Nov. 15, 2016
GALESBURG — Four Carl Sandburg College volleyball players have earned accolades for their play for the Chargers this season.
Sophomore Chelsea Lesniewski (Fulton) was named to the All-Region IV Division II District A first team, All-Region IV Division II District A tournament team and All-Arrowhead Conference team. Freshman Emma Derry (Southeastern) took home second-team All-Region IV and All-Arrowhead honors. Freshman Lexi Strange (Hartsburg-Emden) was selected to the All-Region tournament team, and freshman Adre Vetter (Hartsburg-Emden) earned All-Arrowhead honors.
Lesniewski, a 6-foot outside hitter, earned All-Region and all-conference honors for the second straight season. Lesniewski led the Chargers in nearly every offensive category, including kills (297), kills per set (2.63), total attacks (931) and aces (42). She was also second on the team in digs (297) and third in blocks (32). She recorded a season-best 21 kills in a win against Lincoln on Oct. 26 and posted eight double-doubles on the year.
Derry, a 5-8 setter, led Sandburg with 870 total assists and 7.70 assists per set. Those marks were also good for 30th and 43rd, respectively, in the nation. She handed out a season-high 44 assists Sept. 29 at Highland. Derry also finished third on the team in aces (32) and digs (237) and was fourth in blocks (24).
A setter in high school, the 5-6 Vetter made a smooth transition to libero in her first season with the Chargers, leading the team with 521 digs, which was good for 34th in the country. She also was strong at the service line, as her 35 aces were second on the squad to Lesniewski. Vetter had a season-high 33 digs Oct. 22 against North Iowa Area, and she posted at least 20 digs 11 times.
Strange, a 5-9 outside hitter, finished second to Lesniewski in kills (214) and total attacks (661). Her 17 aces and 225 digs were both good for fourth on the team. The lefthander totaled 32 kills, 27 digs and three blocks over three matches in the Chargers’ run to the Region IV Division II District A championship match.