Five girls spikers named all-Big 8

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Rob Reischel
Middleton’s Jordan LaScala was named first-team all-Big Eight Conference,/Times-Tribune photos by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton’s girls volleyball team went through a rebuilding season this fall.

But that didn’t stop several Cardinals from having terrific years and earning all-Big Eight Conference honors.

Freshman outside hitter Jordan LaScala was named first-team all-league, while senior middle blocker Erica Collin was named second-team all-conference. Senior outside hitter Evie Coleman, junior libero Jada Cerniglia and freshman setter Evin Jordee were all named honorable mention all-conference.

LaScala played in all 120 sets and led the Cardinals in kills (361) and receptions (398). LaScala was second with a .331 hitting percentage, second in digs (217) and third in aces (43).

“Jordan is fun to coach,” Middleton coach Franco Marcos said. “She is very focused at practice and in the match. The future looks very bright with Jordan’s talent, work ethic, volleyball IQ and respect to the game, teammates, coaches, officials, opponents and fans.”

Collin led the Cardinals with 63 solo blocks and was third on the team with 136 kills. Collin led Middleton in hitting percentage (.405) and was the Cardinals’ lone captain.

“Erica led the team with a smile and cared for everyone,” Marcos said. “She is a very coachable player and showed respect to everyone. We will miss her smile, hard work, leadership and speeches.” 

Coleman was second on the team with 223 kills and third with 266 receptions. Coleman was also fourth in aces (31) and fifth in digs (160).

“Evie contributed both on offense and defense when she was healthy,” Marcos said. “She played some matches in pain and showed a lot of grit, determination and resilience. Evie left it all out on the floor! We could not have asked anymore from her! She played hard even in pain.”

Cerniglia led Middleton with 54 aces and 317 digs. She was also second on the team with 362 receptions. 

“Jada was one of many good liberos in the Big Eight,” Marcos said. “She had to sit out some matches because of a nagging injury, so many Big Eight teams did not get to see her talents and skills. She will be digging up the Big Eight Conference next year.”

Jordee led the Cardinals with 520 assists and was second on the team with 51 aces. She was also fourth in kills (77) and fourth in digs (174).

“Evin is a good young setter that will be one of the best in the conference for the next three years,” Marcos said. “She has the hands, quickness, volleyball I.Q. and she is very coachable. 

“I coached her in club and she is the real deal. A 5-1 offense suits her best! The future for the program looks bright with Evin running the offense.”

 

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