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The 2021 BSC Division Champion St. Peter Saint volleyball team. (Photo Courtesy Carmen Hanson)

Sunday evening, the St. Peter volleyball team got together to recognize their 2021 season. The Saints finished the season with a 19-7 record overall and a 10-1 conference record to earn the Big South Conference Division Championship.

As a team, the Saints earned the Gold Academic Awarded which is given to schools that have a cumulative GPA between 3.75-4.0. Six girls earned the Individual Gold Academic award for a GPA over 3.00 or higher, Lilly Ruffin, Mallory Hartfiel, Grace Remmert, McKenzie Pettis, Brooke Rehnelt and McKenna Van Zee.

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The 2021 St. Peter All-Conference honorees, from left to right; Grace Remmert, Lilly Ruffin, McKenna Van Zee, Kylee Horner, and all-conference honorable mention Dani Johnson. (Photo Courtesy Carmen Hanson)

Remmert, Van Zee, Ruffin and Kylee Horner all earned all conference team honors while Dani Johnson was honorable mention.

The girls also voted for several team awards which includes the A.C.E. ( Attitude, Commitment, & Effort) & Team Player award which was given to Van Zee, the Communicator & Ms. Saint Awards for Remmert, most improved which was McKenzie Pettis, the Effort/Hustle award given to Riley Rubishko and the Most Spirit Award which was split between Keira Oeltjenbruns and Claire Meyer.

The team leaders for each statistical category were recognized with Van Zee recording 330 Digs, Remmert leading with both 339 Assists and 226 Service Points, Kylee Horner with 165 Kills, Dani Johnson with 42 Solo Blocks and 26 Block Assists and Mallory Hartfiel with 49 Ace Serves.

2021 st peter vb seniors

The seven seniors for the Saints stand with coach Hanson, from left to right; Grace Remmert, Dani Johnson, Mallory Hartfiel, Lilly Ruffin, Carmen Hanson, Brooke Rehnelt, McKenna Van Zee and McKenzie Pettis. (Photo Courtesy Carmen Hanson)

“We graduated seven seniors this year,” said Saints head coach Carmen Hanson. “I want to thank all of them for the dedication and hard work they have put in throughout the years and most importantly, to recognize what amazing role models they have been for their teammates and representing SPHS volleyball.”

McKenna Van Zee — 4 year letter winner; 2 year All Conference 2020 & 2021; Career Highlight Stats — 727 Digs (330 in 2021), 452 Service Points, 59 Ace Serves.

Lilly Ruffin — 4 year letter winner; All Conference 2021; Career Highlight Stats — 212 kills, 38 Block Assists, 28 Solo Blocks, 78 Digs.

Grace Remmert — 3 year letter winner; 2 year All Conference 2020 & 2021; Career Highlight Stats — 571 Assists (339-2021), 256 Kills, 466 Service Points, 73 Ace Services

Dani Johnson- 3 year Letter winner; All Conference; Career Highlight Stats — 43 Solo Blocks, 50 Block Assists, 126 Kills, 107 Service Points, 23 Ace Serves.

Mallory Hartfiel — 2 year letter winner; Career Highlight Stats — 189 Service Points; 54 Ace Serves; 259 Assists; 189 Digs.

McKenzie Pettis — 2 year letter winner; Career Highlight Stats — 148 Service Points, 25 Ace Serves, 166 Digs, 17 kills.

Brooke Rehnelt — 2 year letter winner; Career Highlight Stats — 56 Kills; 8 Solo Blocks, 12 Block Assists, 35 Digs.

Lastly, the team nominated captains for the 2022 season, with Claire Meyer and Abby Maloney taking the honor.

Reach Reporter Ben Camp at 931-8566 or follow him on Twitter @SPHvalleysports. © Copyright 2021 APG Media of Southern Minnesota. All rights reserved.

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