Perrel, Theisen earn MRC honors for W-M

The Watertown-Mayer volleyball recently wrapped up its 2012 season, and had two player earn all-conference honors.

Outside hitter Maggie Perrel was named first-team all-conference in the Minnesota River Conference, and outside hitter Kate Theisen receive honorable-mention honors. Both players were seniors.

For Perrel, it was the second year in a row that she earned first-team all-conference honors. Perrel led the team in three categories this year including kills (236), service aces (36) and blocks (62). She was also second on the team with 152 digs and drew praise from Watertown-Mayer coach Janis Runka for her well-rounded game.

“She was certainly a force at the net,” Runka said. “She could hit such a variety of sets, which is nice. She was versatile in front and also, she was very good at defense. She ran down a lot of balls. She offers a lot of versatility, the complete package, so to speak. She wasn’t just a hitter or a blocker. She did a little of everything.”

Theisen earned honorable mention honors after finishing third on the team with 128 kills. She also led the team with 192 digs and had 16 service aces.

“Kate was the energizer bunny,” Runka said. “You wind it up and she just doesn’t quit. That’s good. If there was a possibility to get a ball up, Kate would certainly give it every shot possible to keep a ball in play. I think that was a motivator for everybody else.”

As a team, the Royals struggled to a disappointing 12-15 record in a season that ended with a 3-1 loss at Mound-Westonka in the first-round of the playoffs. The Royals flashed brilliance at times, such as when they won the first set against Mound-Westonka or battled tough against teams like Mayer Lutheran and LeSueur-Henderson, but at other times, the team was plagued by mistakes.

The Royals finished in seventh place in the MRC with a 2-5 record.
“Knowing the amount of potential we had, it was frustrating that we didn’t perform to that potential all the time,” Runka said. “There were times when we did really well, but we just didn’t do it consistently enough. … I feel like we left some business unfinished.”

Other team leaders for the Royals included Ashley Vealetzek, who was second on the team with 147 kills. Chelsea Wandersee, in her first year as the team’s starting setter, finished with 617 set assists and was second on the team with 35 service aces. Wandersee also ranked fourth on the team with 68 kills.

Also for the Royals, Ashley Kelzer had 57 kills and Kiana Paulson had 51. Wandersee had 145 digs and Vealetzek had 141. Vealetzek also had 22 blocks.

In addition to Perrel and Theisen, Shelby May was the team’s other senior this season.