Mid-State Conference volleyball season awards

Six Lakers garner conference volleyball distinctions.

Senior Faith Keller (1) backs up a kill attempt by fellow senior Gabby Fredrickson (11) in a regular season home game versus Thief River Falls. Both players were named to the all-conference team with freshman Grace Gunderson. Robert Williams / Tribune

Three Lakers were named to the Mid-State All-Conference volleyball team for the 2020 season and a second trio of Lakers garnered honorable mention in an announcement released Thursday, Dec. 3.

Detroit Lakes senior libero Faith Keller, along with net presence of senior Gabby Fredrickson and freshman Grace Gunderson joined a group of 14 players earning all-conference distinctions.

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Mid-State All-Conference freshman outside hitter Grace Gunderson puts up a block in a 3-0 victory at Park Rapids Thursday, Nov. 5. Vance Carlson / Forum News Service

Mid-State champions Pequot Lakes had the most players named with five, including Lydia Hubbard, the conference’s most valuable player.


Patriot head coach Chris Ganley is the coach of the year.

Pequot Lakes was the lone team to defeat Detroit Lakes in 10 games as the Lakers finished 8-2 overall. The Patriots had an 11-game winning streak snapped by Perham in the 8AA subsection playoff before the season was halted.

Three Lakers earned honorable mention: freshman setter Ava Jones and seniors Jordyn Johnson and Madison Foster.

Mid-State Volleyball awards

Most Valuable Player: Lydia Hubbard, senior, Pequot Lakes

Coach of the Year: Chris Ganley, Pequot Lakes

All-Conference team:


Aitkin: Ally Ehnstrom, senior; Lydia Fellerman, senior;

Crosby-Ironton: Jacey Rydberg, senior;

Detroit Lakes: Gabby Fredrickson, senior; Grace Gunderson, freshman; Faith Keller, senior;

Pequot Lakes: Kate Bolz-Andolshek, senior; Rita Ganley, senior; Phoebe Glenn, senior; Lydia Hubbard, senior; Ella Pfeiffer, senior;

Staples-Motley: Tabetha Allen, senior; Heidi Lombard, senior.

Honorable Mention:

Aitkin: Kate Pelarski, senior;

Crosby-Ironton: Mya Decent, junior; Kallie Papenfuss, junior;


Detroit Lakes: Madison Foster, senior; Jordyn Johnson, senior; Ava Jones, freshman;

Pequot Lakes: Maci Martin, sophomore;

Staples-Motley: Morgan Becker, junior; Leah Bestland, junior.

Mid-State Conference Standings

(Team, Conf., Overall)

Pequot Lakes 7-0 11-1

Detroit Lakes 4-2 8-2


Aitkin 4-2 6-5

Staples-Motley 3-2 5-3

Crosby-Ironton 2-7 4-9

Park Rapids 0-7 0-10

Robert Williams has been a sports editor for Forum Communications in Perham and Detroit Lakes since 2011.
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