2017-11-30 / Sports

Familiar faces light up 2017 Dream Team

By Jay Bushen
Sports Editor


With an infectious smile and a thunderous swing, Rowan Wilson galvanized the Leland volleyball team this season.

“Clearly our emotional leader on and off the floor,” coach Laurie Glass said. “She plays with passion and so much heart. I think everybody enjoys being around her and watching her play.”

Opposing coaches in Leelanau County took notice this season, Wilson’s last in a Leland uniform.

County coaches collaborated with the Enterprise sports staff in tabbing the standout outside hitter as the 2017 Dream Team MVP on Tuesday.

Wilson, who led Leland with 397 kills and 483 kills, is one of eight players — and one of five Comets — on the all-peninsula team this year. Her consistent contributions were key as Leland (40-11-2) won a seventh consecutive district championship.

The same can be said of two Leland juniors, outside hitter Allie Martin and setter Ella Siddall, who are back on the Dream Team for a third straight year.

Siddall led Leelanau County with 1,080 assists and 119 aces this season while Martin amassed 210 kills, 302 digs and 56 aces despite offseason and midseason bouts with injury.

Two classmates, middle hitter Maddy Grosvenor and libero Margie Stowe, join them on the all-county roster. The defensive standouts combined to rack up 709 digs and 93 aces.

What can Glass say about Leland landing five spots on the Dream Team?

“I would tell you I have 12 all-county Dream Teamers,” Glass said, “and I wouldn’t trade any one of them.”

Glen Lake (20-16) and Northport (18-13-4) are also represented this year following much-improved seasons.

Versatile senior hitter Sarah Reynolds led the way for Northport, tallying a team-high 305 kills to go with 189 digs, 16 aces and 11 blocks.

Senior outside hitter Joan Ogemaw impressed, as well, returning to the Dream Team after a one-year hiatus.

“Joan developed into a dominant player at the net as a senior, led the team in blocks and could hit a variety of shots,” Northport coach Teresa Szur said. “She has a dynamic jump serve and when she was in the zone she was unstoppable.”

Glen Lake coach Liz Moeggenberg had similar things to say about her senior outside hitter, Mallory Lund.

Lund, a four-year starter and a 2016 Dream Team honoree, played a key role in righting the ship at Glen Lake. The team went 2-22 her freshman year.

“She has helped us develop the program and change the mentality of the way Laker volleyball players step foot on the court,” Moeggenberg said.

Suttons Bay (5-24) was not represented on the all-county club this year.

DREAM TEAM BREAKDOWN

By Program:
Leland: 5
Northport: 2
Glen Lake: 1
Suttons Bay: 0

By Class:
Seniors: 4
Juniors: 4
Sophomores: 0
Freshmen: 0

2016 Team:
Julie Bardenhagen (Leland)
Taylor Devol (Suttons Bay)
Mallory Lund (Glen Lake)
Allie Martin (Leland)
Ella Siddall (Leland)
Kyra Vezina (Suttons Bay)
Rowan Wilson (Leland)


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