Olathe-NW Avenges Early-Season Losses to Win Kansas 6A State Titile

  0 Braden Keith | December 26th, 2016 | High School, News

8 teams were named Kansas High School Volleyball Champions in October, led by Olathe-Northwest, who won the 6A Championship in the classification for the state’s largest schools.

The Ravens started off the season with two losses, leaving them in a tough spot to even qualify for the state championship tournament. But they’d later avenge the losses with wins over those same Shawnee Mission East and Blue Valley West teams in the last two rounds of the tournament to win the state title.

6’2″ middle blocker Tyanna Omazic, a senior commit for the University of Illinois, led the Ravens to a 2-1 victory (25-19, 22-25, 25-17). They beat out Blue Valley West and senior First Team AVCA All-American setter Madison Lilley, who is headed to Kentucky next year.

The win was Olathe Northwest’s first in school history. The winners of the three biggest classifications (including Tecumseh-Shawnee Heights and Nebraska commit Jazz Sweet in Class 5A and Rose Hill in Class 4A-Division I) are also first time state champions.

The city of Olathe, the 4th-largest in the state, brought home two titles. In class 2A, Olathe-Heritage Christian also earned their first-ever state title in volleyball.

At the other end of the spectrum, Topeka-Hayden won their 2nd title (Class 4A, Division II), while Silver Lake on their 3rd title in 4 years.

Axtell Public School, with an enrollment of just over 100 students near the Kansas-Nebraska border, won their first state title in the 1A Division II classification.

All-State Teams, along with players and coaches of the year, are below:


First team

Brooklyn Cink, 5-11 so. OH, Manhattan; Audrey Fisher, 6-0 sr. MB, Olathe Northwest; Emma Henderson, 5-10 sr. OH, SM East; Rachel Hickman, 6-3 so. RS, Free State; Madison Lilley, 5-11 sr. S, Blue Valley West; Tyanna Omazic, 6-2 sr. MB, Olathe Northwest; Peyton Uhlenhake, 5-10 sr. OH, Blue Valley West.

Second team

Hannah Engelken, 6-1 jr. MB, Blue Valley West; Megan Kuper, 6-0 sr. OH, Olathe Northwest; Taylor Kuper, 5-9 jr. OH, Olathe Northwest; Morgan Lewis, 6-0 sr. MB, Blue Valley Northwest; Kenzie Smith, 5-9 jr. S, Manhattan; Ally Offerdahl, 5-6 sr. S, SM East; Lauren Stubbs, 5-8 sr. OH, Blue Valley.

Honorable mention

Jade Askren, sr., Campus; Carly Bachelor, so., Washburn Rural; Nia Bishop, sr., Derby; Camryn Blanton, sr., SM West; Kayley Cassaday, so., Blue Valley North; Naomi Hickman, sr., Free State; Emily Jackson, sr., Olathe Northwest.

Player of the year — Tyanna Omazic, Olathe Northwest.

Coach of the year — Barry Lenth, Olathe Northwest.


First team

Lacey Angello, 5-7 jr. OH, Lansing; Allison Coens, 5-10 jr. OH, St. James Academy; Megan Cooney, 6-4 sr. OH, Shawnee Heights; Bridget Doherty, 5-10 sr. S/RS, Aquinas; Taylor Muff, 5-11 sr. OH/MB, Pittsburg; Emily Regier, 6-0 sr. MB, Newton; Jazz Sweet, 6-3 sr. RS, Shawnee Heights.

Second team

Taylor Antonowich, 5-10 jr. OH, Newton; Kelsey Gordon, 6-0 sr. MB, Emporia; Shelby Innes, 5-8 sr. OH, Aquinas; Ryleigh Jackson, 5-9 jr. MB, Eisenhower; Morgan Miller, 5-5 so. S, St. James Academy; Faith Rottinghaus, 5-4 sr. L, Shawnee Heights; Mikayla Simons, 5-9 sr. OH, Emporia.

Honorable mention

Kaitlyn Bell, so., DeSoto; Jordan Evans, sr., Eisenhower; Rachel Fairbanks, so., Lansing; Julia Graves, jr., Andover; Brecken Roe, sr., Maize; Amaya Tillman, so., Shawnee Heights; Caroline Zabroske, fr., Aquinas.

Player of the year — Jazz Sweet, Shawnee Heights.

Coach of the year — Laura Curry, Shawnee Heights.


First team

Olivia Gassman, 5-6 sr. L, Abilene; Jessica Hayes, 5-10 sr. OH, Abilene; Hunter Mussetter, 5-11 sr. MB, Wamego; Serena Sparks, 5-4 so. L, Miege; Gracie Van Driel, 6-2 so. MB, Rose Hill; Mallory White, 5-9 so. OH, Miege; Emily Witt, 6-1 jr., S/RS, Rose Hilll.

Second team

Mandi Cooks, 6-0 jr. OH/MB, McPherson; Anna Dixon, 6-2 so. OH, Louisburg; Claudia Hess, 6-2 sr. MB, Abilene; Caedyn Reinhart, 6-0 sr. MB, El Dorado; Brooklyn Strobel, 5-3 so. L, Andover Central; Kennedy Wallace, 6-0 sr. MB, Piper; Hannah Weber, 6-1 sr. MB, Miege.

Honorable mention

Sophie Dalziel, sr., Andover; Rachel Dossett, sr., McPherson; Matti Morgan, sr., Paola; Riley Oglevie, so., Ulysses; Beth Schulte, sr., Andover Central; Anna Van Driel, sr., Rose Hill; Mykah Wingerter, sr., Tonganoxie.

Player of the year — Gracie Van Driel, Rose Hill.

Coach of the year — Melissa Segovia, Rose Hill.


First team

Julie Archer, 5-9 sr. RS, Andale; Tara Davis, 5-11 jr. OH/MB, Nickerson; Amanda Desch, 5-9 jr. S/OH, Hayden; Mykah Eshbaugh, 6-1 so. OH/MB, Concordia; Brooklyn Hunter, 5-11 S/RS, Hayden; Mady Myers, 5-9 sr. MB, Hayden; Laken Schroeder, 5-6 jr. S, Concordia.

Second team

Riley Abernathy, 5-8 sr. OH/MB, Baxter Springs; Cydney Bergmann, 5-7 jr. OH/MB, Concordia; Myka Dalton, 5-3 sr. L, Andale; Kate Deterding, 5-8 sr. OH, Smoky Valley; Remyngton Green, 5-4 jr. S/RS, Nickerson; Ashley Ray, 6-4 sr. MB, Girard; Kelsey Simmons, 5-10 jr. OH/S, Santa Fe Trail.

Honorable mention

Gracie Golay, jr., Wichita Trinity; Sydney Hillmer, fr., Hayden; Alli Klausmeyer, sr., Clearwater; Carly Locke, sr., Baxter Springs; Mariah Murdie, jr., Jefferson County West; Haley Peterson, sr., Smoky Valley; Jessica Williams, jr., Concordia.

Player of the year — Amanda Desch, Hayden.

Coach of the year — Rio Brown, Concordia.


First team

Marissa Bates, 5-6 sr. OH, Silver Lake; Alaina Dunlavy, 5-7 jr., S, Hesston; Alex Ferguson, 5-10 sr. OH, Silver Lake; Madison Feund, 5-10 sr. OH, Cheney; Kailey Jo Ince, 6-1 jr. OH, Hesston; Karly Patton, 6-1 sr. OH, Wellsville; Madison Woody, 5-10 sr. OH/MB, Douglass.

Second team

Haley Albers, 6-1 sr. MB, Cheney; Lexi Cobb, 5-6 fr. S, Silver Lake; Grace Graniewski, 5-11 sr. MB, Wellsville; Laura Macke, 6-1 jr. OH, Nemaha Central; Katelyn Moore, 5-7 so. OH, Douglass; Kristen Wewe, 5-3 jr. L, Cheney; Karissa Winkel, 5-5 sr. OH, Beloit.

Honorable mention

Sydney Bangert, jr., Kingman; Brianna Bradshaw, jr., Kingman; Kaley Dalinghaus, sr., Nemaha Central; Josie Harrison, so., St. Marys; Sydney Johnson, jr., Beloit; Kenlee Martin, jr., Douglass; Kayla Vitztum, jr., TMP-Marian.

Player of the year — Kailey Jo Ince, Hesston.

Coach of the year — Jason Peters, Hesston.


First team

Kate Allen, 5-7 jr. OH Heritage Christian; Cassidy Crites, 5-11 sr. MB/S, Central Plains; Faith Hammontree, 6-5 so. MB, Heritage Christian; Kylee Kasselman, 5-9 sr. OH, Central Plains; Brianna MacLean, 5-2 sr. L, Republic County; Maddy Michaelis, 5-11 sr. MB/RS, Wabaunsee; Madison Scott, 5-5 sr. OH, Republic County.

Second team

Savannah Crossland, 5-9 so. OH, Heritage Christian; Payton Gawith, 5-10 sr. S/OH, Flinthills; Alyssa Howard, 5-5 sr. S/RS, Flinthills; Brynn Niblock, 5-10 sr. OH, Hoxie; Kassidy Pflughoeft, 5-11 jr. MB, Central Plains; Kayla Smith, 5-9 jr. OH, Valley Heights; Breanna Vail, 5-10 sr. OH/MB, Oswego.

Honorable mention

Rebecca Davis, so., Heritage Christian; Jalyn Froese, jr., Inman; Ravyn Jobbins, jr., Jefferson County North; Brittany MacLean, jr., Republic County; Cammie Miller, sr., Washington County; Haylie Rodriguez, jr., Sacred Heart; Jenessa Zenger, sr., Kiowa County.

Player of the year — Cassidy Critez, Central Plains.

Coach of the year — Tom Slaughter, Heritage Christian.


First team

Olivia Baus, 6-0 sr. S/MB, LaCrosse; Emilee Ebert, 5-10 so. OH, Frankfort; Cassidy Haufler, 6-0 sr. OH, Centralia; Eden Hiebert, 5-10 jr. OH, Goessel; Ashton Jueneman, 5-10 sr. MB, Hanover; Karli Schmidt, 6-0 fr. OH, Immaculata; Jordan Speer, 5-10 sr. OH/MB/S, Dighton.

Second team

Sadi Boyce, 5-6 sr. S, Centralia; Riley Doebele, 5-5 sr. S/RS, Hanover; Olivia Duerksen, 5-11 sr. MB, Goessel; Katelyn Jueneman, 5-6 sr. MB, Hanover; Madison Lueger, 5-11 so. OH, Centralia; Bailey Roberts, 5-8 sr. S, South Barber; Elizabeth Walter, 5-7 sr. S/OH, Beloit-St. John’s.

Honorable mention

Rylee Alexander, jr., South Central; Holly Brockmaier, fr., Rural Vista; Sara Cramer, sr., Dighton; Haley Crupper, jr., Lebo; Madison Dirks, sr., South Gray; Haven Hamilton, jr., Stockton; Brittney Hiebert, jr., Goessel.

Player of the year — Cassidy Haufler, Centralia.

Coach of the year — Kimbrook Tennal, Centralia.


First team

Anna Buessing, 5-10 sr. S/MB, Axtell; Paige Baird, 5-7 so. S/OH, Northern Valley; Delaney Herold, 5-9 so. OH/MB, Sylvan-Lucas; Payton Meader, 6-4 S/OH/MB, Waverly; Mikaela Meyers, 5-10 sr. OH, Cunningham; Taylor Regan, 5-9 sr. MB, Otis-Bison; Zoe Schultz, 5-11 jr. OH, Wheatland-Grinnell.

Second team

Makenzie Dewell, 5-10 sr. S, Fowler; Maddy Kuckelman, 5-9 sr. OH, Axtell; Trisha Mathewson, 5-11 jr. S/MB, Axtell; Lacey Mitchell, 5-4 jr. L, Otis-Bison; Hannah Pletcher, 5-7 sr. MB, Wallace County; Kylee Ricke, 5-5 jr. S, Cunningham; Carlie Zimmerman, 5-6 sr. OH, Wheatland-Grinnell.

Honorable mention

Logan Batchman, jr., Sylvan-Lucas; Miranda Golden, sr., Crest; Kendra Haffner, sr., Wheatland-Grinnell; Ryann Kats, jr., Logan; Alivia McKinney, sr., Weskan; Hanna Stuewe, sr., Caldwell; Cora Vineyard, so., Argonia.

Player of the year — Anna Buessing, Axtell.

Coach of the year — Pam Buessing, Axtell.


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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of VolleyMob.com. Braden's first foray into sports journalism came in 2010, when he launched a swimming website called The Swimmers' Circle. Two years later, he joined SwimSwam.com as a co-founder. Long huge fans of volleyball, when Braden and the SwimSwam partners sought an opportunity to …

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