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Lady Panthers pick up four All-WAC selections
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Great Bend High Schools volleyball team boasts four All-Western Athletic Conference selections. From left, WAC Player of the Year Tarynn Stueder, honorable mention Kelsie Doll, WAC Coach of the Year Kelsey Perry, first-team players Kylee Spray and Brenna Haines. - photo by Kevin Price Great Bend Tribune

The Great Bend High School volleyball team finished the season with a 29-12 mark.
The Lady Panthers won a Class 5A regional title to qualify for the state tournament, going 0-3 in pool play.
They finished third in the Western Athletic Conference tournament, and were ranked No. 10 in 5A on the final Kansas Volleyball Association poll.
Now, the Lady Panthers have four players earn all-conference honors.
“I was very happy (with the selections we got),” GBHS head coach Kelsey Perry said. “We didn’t finish the WAC tournament the way we wanted to, so I had that fear that we wouldn’t have that many kids on, but they definitely gave them the respect they deserve. Every single senior got a vote for Great Bend.”
At the top of the list was senior setter Tarynn Stueder, who was the WAC Player of the Year. Brenna Haines and Kylee Spray each were voted as first-team selections, and Kelsie Doll was honorable mention.
“It feels great, and it’s quite an accomplishment for me,” Stueder said. “I’m proud of it.”
Stueder has set the high school’s top mark in six single-season categories, including serve attempts (497), setting percentage (99.2), set attempts (2,304), good sets (2,286), aces (80) and set assists (745) during her years with the Lady Panthers.
“I’m very proud of the season,” Stueder said. “We accomplished a lot. We didn’t quite end it the way we wanted to, but I have no regrets. I’m glad about the way the season went.
“Our whole community supported us, and we couldn’t have gone near as far without everyone. It really does mean a lot and it really was noticed throughout the season. The community support, the school support sending pep buses, it really was amazing.”
Stueder also holds three of the high school’s career records — aces (206), set attempts (3,213) and serve attempts (1,126). She is also in the top 10 in career digs and career passing average.
Perry was selected as WAC Coach of the Year.
“It’s obviously a big honor that your fellow colleagues in the WAC think that of you and we were laughing at the WAC meet that it really has bounced around, which is great for our conference,” Perry said. “Last year, Jai Chapman was the Player of the Year in the conference, and the Liberal coach got Coach of the Year, to have it flip flop and have it Tarynn and I.
“It’s just really nice. It really is my staff’s credit and the kids as well. They’re the ones that got us where we went this year.”
Perry said she was happy with the season.
“It’s definitely bittersweet to sit back and watch what happened this year,” Perry said looking back on the season. “From the end of last year to now, they worked so hard to get where they ended up. Getting to the state tournament was their goal, and they made it. They had a lot of other things checked off along the way.”
Haines set single-season school records in hitting efficiency (.470) and blocks (179) in 1012, and is No. 1 in career blocks with 391.
Spray set a single-season school record in passing attempts this year with 837. She holds the No. 1 and No. 2 spot on that list.
Spray is also the at the top of the Lady Panthers in career digs (782), passing attempts (1,422) and passing average (2.44).
Kelsie Doll is No. 7 Great Bend’s career passing average (2.25), No. 10 in career digs (471) and No. 10 in career serve percentage (96.4).
All four girls are part of a seven-athlete senior class that has set 10 single-season records, seven career records and has 40 top 10 places in single-season and career records combined.
“To have a senior class with seven girls is big,” Perry said. “Usually by that point, they’ve weeded out and you don’t have that many. To have seven and to have all of them contribute hugely at the varsity level for two years definitely leaves a big gap for the next season.
“They’re all tremendous ladies on and off the court. That’s what makes them special.”
The other seniors are Kaylee Doll, Hannah Hildebrand and Selam Ball.

All-Western Athletic Conference teams

First team
Jai Chapman              Liberal             Sr.
Katrina Roehfeldt        Dodge City      Sr.
Brenna Haines            Great Bend      Sr.
Jamie St. Clair           Garden City      Sr.
Taylor Linenberger     Garden City      Sr.
Kylee Spray               Great Bend      Sr.

Honorable Mention
Megan Besecker         Liberal             Jr.
Taryn Tempel            Garden City     Sr.
Chandra Sain            Dodge City       Jr.
Albany Schaffer         Hays           Soph.
Katie Garcia              Liberal             Sr.
Kelsie Doll                Great Bend      Sr.

Player of the Year
Tarynn Stueder         Great Bend     Sr.

Coach of the Year
Kelsey Perry            Great Bend