By Bret Hayworth | Photos by Matthew Putney
The 2022 Iowa high school volleyball season ended Nov. 3 after five champion teams were crowned in the Class 1A to 5A field at Xtream Arena in Coralville. SBLive Iowa has selected more than 20 top players who performed at high levels for special recognition, plus the Coach of the Year and all-newcomer team. Each of the first, second and third teams are comprised of players that cover each of the court positions.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Lily Dykstra, Urbandale, outside hitter, senior
COACH OF THE YEAR
Tammi Verbeek, Hull Western Christian
The Wolfpack won the Class 2A championship, to nab an 18th program volleyball title. They did it by defeating top seed Dike-New Hartford, as the senior-laden team players under Verbeek played an impressive match. Western Christian won 3-2 in an instant classic, coming back from being down 14-11 in the fifth set, fending off several match points to take the crown. Verbeek began the season ranked second in Iowa career coaching wins, and now has 1,089 wins.
UNDERCLASSMAN OF THE YEAR
Reese Naeve, Regina Catholic, outside hitter
Lily Dykstra, Urbandale, outside hitter, senior
Dykstra had another strong year for Class 5A Urbandale, putting down 555 kills to rank fifth among preps. She also hit at .296 efficiency, and has signed to play at the University of Northern Iowa.
Isabelle Elliott, Sumner-Fredricksburg, outside hitter, junior
Elliott led all Iowa high schoolers with a whopping 677 kills, plus hit at .454 efficiency. She has one more year to play for S-F and has committed to UNI.
Cassidy Hartman, Iowa City Liberty, middle blocker, senior
Hartman was a key cog for the Class 5A title team, totalling 538 kills to rank ninth in the state. She will play collegiately at Western Illinois University, and hit at .348.
Ella Meyer, Western Dubuque, defensive specialist/libero, senior
Western Dubuque won a state title in 2021 and made the tourney again in 2022. Meyer led the entire state with 675 digs, and served 65 aces to pace Western Dubuque. Meyer also will play at Western Illinois.
Madeliene Miller, Mount Vernon, setter, senior
Setter Miller had 1,013 assists this year, to rank sixth among Iowa preps. She ran the offense of the team that advanced to the Class 3A state tourney semifinals, and defensively had 245 digs.
Payton Petersen, Dike-New Hartford, outside hitter, junior
Petersen hit at .365 efficiency, and had 515 kills. In previous strong seasons for Petersen, the Wolverines won Class 2A state titles in 2020 and 2021, and finished second this year. She has committed to play at the University of Louisville, so all four sisters in her family will play Division I volleyball.
Stella Winterfeld, Hull Western Christian, outside hitter, senior
Western Christian won the Class 2A title, when Winterfeld, who will play for South Dakota State University, had 24 kills. For the season, the 5-10 Winterfeld had 425 kills, to place 11th, and hit at .351.
Chloe Cline, Pleasant Valley, middle blocker, senior
Cline is a 6-1 middle blocker who excelled on the 2021 Class 5A title team and the 2022 runner-up squad. This year she amassed 273 kills and 71 blocks, both of which were second among players on the 29-win PV team.
Shelby Kimm, Iowa City Liberty, outside hitter, senior
A St. Cloud (Minn.) State recruit, the 6-0 outside hitter helped the Class 5A title team team through her squad-leading 448 digs and 42 aces. Additionally, Kimm had 344 kills, for second place among Lightning players.
Olivia Lombardi, Des Moines Christian, libero/defensive specialist, senior
A 5-7 libero, Lombardi was the defensive key piece on the Class 3A top-seeded team. She dug up 547 digs, to rank eighth, and was one of the better servers in the state, getting 74 aces.
Chloe Meester, Mount Vernon, outside hitter, sophomore
Meester was the most dominating sophomore attacker in Iowa, ringing up 514 kills as a 6-2 hitter. She hit at .421 for the Class 3A Mount Vernon team with 35 wins.
Ava Schubert, Davenport Assumption, outside hitter, senior
Class 3A Assumption flew to a 2022 state title, aided by 6-1 right side hitter Schubert. In this season, Schubert had 366 kills to lead the Knights, plus led the team with 65 aces, while hitting at .305.
Halle Vice, Pleasant Valley, outside hitter, senior
A 6-1 hitter, Vice was a second key senior along with Cline for the team that placed second in Class 5A. Vice led the team with 281 kills, hit at .243 and amassed 241 digs, which ranked second among the Spartans. Vice has signed to play basketball for Marquette University.
Avery Van Hook, Marion, setter, senior
Van Hook is a 5-9 setter who has committed to the University of South Dakota. The left-hander was a Class 4A standout who passed out 925 assists for the Marion squad that had 35 wins.
Bliss Beck, Clear Creek-Amana, middle blocker, junior
CC-A got on a roll in the Class 3A tourney, and finished second. The 6-2 junior Beck led the Clippers in blocks (153) and kills (399), and hit at .411 efficiency.
Mackenzie Dean, Dowling Catholic, outside hitter, junior
Dean was Dowling’s most powerful offensive weapon. For the Class 5A state tourney qualifying team, Dean had 390 kills and 40 ace serves, leading the Maroons in both categories.
Gabby Deery, Burlington Notre Dame, middle blocker/outside hitter, senior
Deery wrapped an outstanding career, which included a 2021 Class 1A title. Deery, a 6-1 hitter, this year led the 31-win Nikes with 538 kills (which ranked eighth overall) and additionally hit at .304. She will play for the University of Iowa.
Abby Hayes, North Scott, outside hitter, sophomore
One of only three sophomores on the list, Hayes is a 6-2 hitter who led the Class 4A state tourney semi-finalist squad with 360 kills. She also hit at .282 efficiency.
Monica Morales, West Liberty, libero/defensive specialist, senior
Morales was a vital defensive piece for the 2021 Class 4A title team and the 2022 state qualifying squad. A 5-5 libero, Morales had 650 digs to rank third in that stat, and served 35 aces.
Jadyn Petersen, Dike-New Hartford, outside hitter, junior
Petersen is the twin sister of first team member Payton Petersen. The Wolverines finished second in Class 2A, and Petersen, who had 15 kills in the championship, finished with more than 300 kills and 300 digs. She will play at UNI.
Ellie Schubert, Davenport Assumption, setter, sophomore
Assumption won the Class 3A title with Schubert at the offensive helm. She passed out 1,047 assists, which ranked fifth of all Iowa setters.
Brynn Bakula, Cedar Falls, setter, freshman
Bakula was one of the few freshmen performing at a high level on a ranked Class 5A squad. She stepped into the starting setter role for the Tigers, and ranked second among all freshmen in the state with 931 assists..
Bailey Boeve, Hinton, middle/outside hitter, freshman
Boeve led all freshmen in blocks and was also second among ninth graders with 331 kills.Hinton was a Class 2A state-qualifying team.
Ellah Derrer, Davenport Assumption, middle hitter, freshman
One of the tallest top freshmen at 6-3, Derrer performed well for the Class 3A Assumption team that won a championship. Her 72 blocks were ninth among freshmen and second best among Knights players.
Addison Hochstetler, North Tama, defensive specialist/libero, freshman
The 516 digs by Hochstetler placed her first among all Iowa ninth graders, as she played for the highly ranked Class 2A Redhawks team with more than 30 wins.
Isabelle Kremer, Pleasant Valley, middle hitter, freshman
Playing for the 2022 Class 5A runners-up, Kremer hit at .304 efficiency as the team’s top freshman, plus put down 123 kills.
Ellie Muller, Dowling Catholic, middle hitter, freshman
Class 5A Dowling had more than 30 wins to be among the top teams in Iowa, and Muller’s 117 blocks were second most among freshmen. She hit at .300 efficiency.
Reese Naeve, Regina Catholic, outside hitter, freshman
Naeve led all Iowa freshmen with 442 kills, which also ranked 18th among all players. Naeve had 291 digs for Class 2A Regina, ranking 10th for ninth graders statewide.