ballots were sent to all of the state’s coaches, who were asked to provide statistics and comments. The responses helped provide a basis for the selections. Other criteria can include: value to team, leadership, character, statistics and honors.
MH Mikaela Foecke, Fort Madison Holy Trinity, jr.
MH Jess Schaben, Harlan, jr.
OH Briana Weber, Dike-New Hartford, jr.
OH Alexis Conaway, MOC-FV (Orange City), sr.
S Monique Harris, Clinton, sr.
L Claire Wandrey, Ankeny, sr.
MH: Kaz Brown, Cedar Falls, sr.
MH: Megan Ballenger, Ankeny, jr.
OH: Jaali Winters, Ankeny Centennial, jr.
OH: Kyla Inderski, Urbandale, sr.
S: Monique Harris, Clinton, sr.
L: Claire Wandrey, Ankeny, sr.
MH: Devan Porter, Bettendorf, sr.
MH: Caitlin Wernentin, Bettendorf, sr.
OH: Amanda Ollinger, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, so.
OH: Jalynn Roberts-Lewis, Des Moines Roosevelt, sr.
S: Jessi Henter, W.D.M. Dowling Cath., sr.
L: Morgan Waterman, Pleasant Valley, sr.
MH: Jess Schaben, Harlan, jr.
MH: Elena Gray, Waverly-Shell Rock, jr.
OH: Danielle Cabel, Daven. Assumption, sr.
OH: Jordan Runge, Solon, jr.
S: Kaylee Smith, Indianola, sr.
L: Asia Kloewer, Harlan, jr.
MH: Mariah McPartland, Boone, jr.
MH: Michaela Bleeker, Newton, sr.
OH: Kayla Torson, Cedar Rapids Xavier, jr.
OH: Torrie Hook, ADM (Adel), sr.
S: Hali Hillegas, Charles City, jr.
L: Abby Caldwell, Waverly-Shell Rock, sr.
MH: Jessica VanBeek, Sheldon, sr.
MH: Alex Miner, Gilbert, jr.
OH: Alexis Conaway, MOC-FV (Orange City), sr.
OH: Claire Ludwig, Carroll Kuemper, sr.
S: Morgan Melchert, Mount Vernon, jr.
L: Breann Bader, Union (LaPorte City), sr.
MH: Kelsey Redmond, Iowa Falls-Alden, jr.
MH: Emily Mathews, Garner-Hayfield/Ventura, sr.
OH: Kate Walker, Red Oak, jr.
OH: Libby Schnoor, Camanche, sr.
S: Michaela Matuska, Nevada, jr.
L: Molly Kelly, West Liberty, jr.
MH: Brooke Morgan, Dike-N. Hartford, jr.
MH: Kally Frisch, Sumner-Fredericks., sr.
OH: Briana Weber, Dike-New Hartford, Jr.
OH: Kasey Reuter, Hinton, sr.
S: Rachel Koop, Dike-New Hartford, jr.
L: Riley Sents, Grundy Center, jr.
MH: Kylie Ferguson, C.B. St. Albert, sr.
MH: Haley Birks, South Central Calhoun, jr.
OH: Karlie Taylor, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, so.
OH: Augusta Sinclair, Pleasantville, sr.
S: Jamie Gesink, Western Christian (Hull), jr.
L: Alissa Pollema, Western Christian, sr.
MH: Mikaela Foecke, Fort Madison Holy Trinity, jr.
MH: Maddie Thompson, Des Moines Grandview Park Baptist, sr.
OH: Carmen Subbert, Stanton, sr.
OH: Kendyl Sorge, Janesville, jr.
S: Maria Vonderhaar, Fort Madison Holy Trinity, jr.
L: Sydney Danker, Guthrie Center, jr.
MH: Noreen Morrow, Harris-Lake Park, sr.
MH: Jordan Carter, Sigourney, jr.
OH: Kameo Pope, Belle Plaine, sr.
OH: Olivia Yutzy, Iowa Mennonite (Kalona), sr.
S: Casey Perez, Iowa Mennonite, sr.
L: Destiny Christopher, Janesville, sr.