Volleyball: Hoyle, Steimel lead all-RVC selections
By BRANDON HURLEY
Two of Paton-Churdan’s most consistent athletes were rewarded last week.
Senior Danielle Hoyle was honored with a first team, all-Rolling Valley Conference selection after finishing second in kills (279) while fellow classmate Tessa Steimel was named to the second team.
Steimel and Hoyle helped push the Rockets to a Class 1A regional win, finishing the year with an even 10-10 record. The duo has been a mainstay within the P-C program for the last three years, piling up 25 victories along the way.
Hoyle finished her volleyball career with 669 kills, 149 blocks and 139 aces. Her 279 kills this fall were only behind Glidden-Ralston’s Gretchen Wallace, who drove home 285. Hoyle’s career-year ranked her 17th in Class 1A. Hoyle also tallied the third-most blocks in the RVC with (61), which tied her for 23rd in the state. The senior’s 38 aces were ninth-most in the conference while her 266 digs were also third-most. Steimel recorded 87 kills, 28 aces and a 94 percent service rate, one of the top marks in the league. The senior’s 186 digs ranked her eighth in the RVC. Hoyle’s nine aces in a 2-1 win over Glidden-Ralston in the RVC tournament was tied for the best-output by an RVC individual this fall.
Karissa Stephenson and Chloe Berns earned honorable mention distinction. Stephenson was fourth in the league in digs (235), seventh in service efficiency (95.3 percent) and 14th in aces (36). Berns was fourth in the league with 418 assists while she was fifth in service efficiency at 95.7 percent success.
As a team, the Rockets finished sixth with a 4-5 league record. Coon Rapids-Bayard captured the RVC championship with a 9-1 record. Boyer Valley led the league in kills with 694 while Paton-Churdan was fifth with 497. The Rockets led the league with 1,153 digs while they were third with 182 aces. P-C was second in serve efficiency (91.9 percent) and fourth in successful serves (1,313). CAM led the RVC in serve efficiency (92.8 percent) and successful serves (1,581).
The Rockets picked up a Class 1A regional win with a back-and-forth five-set victory over Fort Dodge St. Edmond last month. P-C was then bounced from the postseason in the regional quarterfinals after a 3-0 loss to AGWSR.
Hoyle’s season-best 28 kills in the win over St. Edmond was the most in a single game by any RVC athlete this season, tied for the fifth-best output in all of 1A.