Super-State volleyball team

Malcolm's Jaela Zimmerman (clockwise from bottom left) Lily Heim, Omaha Marian; Fallon Stutheit, Johnson-Brock; Lindsay Krause, Omaha Skutt; Kalynn Meyer, Superior; Taliyah Flores, Papillion-La Vista South, and Emily Bressman, Omaha Marian.

ERIC GREGORY, Journal Star

Jaela Zimmerman

Malcolm

Outside hitter | 6-2 | Senior

College: Creighton.

Stats and stuff: The Super-State honorary captain actually racked up more kills, with a better hitting percentage, than she did last season despite playing in nine fewer sets. The future Creighton Bluejay finished second in the state with 568 kills, and her .484 hitting percentage was third-highest in Nebraska this season. She also picked up 35 ace serves as she helped Malcolm return to the state tournament. This marks her second consecutive season as the Super-State captain.

Coach’s view: “Jaela is an incredible athlete on the court. She is an outstanding six-rotation player and makes an immediate impact on the game. Her front-row presence at the net is unstoppable. Her power and precision when she hits the ball is very impressive. Her back-row play is also impressive. She is a great passer and can read her opponents. Jaela is an amazing volleyball player but her attitude, work ethic and leadership make her who she is. She is always giving 110 percent and she pushes herself and her teammates to their fullest potential.” — Malcolm coach Amber Dolliver

Fallon Stutheit

Johnson-Brock

Middle blocker | 6-1 | Junior

College: Nebraska.

Stats and stuff: Stutheit guided her team to a nearly undefeated season and put together a pretty strong résumé of stats as the Eagles claimed their third straight state title. Her play was a big reason the Eagles have put themselves in rarified air as a powerhouse in Class D-1. She hit 526 kills this season, fifth in the state, while hitting .433 over 89 sets. She also had 68 aces and 52 total blocks. Stutheit is a two-time first-team Super-Stater.

Coach’s view: “Fallon often makes coaching look easy. I am always amazed at how well she sees the court, and she has these huge, strong hands, which give her exceptional control of the ball. Fallon looks for ways to help her teammates and shows leadership on the court. She exemplifies a strong work ethic that younger players look up to and has set a great example of working hard in the offseason. Fallon is also quick to credit her teammates and values everyone's role on the team.” — Johnson-Brock coach Tera Stutheit

Kalynn Meyer

Superior

Outside hitter | 6-3 | Sophomore

College: Nebraska.

Stats and stuff: Meyer's 545 kills in 2017 put her in third place on the list of kill leaders this season, which is impressive. But to really appreciate her game, watching the C-2 state championship match is a must. She willed the Wildcats to victory with 27 kills over the five-set thriller while also posting five blocks. She finished this season 375 digs as well, so she’s a multi-faceted player (also a basketball and track standout) who seems ready for the next level.

Coach’s view: “Kalynn has definitely put in the time to become great — her hard work and countless hours in the summer, morning weights and extra training on nights and weekends are paying off. She has a great, positive attitude and is developing into a great leader on our team.” — Superior coach Kelsea Blevins

Taliyah Flores

Papillion-La Vista South

Outside hitter/libero | 5-8 | Senior

College: North Dakota.

Stats and stuff: In her four years as a starter with the Titans, Flores has shown she can beat you in any category. She’s recorded 1,423 kills in her career, including 432 kills in 2017. She also tallied 1,822 digs while amassing 142 aces and 173 total blocks. Her play helped lead the Titans to four straight state tournament appearances, including a state championship. She’ll play libero for North Dakota next season.

Coach’s view: “Let’s just say I’m very thankful Taliyah has been on my side of the net the past few seasons. Taliyah is unmatched as far as a player with all-around volleyball skills. Her touch on the ball and ability to read attackers make her defense tough to crack. On the offensive end she has the ability to see the court and score in many different ways. If Taliyah were 6 feet tall she’d be choosing anyplace in the country she’d like to play beyond high school.” — Papio South coach Brad Reichmuth

Lindsay Krause

Omaha Skutt

Outside hitter | 6-3 | Freshman

College: Nebraska.

Stats and stuff: Krause made news by signing with Nebraska before ever hitting the high school volleyball court, but her opening season quickly overshadowed her commitment to the Huskers. She recorded 397 kills with a .403 hitting percentage, and was the top player on a SkyHawks team that recorded its third straight title. She also picked up 35 total blocks on the defensive side, so she’s already cemented herself as one of the state’s top players regardless of class.

Coach’s view: "Lindsay has been an outstanding addition to the program. She is a talented player, but she is also one of the hardest workers in the gym. She loves to compete and raises her level of play when the competition is pushing her. Despite her success throughout her freshman year, she was constantly learning and trying to get better. She is also a great teammate. She celebrates her teammates' success more than her own. If she gets a kill, she points to the setter or whoever made a great dig. She is selfless and the type of player you want to play with." — Skutt coach Renee Saunders

Lily Heim

Omaha Marian

Setter | 6-0 | Senior

College: SMU.

Stats and stuff: Heim had arguably her best season in her final year with the Crusaders. She recorded 1,130 of her 2,682 career set assists in 2017, and averaged 11.1 assists per set, up from 10.4 in 2016. Where Heim really shined was under the bright lights and big stage of the state tournament. She picked up 55 assists in the Class A title game, a match that Marian won in four sets, and she graduates as a three-time state champion.

Coach’s view: “Lily Heim is a tremendous leader. She is always making the small changes to make her teammates around her better. Her continued growth as a setter and leader allowed this year’s team to compete at their highest level.” — Marian coach Amy McLeay

Emily Bressman

Omaha Marian

Outside hitter | 5-11 | Junior

College: Creighton.

Stats and stuff: Of all the heavy hitters for the Crusaders, Bressman stood out the most this season. She was the team’s emotional leader and finished with 428 kills in her best season yet with Marian. She’s played on the varsity team since she was a freshman. Marian is not an easy team to crack into as an underclassman, but Bressman is a shoo-in for Super State captain in the 2018 season. The Crusaders are losing a lot of talent to graduation this spring, but with Bressman back, they will still be the team to beat in Class A.

Coach’s view: “Bressman is a true competitor in every way. She works extremely hard on the court. She is also a player her teammates look to in difficult situations. She never backs down from the challenge.” — Marian coach Amy McLeay

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