By JIM MISUNAS
Great Bend volleyball senior Kate Warren was named Most Valuable Player of the Westerrn Athletic Conference. Warren missed missed the Panthers’ final matches with a ankle injury at the WAC Tournament in Hays.
Warren broke the career blocks record with 400 blocks. Brenna Haines set the previous record of 391. Warren led the Panthers at the net in kills, stuff blocks and blocks.
“This was a goal of Kate’s and to see her do that, before going down against Garden, was exciting,” said Great Bend coach Kelsey Perry.
Junior Baylee Beck and freshman Jenna Mauler earned first-team All-WAC honors. Junior Camryn Dunekack earned second-team All-WAC honors. Beck and Dunekack led the Panthers in digs and Mauler was the Panthers’ leader in assists.
The Panthers finished the season 19-16 with a 25-29, 25-14 loss to state-ranked Maize High.
The Panthers finished 3-1 in the WAC Tournament and lost a three-way tiebreaker for first place after tying with champion Garden City (3-1) and runner-up Liberal (3-1).
WAC FIRST TEAM
MVP—Kate Warren, Great Bend, sr.
Jada Mickens, Liberal, sr.
Kyra Bellows, Garden City, sr.
Baylee Beck, Great Bend, jr.
Tasiah Nunnery, Hays High, fr.
Jenna Mauler, Great Bend, fr.
WAC SECOND TEAM
Lexi Hogan, Garden City, sr.
Reagan Karlin, Garden City, fr.
Taylor Savolt, Garden City, so.
Jade Garcia, Garden City, sr.
Camryn Dunekack, Great Bend, jr.
Whitney Hay, Liberal, so.
COACH OF YEAR—Abby Piha, Garden City