The U-Prep volleyball team landed two players – Madi Friebel and Madison Kennedy – on the All Northern Section Volleyball first team. The Panthers also added second-team selection in Kennedy Kremer. (Photo by Aaron Williams / Shasta County Sports)
The 2018 All Northern Section volleyball team was announced today and Shasta County saw eight players land on the three teams, including three first-team selections.
University Prep sophomore Madison Kremer and her junior teammate Madi Friebel along with Enterprise senior Jadyn Matthews were named to the first team.
The All Section selections are voted on by active media members in the north state, including Shasta County Sports, The Chico Enterprise-Record, The Marysville Appeal Democrat, The Redding Record Searchlight and MaxPreps. The All Section teams are chosen by the media members taking into account the various all-league selections, coaches input and game coverage until consensus is reached.
This year’s group of talent includes All Section MVP Makenna Joyce of Pleasant Valley and Coach of the Year Kim Travis of Pierce, who led the Bears to a Division IV Northern Section title and a quarterfinal trip in the NorCal round.
Here is a list of the three teams, followed by information about the Shasta County choices.
OH – Julia Shepherd, Pleasant Valley, So.
OH – Madison Kremer, University Prep, So.
OH – Jadyn Matthews, Enterprise, Sr.
MB – Sydney Gott, Quincy, Sr.
S – Madi Friebel, University Prep, Jr.
S – Jordan Bennett, Pleasant Valley, Jr.
AA – Makenna Joyce, Pleasant Valley, Jr.
OH – Kennedy Kremer, University Prep, Jr.
OH – Callie Muniz, Pierce, Sr.
OH – Sarah Ault, Foothill, Jr.
MB – Courtney Oilar, Shasta, Jr.
S – Maddy Kunkle, Sutter, Jr.
S – Taylor O’Reilly, Willows, Sr.
AA – Teagan Freeman, Shasta, Jr.
OH – Teagan Ford, Etna, Sr.
OH – Meghan Weinrich, Willows, Jr.
OH – Morgan Avrit, Hamilton, Jr.
MB – Emily Hanlon, Chico, Sr.
S – Annie Lay, Colusa, Jr.
S – Madeline Eastman, Yreka, Sr.
AA – Abby Pearson, Redding Christian, Sr.
MVP – Makenna Joyce, Pleasant Valley
Coach of the Year – Kim Travis, Pierce
First team selections
Madison Kremer, U-Prep, Outside Hitter
The sophomore outside hitter led the section in kills with 528 with a .356 hitting percentage. Kremer helped lead the 32-7 Panthers to a semifinal appearance in the NorCal playoffs after a runner-up spot in the Northern Section Division IV playoffs, losing to Pierce in straight sets.
She also had a 46.9 percent kill percentage.
In addition to her hitting totals, Kremer also had 352 digs as a six-rotation player, 77 aces and 23 blocks.
Jadyn Matthews, Enterprise, Outside Hitter
The Hornets’ senior was 10th in the section in kills with 300 and a kill percentage of 31.4. She added 361 digs, which was good enough for for 13th best in the Northern Section.
She helped lead Enterprise to a 24-18 record and No. 3 seed in the Division III playoffs.
An all-around player, Matthews also served up 63 aces in 115 sets played.
Madi Friebel, U-Prep, Setter
The Panthers’ junior was a force for U-Prep, dishing out 1,067 assists. The total was second only to PV’s Jordan Bennett.
The catalyst of the U-Prep offense, Friebel was all over the court setting up fellow first-team pick Madison Kremer and her equally lethal sister, Kennedy Kremer.
Seven times, Friebel dished out more than 40 assists in a match, with a high of 55 against Woodland Christian.
Second team selections
Kennedy Kremer, U-Prep, Outside Hitter
The older sister of Madison, Kennedy was four kills total (524) behind Madison for the Northern Section lead. The sisters provided a powerful 1-2 punch for the Panthers and bene
fited from Friebel’s sets. Kennedy Kremer had a 42 percent kill rate and had a .284 hitting percentage.
In addition to the kills, she also notched 238 digs and served up 98 aces with 24 blocks.
Sarah Ault, Foothill, Outside Hitter
The Cougars junior did a bit of everything for Pablo Lana’s squad. She knocked down 147 kills, had 121 digs and 243 assists for Foothill (13-16), which lost to Shasta in four sets in the Division III finals.
Her versatility was evident in the fact she had six games with at least 20 assists and six games with double-digit kills.
Courtney Oilar, Shasta, Middle Blocker
The Wolves junior was 15th in the section in kills as a middle hitter with 267, but her leaping ability gave opponents trouble as she added 96 solo blocks from her middle spot.
Oilar had a 45 percent kill percentage and hit at 32 percent as she helped lead the 18-16 Wolves to a Northern Section Division III title and an appearance in the Northern California finals, falling to D-IV state runner-up Hillmar.
Teagan Freeman, Shasta, All-Around
As Freeman went, so went the Wolves and in 2018, the Wolves did just fine. The senior and three-year varsity player was second in the section in digs with 491, averaging 5.4 per set.
In addition to the digs, Freeman set up the Wolves’ offense with 546 serve receptions as Shasta advanced farther in the postseason than any west side team in recent memory.
Third team selection
Abby Pearson, Redding Christian, All-Around
The Northern Section leader in digs with 601, Pearson helped lead the Lions to a 29-4 mark, a Division VI runner-up finish and a NorCal semifinal finish. The senior averaged6.6 digs per set and added 513 serve receives for Redding Christian.
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