Hannibal finished NCMC play unbeaten

After helping their team roll through the North Central Missouri Conference unbeaten, five members of the Hannibal High School volleyball team have received all-conference recognition.

Representing the Lady Pirates on the first team are Kaylee Falconer, Maddie Janes and Claire Thomas. Second-team honorees were Abby Baumann and Kyler Rademan.

Falconer, a junior, finished the season with 102 kills, 182 digs, 269 kills, 17 block assists and 19 aces.

"She has come out each year with the expectation to achieve more than the year previously," said Hannibal Coach Kelsey Whitley. "Her defense is one of the best I've ever seen from a setter and she is an all-around threat. Not often do you see a setter who is a near leader in every category statistically. We are truly fortunate to get one more year with this kid and I look forward to the threat of her and her sister, Bella Falconer, in the coming year."

Janes, a senior, totaled 93 kills, 267 digs, one solo block, 10 block assists, and 32 aces.

"Maddie's work ethic and drive will be missed in the coming years," Whitley said. "Maddie was a six rotation outside hitter who dominated the back row and made hitters fight for their kills. Maddie always surprised the opponent with getting a ball up that they thought was a done-deal kill."

Thomas finished her senior season with 142 kills, 17 digs, 21 solo blocks and 27 block assists.

"Claire has overcome many obstacles to put herself in this position and she made her presences known on the court," Whitley said. "She called loud for the ball and put herself in the position to run our offense. Claire made the job of our defense much easier with many quality touches on the block."

Baumann, a junior, played a six rotation outside hitter where she amassed 140 kills, 188 digs, one solo block, four block assists and 29 aces.

"Abby was a threat from the back row and the front row and took swings from everywhere on the court," Whitley said. "Abby's volleyball IQ is outstanding along with her ability to read the court and put the ball away."

A senior, Rademan wrapped up her final high school season with 74 kills, 153 digs, 286 set assists, 18 block assists and 29 aces.

"Kyler worked very hard this past summer to make her presence on the court known and earned a six rotation position as a setter," Whitley said. "Kyler has grown immensely during her four years at Hannibal and I am very proud of the player she has become. Court awareness and hard work are very large components of Kyler's success."