By Christian Corne
Selections based on 2021 stats and accolades
YORK — The 2022 high school volleyball season is fast approaching, with most teams preparing to hit the court on Thursday, Aug. 25, the first day of the season.
Over the next four weeks, the York News-Times will break down volleyball’s best returning players in coverage, based on 2021 stats and postseason accolades.
This is the first of four installments. The second will take place on Friday, August 5, the third on August 12, and the final installment on August 19.
Kenzie Wruble, Sr., High Plains–OH
Wruble made his presence felt all over the court for the Storm as a junior, helping High Plains reach the District Finals. The new senior hammered a team-high 201 kills with a .146 hit percentage last fall and crushed 47 aces while posting a 92 serve percentage.
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She also had 16 assists, 12 blocks and 178 digs en route to being selected as one of three co-captains of the YNT all-around team.
“Kenzie is a very versatile player who moved from different places throughout her high school career,” High Plains head coach Brittany Klingsporn said at the end of the year. “She was team captain this year and was one of our go-to players for eliminations and on-court leadership. She has improved her skills a lot over the past two years and continues to work hard and improve herself and her teammates.
Wruble has recorded double-digit wins in seven games in 2021, beating 16 winners against Giltner on September 2. .
Along with his all-region nod, Wruble earned an All-CRC First-Team selection and was a Class D-2 Honorable Mention in both the LJS and OWH.
Bren Lemburg, SR., Cross County – RS
Lemburg appeared in 86 sets in 2021 and hammered 169 kills while posting a .171 hit percentage. Among Cougars with at least 20 attempts, Lemburg ranked third in kills and second in hit percentage.
The incoming senior recorded 210 assists and smashed 28 aces on a 94.4 serve percentage as a junior, both of which were the team’s second highest mark. Defensively, Lemburg collected 225 digs and blocked 33 attacks.
“Bren has been our most consistent hitter even though she hasn’t led our team in kills,” head coach Autumn Capler said last fall. “She was our go-to player in high-pressure situations because of her decision-making abilities. She really came to the end of the season and showed what a great player she could be in the conference tournament and earned her spot on the All Conference Tournament Team. She was second on our team in digs and tied for second in aces. We used her as a setter when we took Shyanne (Anderson) out and put her on the outside.
Lemburg broke a season-high 18 eliminations in a loss to Exeter-Milligan on October 18, recorded double-figure winners in three matches and collected at least eight on seven occasions.
An all-area selection in 2021, Lemburg also earned an all-CRC honorable mention. Additionally, the LJS and OWH designated the junior as a Class D-1 honorable mention.
Karley Naber, JR., centenarian – OH
The Broncos struggled growing through a rebuilding year in 2021, but Naber — the Broncos’ only returning starter from the 2020 state team — had another solid year as a sophomore. last fall.
Naber finished second on the team in eliminations with 168 winners in 88 sets played. She hit .097 for the season and registered nine assists. The incoming junior also crushed 37 aces on a 96.7 serve percentage and recorded 16 blocks and 272 digs.
“Karley really took over the leadership role on our team. She was the only returning starter and really tried to take the team under her wing,” Broncos head coach Alex Anstine said. Maybe not the most vocal on the team, she really led by example by working hard every day in practice and games, and was truly playing her best volleyball at the end of the season.
She recorded three double-digit wins last fall, including a season-high 12 wins in a five-set loss to Palmyra in the sub-district final. Naber also beat the season’s top six aces in a three-set sweep against Sandy Creek on September 7.
Selected in all YTNT regions, Naber earned second-team Nebraska Southern Conference honors for her performance in 2021. She was also a Class C-2 honorable mention in the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World Herald.