From left to right: Hanna Nissen, Emily Schipper, Haley Dash, Mallory Melvin, Madi Parson are 2018 Clinton Herald First Team All-Area selections. 

Introducing the 2018 Clinton Herald All-Area volleyball team:

Outside Hitter

Steamers overcome mistakes to down E-P

Carie Kuehn/Clinton HeraldFulton junior Emily Schipper (7) attacks during the third set of Fulton's win over Erie-Prophetstown earlier this season. 

First Team: Emily Schipper, Fulton High School, Junior 

The season: Schipper ran the Fulton offense with a team-high 270 kills, just over three kills per set. She also added 36 service aces and another 35 blocks, good for second on the team. To top it off, Schipper led the team in the backrow with 187 digs. Schipper was a unanimous pick for the TRAC 1st Team

Last word: "Emily is a natural volleyball athlete who loves the game. She is a well-rounded player that shines on every spot on the court from passing, serving, hitting and blocking. She is a great leader and is a joy to coach." - Fulton coach Stacy Germann

Second Team: Tarah Wehde, Camanche High School, Junior

The season: Wehde capped off her successful junior season with 200 kills on the season, the second most on the hard hitting Indian squad. She also had a team high 380 serve successes, boasting a 92 percent serve efficiency and a team high 52 aces.

Third Team: Emily Swanson, Central DeWitt High School, Senior

The season: Swanson led the front row for the Sabers with a team-high 221 kills and 53 blocks. She also added a 93 percent serve efficiency, serving 211 inbounds. Swanson was one of the two Sabers to earn All-Conference honors from the WaMaC.

Middle Blocker

Clinton can't find momentum against PV

Rachael Keating/Clinton HeraldClinton junior middle hitter Grace Tubbs (14) spikes the ball against Pleasant Valley freshman Emily Woods (7) and sophomore Erica Brohm (5) during the first set of Tuesday night’s match at Yourd Gym. The River Queens lost to Pleasant Valley 3-0.

First Team: Grace Tubbs, Clinton High School, Senior

The season: The Clinton middle blocker helped with the River Queen sub-state journey, leading them with 360 kills and a whopping 72 blocks throughout the season. She earned MAC player of the year honors on the all-conference list. The middle hitter signed her national letter of intent to play at the University of Iowa on Nov. 14.

Last word: Her commitment to volleyball at both the high school and club levels keep a ball in her hands year-round. Her athletic abilities are great, but to have the honor of coaching and getting to know Grace as a person makes coaching even more fun." - Clinton coach Micah Cewe

Second Team: Daekota Knott, Fulton High School, Senior

The season: Knott was second on the team with 160 kills, but really led the team defensively. She notched 115 total blocks in her 85 sets played, averaging 1.4 blocks per set. Knott was a unanimous 1st team choice for the TRAC.

Third Team: Sadie Zaruba, Easton Valley High School, Senior

The season: Zaruba was second on the team in kills with 129 and was a dual threat with an additional 173 digs, also second on the team. In a block-heavy River Hawks lineup, Zaruba was one of the top ones all season finishing with 44 total. Zaruba was named to the Tri-Rivers All-Conference 1st team.

Utility Player


Madi Parson serves a ball earlier this month. She is one of the five seniors set to graduate from the Camanche High School volleyball this summer. 

First Team: Madi Parson, Camanche High School, Senior

The season: Parson served as the team leader for the Indians, making huge differences in both the back and front row. She led with 442 kills, but then added 224 digs, 34 blocks and 48 aces. She was also one of five Indians to serve over 90 percent from the service line with a 96 percent serve efficiency.

Last word: She has been a tremendous asset to the program the past four years... she is a great all-around person and is fun to have in practice, or be around in general." - Camanche coach Heather Clark.

Second Team:

Anabel Blount, Prince of Peace Catholic School, Sophomore

The season: Blount was the Irish’s leader in kills with 239, also serving the back row with 272 digs on the season. She added even more consistency to the young team from the service line with 38 aces. Blount was named to the Tri-Rivers East All-Conference 1st team as a sophomore.

Third Team: Molly Chapman, Clinton High School, Senior

The season: Chapman did a little bit of everything for the River Queens. She was one of the kill leaders, finishing with 164 on the season. Chapman also had 42 blocks and served the defense with 228 digs.



Camanche senior Hanna Nissen poses before Tuesday night’s game with a commemorative volleyball to acknowledge the setter becoming the program’s all-time leader in assists on Saturday afternoon.

First Team: Hanna Nissen, Camanche High School, Senior

The season: Nissen made 818 assists to her many power hitters for the sub-state bound Indian squad in 2018, averaging nearly nine assists per set. She also added 134 digs in the back row.

Last word: She's a great setter. She's probably one of the better setters in the state. I know not a lot of credit goes to her because everyone talks about the kills, but who is behind the kills? That's Hanna. She does an amazing hob running all over to get to those balls and get them to the hitters."

Second Team: Brooke Mulholland, Clinton High School, Setter

The season: Mulholland took control of the River Queen offense in the setter position, which she’s held since she was an underclassman. She finished with a total of 833 assists and 216 digs in the back row, contributing another 25 blocks as well. Mulholland earned 2nd team all-conference honors from the MAC.

Third Team: Isabel Hansen, Prince of Peace High School, Sophomore

The season: Hansen served as the Irish’s primary setter with 423 assists throughout the 2018 campaign. In addition, she added 62 kills. She shined from the service line with 56 aces in 292 serving successes and dug up 171 balls from the back row as well. Hansen was named an honorable mention in the Tri-Rivers Conference.

Defensive Specialist

Queens drop home match

Carie Kuehn/Clinton HeraldClinton senior Haley Dash receives a serve in the back during Clinton’s loss to Bettendorf Tuesday night at home.

First Team: Haley Dash, Clinton High School, Senior

The season: Dash ran the back row for the successful Clinton team with 444 digs this season, over four digs per set. She also served 96% from the serving line this season, serving 16 aces while at it. Dash was named to the MAC All-Conference 2nd team.

Last word: Most players have their ups and downs, but Haley stayed consistent and really made it hard for opponents to put a ball down in her area, Haley won sets and matches for us this year by giving our offense more swings with her outstanding, emergency one-armed ups and aggressive defense. Liberos are very underrated but I know for a fact that without Haley on our team this year, we wouldn't have won half the matches we did this season.'" - Cewe

Second Team: Camryn Carstensen, Camanche High School, Senior

The season: As the Indians’ libero, Carstensen had a team-high 258 digs to hold the scrappy defense steady. She also had 322 serve completions in 355 attempts, good for another 30 service aces this season.

Third Team: Katie Fox, Central DeWitt High School, Senior

The season: Fox was the back bone of the Saber defense, digging up 221 balls throughout the season, good for a team-high 2.5 digs per set. Fox also served over 90% with 182 serve successes.


Queens kill

Rachael Keating/Clinton HeraldClinton junior Mallory Melvin (10) celebrates with her teammates during the second set of Wednesday night’s regional match against Central DeWitt at Clinton High School. The River Queens beat the Sabers in three sets.

First Team: Mallory Melvin, Clinton High School, Senior

The season: Melvin served 375 times successfully in bounds in just 440 attempts, notching a total of 50 aces in her senior season. She also had another 237 digs for the River Queen defense.

Last word: Mallory was an extremely valuable defender for our team this past season. She put the puzzle pieces together to make our back row very difficult to find any court. She was very coachable and was willing to put the team first as a defensive specialist the past two years." - Cewe

Second Team: Kylee Sweenie, Fulton High School, Junior

The season: Sweenie led the Steamers with 57 aces, serving nearly 300 balls into play throughout the season. She added 100 digs from the back row onto her junior season.

Third Team: Morgan Hines, Northeast High School, Senior

The season: Hines did a little bit of everything for the Rebels her senior year, but served successfully 197 times, the highest on the team. She was also good for 27 aces in the time. Hines added 71 kills and 118 assists this year, both leading the Rebels.

Honorable Mentions:

Sarah Osaro, Camanche High School, Senior; Haley Duran, Camanche High School, Sophomore; Macy Mulholland, Clinton High School, Senior; Megan Gandrup, Clinton High School, Senior; Lily Isenhour, Prince of Peace, Freshman; Paige Kuehl, Prince of Peace, Sophomore; Abby Green, Easton Valley, Senior; Macy Wilhelm, Easton Valley, Junior; RaeAnn Carlson, Easton Valley High School, Junior: Mya Cavanaugh, Central DeWitt High School, Senior; Payton Claussen, Northeast High School, Senior; Haley Bickelhaupt, Unity Christian High School, Senior; Michelle Striley, Unity Christian High School, Junior