The 2022 Your Prep Sports Area Volleyball Team

Ryan Murken

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It’s been a historic volleyball season for Your Prep Sports.

Liberty High made history with the school’s first state title, while Clear Creek Amana achieved his best performance in a state tournament with a second-place finish.

For more than half a decade, Your Prep Sports has honored the region’s top players with their inclusion on the Your Prep Sports region volleyball team.

The 2022 edition of the annual YPS All-Area Team is one of the most successful in the team’s history.

This year’s 10-man team consists of All-America and All-State selections. Conference Player of the Year, State Tournament All-Tournament Team Members. School record holders, college recruits and state champions.

Liberty High senior Cassidy Hartman is the 2022 team captain after leading the Lightning to the Class 5A state title.

Hartman is making his fourth straight appearance on the Your Prep Sports Area team and is the team captain for the third straight season.

Cassidy Hartman (Captain)

Senior, Liberty High

The most decorated player in program history, Hartman added a huge part to his already stellar career, capping an incredible senior season by guiding Liberty High to the Class 5A state title.

A four-time team member of Your Prep Sports, Hartman is the team captain for the third straight season.

Hartman had career highs in kills and digs as a senior helping Liberty High to a 33-8 record and the first team championship in school history.

The 6-foot-1 Hartman ranked eighth in the state and second in 5A with 538 kills this season, becoming only the sixth player in the 5A class since 2016 to have 500 kills in a season.

Hartman had a .348 batting efficiency while racking up a career-high 538 kills and also had a career-best of 429 digs, 41 blocks, and 23 ace serves.

Hartman, a Northern Iowa recruit, was named to the Iowa Girls Coaches Association’s elite all-state team for a third straight year and was Mississippi Divisional Player of the Year for the third straight year.

Hartman finishes her prep career with a school-record 1,542 career kills and 1,104 digs, helping Liberty High to a 125-19 record and four straight state tournament appearances.

In eight career state tournament games, Hartman had 174 kills and had at least 17 kills in each of her last seven state tournament games.

Hartman had 64 kills in three state tournament games this season on her way to being named to the 5A All-Tournament Team.

Shelby Kim

Senior, Liberty High

A cornerstone of the program since her freshman season, Kimm played a key role in building Liberty High into one of the premier programs in the state.

Kimm enjoyed the best season of her senior career with career highs in kills and digs while helping Liberty High achieve an impressive four-year run in which she finished 125-19 with a Class 5A state title.

The 6-Foot Kimm ranked seventh in 5A with 344 digs at a career-best hit average of .295 and third in 5A with 448 digs.

Kimm joined teammate Cassidy Hartman as the only 5A player to finish in the top 10 on both kills and digs.

Kimm, a St. Cloud State recruit, had 28 blocks and 42 aces as a senior and earned first-team All-State honors from the Iowa Girls Coaches Association for the second straight year.

Kimm had 42 kills and 41 digs in three state tournament games and helped Liberty High win the first team title in program history and finished on the 5A All-Tournament Team.

Kimm has had double-digit kills in each of her last five state tournament matches going back into her sophomore season and finished her career with 91 kills in eight state tournament matches.

A three-time all-state pick, Kimm finishes her career with 970 kills, 902 digs, 152 blocks, and 116 ace serves.

Lucky Beck

Junior, Clear Creek Amana

After a groundbreaking sophomore season, Beck continued to establish herself as one of the top players in the state with a dominating junior campaign that saw her finish in the top 5 in Class 4A for kills, blocks and shot efficiency.

Beck had career highs in kills, blocks and hitting efficiency this season while leading Clear Creek Amana to the best season in program history.

The 6-foot-2 beck had 399 kills on .411 hits and a Class 4A-leading 153 blocks as Clear Creek Amana went 34-11 and finished second in 4A.

Beck was a big part of the Clippers’ success that season.

She was the only player in the state with at least 150 blocks and 350 kills, and ranked fifth in the state in blocks and 14thth while hitting the efficiency.

Beck was named WAMAC West Division Player of the Year for the second year in a row and received First-Team Class 4A All-State honors for the first time after earning an honorable mention in his second year.

Beck was at her best in the state tournament, racking up 44 kills and 20 blocks on her way to being named to the 4A All-Tournament Team.

In three seasons, Beck has already amassed 807 career kills and 267 career blocks.

Clara Ernst

Junior, city high

With another strong season, Ernst continued her rise as one of the top hitters in the Revier.

Ernst, a re-selection at Your Prep Sports, followed a landmark sophomore season with a strong junior campaign in which she led City High with 285 kills from .256 hits.

Ernst received his first division honors from the First-Team All Mississippi Valley Conference as a unanimous vote in the Valley Division after a strong junior season.

The 5-foot-11 Ernst had a career-high 222 digs and 24 blocks while leading City High in kills for the second straight season.

In three college seasons, Ernst has amassed 748 kills, 581 digs, and 48 blocks.

Melae’ Lacy

Junior, West High

The more Lacy plays, the better West High Junior gets.

Lacy recorded a third straight season with at least 200 kills and increased her kill production for the third straight season on her way to earning first-team MVC All-Division honors for the second straight season.

The 5-foot-11 Lacy had career-best kills, digs and blocks as a junior while helping West High to an 11-22 record.

Despite regularly being the focus of opponents’ game plans, Lacy had a career-high 280 kills, 26 more than a sophomore.

Lacy showed her progress as an all-around player as a junior, amassing a career-best 218 digs and adding 29 blocks while leading the Trojans with 30 ace serves.

Iva Senior

Senior, West Branch

Senio, a four-year varsity staffer, salvaged her best season for the final post of career-best kills, digs, and blocks in a stellar senior season.

Senio led West Branch for the second time in the last three seasons with a career-high 279 kills and added 283 digs on her way to the Class 2A honorable mention from the Iowa Girls Coaches Association.

The 5-foot-8 Senio added 22 blocks and 18 ace serves, helping West Branch to a 17-17 record.

Senio was named to the River Valley Conference South Division team for a second straight season after notching a third straight season with at least 175 kills.

Senio ended her career with 703 kills and 687 digs.

Reese Naeve

Freshman Regina

Naeve exploded onto the high school scene this season with an impressive debut season in which she placed eighth in kills in Class 2A.

The 5-foot-7 Naeve hammered 442 kills while hitting .350 as a freshman and helping Regina to a 19-15 record.

An explosive athlete, Naeve was one of only nine players statewide to have 400 kills and at least .350 shot efficiency this season, and her 442 kills ranked her 18thth in the state and were most newcomers to the state.

Naeve also ranked second on the team with 291 digs and added 14 blocks and 16 ace serves while being named to the River Valley Conference South Division team.

Naeve was also an honorable mention in the Iowa Girls Coaches Association Class 2A All-State team All-State selection and one of only three freshmen on the 2A All-State roster.

Grace Erwin

Second year, Solon

Solon was having his best season since winning the 3A state title in fall 2014. He won 26 games and reached a 3A regional final.

The emergence of Erwin as a major threat on both sides of the net was a big reason the Spartans had their first winning season since 2018.

In the first extended action of her varsity career, Erwin placed second in the state, leading Class 3A with 169 blocks.

The 5-foot-10 Erwin added 191 kills, which ranked second on the team for Solon, and led the Spartans with a .372 batting efficiency.

Erwin was a WAMAC East Division first-team selection after their breakthrough season.

Ast Hildebrand

Sophomore, Liberty High

An underclassman on a high Liberty list full of talented seniors, Hildebrand played a crucial role in securing the Class 5A state title.

Hildebrand ranked fourth in 5A with 863 assists and fourth on the team with 95 kills on her way to earning All-State honors for the first time.

The 5-foot-11 Hildebrand was an all-division first team MVC and earned an all-state honorable mention from the Iowa Girls Coaches Association after their outstanding sophomore season.

Hildebrand had 273 digs, 16 blocks, and 28 ace serves.

A formidable athlete and versatile weapon for the Lightning, Hildebrand excelled during the state tournament run for Liberty High.

In three state tournament games, Hildebrand had 92 assists and 17 kills, including 32 assists, eight kills, and nine wins in the state title match win over Pleasant Valley.

Mega Berkland

Junior, Clear Creek Amana

A consistent presence in the Clear Creek Amana backrow since her freshman season Berkland emerged as one of the state’s premier sweepers during a stellar junior season.

Berkland led Clear Creek Amana for the third straight season, helping the Clippers to a 33-11 record and a second-place finish in the Class 4A.

The 5-foot-2 Berkland finished ninth in the state this season and second in 4A with a career-high 540 on her way to being named the state’s second team by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association.

Berkland was at his best during an impressive state tournament run for Clear Creek Amana.

She had 105 digs in three state tournament games, including 37 and 38 in back-to-back upsets against top three opponents Marion and North Scott.

A three-year starter Berkland has had three straight seasons of 300+ kills and at least 39 ace serves, amassing 1,247 digs and 123 ace serves.

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