Frye named all-state, four others all-conference volleyball team

LINDENWOOD BOUND — Warrenton senior Morgan Frye, front center, signed a letter of intent to continue her volleyball career at Lindenwood University. Also pictured in the front row are Logan Frye, sister; and Owen Frye, brother. Back row, from left, are Jennifer Frye, mother; and Dean Frye, father. Submitted photo.
Jeff Stahlhut

In a season that saw the Warrenton girls volleyball team finish with a record of 22-5, it comes as no surprise that quite a few members of the team were recognized with postseason honors.

 Those who were named first-team all-conference included junior Josey Schipper, junior Alyssa Bruce and senior Morgan Frye, all of whom were unanimous choices. Meanwhile, junior Abby Hammerberg and senior Allie Gerard were both named second-team all-conference.

First-team all-district honors went to Frye and Schipper, while Bruce, Ella Smith, Hammerberg, and Gerard were all named second-team all-district.

Head coach Randy Kindschuh, who himself was named conference coach of the year, had plenty of positive things to say about the Warriors honorees — starting with Frye — who was also the unanimous choice for conference player of the year and last week learned that she had been named Class 4 all-state.

“Morgan was our team captain on the floor and did a great job of leading our team to a 22-5 record and district runner-up (first ever for the school),” said Kindschuh. “Morgan led the team in kills with 347 and hit .390. We had seven games wiped out to Covid so she would have easily surpassed Allison Tonioli's school record of 379 had we had those games. Morgan also was second on the team in service points with 174 while hitting 98% of her serves and also had 40 aces. She was right behind Alyssa Bruce in passing going at a 2.33 rate on 870 serves received. Morgan never came out of a game, she was a six rotation player and will surely do the same at Lindenwood University next fall.”

 The Warriors’ talent and depth was on display all season, and it was deeper than just one or two players.

“My two setters, Allie Gerard and Abby Hammerberg, ran our 6-2 offense, which employs two setters,” said Kindschuh. “They both had over 300 assists, (Allie-353 and Abby-324). Last year we ran a 5-1 and Abby had over 580 assists. Had either of them run a 5-1 offense this season they would have had close to 700 assists which would be a school record, but they were both unselfish and wanted to do what was best for the team. Abby broke the school record with 70 ace serves, smashing fellow junior Josey Schipper's record of 59.”

Bruce, who is the Warrior’s career leader in ace serves, will also be returning next season. “It will make for an exciting season next year where they will all strive to be top gun on the record board,” said Kindschuh. “She broke the school record for service points in a season with 190 and is alone at the top of the career points with 389 with a season to go. She was also second on the team in aces with 54 and number one career-wise with 124.  Alyssa's biggest contribution to the team was her passing in serve receive and defense from the libero position. Alyssa passed an amazing 2.39 while receiving 826 serves. She was within two percentage points of the school passing record held by Amber Glazebrook, so she has her sights set on that for next year. Alyssa also had an amazing 62 set assists.”

Schipper, who was second on the team with 185 kills even after missing six games, also had 37 ace serves and passed at over 2.08.

“She still impressed the coaches (even with the missed games) who voted her onto the first team,” said Kindschuh. “She was one of two players who never came out and played all six rotations for us.”

Also set to return next season is Smith, another bright spot for the future of the team.

“She’s an up and coming junior who did a great job on the right side in our 6-2 offense,” said Kindschuh. “She will be a big factor in our success next fall.”

As for Kindschuh, he credits his team with his recognition as coach of the year.

“I owe it all to my players,” he said. “It does feel good to be recognized by your peers, but if not for my team it would not have happened.”


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