The success Omaha Skutt and Wahoo achieved this season is reflected in the All-Omaha area team.
Both squads defended their state titles and both placed two players on the first team: Lindsay Krause and Megan Skovsende for the SkyHawks and Warriors Mya Larson and Elle Glock.
They are joined on the first team by Kelsie Cada of Wahoo Neumann, Mayah Delgado of Omaha Duchesne and Kamryn Schuler of Gretna.
Krause is the only returning first-teamer. Cada and Schuler move up from last year’s second team.
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The second team is highlighted by three players from Class B champion Skutt — Lily Heyne, Allie Gray and Sydney McDermott. Class C-1 champ Wahoo is represented by Kyla Swanson and Elly Larson while Emma Worthington of Duchesne and Jadyn Makovicka of Gretna also made the squad.
Selections are based on observations by World-Herald staff writers and nominations by coaches.
Krause, the honorary captain for the second straight year, finished the season with 260 kills and 40 blocks. She missed the SkyHawks’ first seven matches because she was in Honduras competing for the USA Volleyball under-18 team.
She averaged 15 kills in three matches at state as Skutt captured its fourth straight title.
“This is pretty obvious but Lindsay is tough to stop,’’ SkyHawks coach Renee Saunders said. “She was solid this season and was even better at state when she terminated every chance she got.’’
A Nebraska recruit, the 6-foot-3 Krause committed to the Huskers before she began her varsity career. She earned All-Nebraska recognition last year as a freshman.
“She was really good last year and got even better,’’ Saunders said. “Her block and her back-row play have improved a lot.’’
Skovsende, a 5-10 junior, makes the first team as a libero. Saunders shifted her to that position from outside hitter late in the season and the move paid off as the SkyHawks bounced back from two late-season losses to capture state.
“If it didn’t work, I’d have been an idiot,’’ Saunders said after the championship win over Elkhorn South. “But it did.’’
Skovsende finished with 272 digs, including 43 at state. She also had 210 kills, 32 blocks and 25 aces.
Larson, the only freshman on the first team, led Wahoo with 438 kills. She had 53 in three matches at state, including 24 in the five-set championship win over Lincoln Lutheran. She is the daughter of Warriors coach Trish Larson.
Glock, a 6-0 sophomore, also played a key role for Wahoo. The Southern Cal recruit finished with 1,128 assists, including 136 in three state tourney matches. She had 52 assists and 21 digs in the final.
Cada helped the Cavaliers reach state for the ninth time. Neumann finished 30-5, losing to eventual state champion Wahoo in the semifinals.
A 6-1 senior, Cada had 431 kills. She averaged 17 kills in three matches at state.
Delgado, a 6-0 junior, was a key performer for the Cardinals. She led the team with 365 kills, including 23 in two state tourney matches.
Schuler helped the Dragons earn their 12th trip to state and their first in Class A. The 5-10 senior finished with 345 kills — 31 in two matches at state.
All-Area First team
*Lindsay Krause Omaha Skutt hitter 6-3 So.
Mya Larson Wahoo hitter 5-11 Fr.
Kelsie Cada Wahoo Neumann hitter 6-1 Sr.
Mayah Delgado Omaha Duchesne hitter 6-0 Jr.
Kamryn Schuler Gretna hitter 5-10 Sr.
Elle Glock Wahoo setter 6-0 So.
Megan Skovsende Omaha Skutt libero 5-10 Jr.
All-Area Second team
Lily Heyne Omaha Skutt hitter 6-1 Sr.
Sydney McDermott Omaha Skutt hitter 6-2 Sr.
Kyla Swanson Wahoo hitter 6-4 Sr.
Elly Larson Wahoo hitter 6-0 Sr.
Allie Gray Omaha Skutt setter 5-11 So.
Emma Worthington Omaha Duchesne setter 5-11 Sr.
Jadyn Makovicka Gretna libero 5-5 Sr.
* — Denotes honorary captain
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