Braves celebrate volleyball season

For the Tribune


Riley Wischmeier received the most valuable player award, plus three other special honors, when the Brownstown Central

volleyball team honored its 2014 squad on Monday.

Wischmeier, a senior, was named to the Mid-Southern All-Conference first team, and she received the leading hitter and leading blocker awards. She was also named to the Class 3A all-state team and was named academic all-state honorable mention.

Abby Brown, a junior, received the mental attitude award.

Brooke Ebbing was also named to the MSC first team, while Courtnie Pullen earned the serving award and was named the outstanding defensive player.

Pullen played libero for the senior south team in the north-south all-star match Sunday at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis.

Wischmeier and Ebbing were also nominated for the senior team, while Morgan Wehmiller and Maddy Pace were nominated for the junior team.

Varsity coach Jennifer Shade said the MVP and mental attitude awards are voted on by the team, while the other special awards are based on statistics.

Richayla Huff received the assists award, and Morgan Wehmiller received the

passer award.

Shade said the banquet is bittersweet to her because it was the final time for the whole team to be together.

The Braves won the Mid-Southern Conference this fall and were 15-18 for the season. The Braves lost in five sets to Silver Creek in sectional, marking an end to their string of 17-straight sectional titles in Class 2A and 3A.

“What makes our season is what the girls do on the court,” Shade said. “The season didn’t end the way we wanted it to, but the season shows our success. We used to go 30-1 and had records like that, and we made our schedule tougher. Winning the MSC is huge, and that is success. We had losses, but we had a lot of success. We didn’t stop trying.”

Seniors on the team

were Ebbing, Pullen and Wischmeier.

“I hate to see the seniors go,” Shade said. “The memories they made they will keep in their hearts.

“All of our seniors were big contributors. They’ve been playing in our program for a while. A couple of them played in the off-season and played really hard, and that contributes to their success when they come back to school. That’s why those are the ones that were receiving the awards. Our players were a class act.”

Coach Cassidy Wurtzburger introduced the junior varsity players and announced Madison Klinge as the most improved player. The JV

was 14-4.

Freshman coach Janelle Deck brought up members of her team and said that team had a record of 17-1.