Perry netters receive series of honors for athletics, academics

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Perry netters Sidney Vancil (2) and Victoria Hegstrom look on as Sydney Guerra receives a serves from a DC-G player in Grimes during the opening round of the Class 4A postseason Oct. 26.


The Perry volleyball team has earned an IGHSAU Distinguished Academic Achievement Award for excellence in the classroom by having team members in grades 10-12 post a combined grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

In addition, Jayette senior netters Mariah Duffy, Victoria Hegstrom, Taylor Lathrum and Ellie Nielsen, along with juniors Grace Marburger and Adrian Thompson and sophomore Sid Vancil each earned All-Raccoon River Conference All-Academic status for having an individual GPA of 3.25 or higher.

On-court prowess was not overlooked, either, as Nielsen was named to the All-RRC First Team while Vancil was named to the Honorable Mention list.

Ellie Nielsen rips an attack while fellow Jayette Taylor Lathrum takes a defensive position.
Ellie Nielsen rips an attack while fellow Jayette Taylor Lathrum takes a defensive position against visiting Winterset Oct. 6

Nielsen finished with 56 kills, 46 digs and 23 assists while serving 65-of-72 (.903) with seven aces while making three blocks in 25 RRC sets this season. Vancil had 130 assists, 26 digs, a pair of kills and six aces on 75-of-80 (.938) serving in 26 sets in RRC play.

Perry was 12-23 overall and 0-7 in conference play this year.

Perry's Sidney Vancil sets the ball for a Jayette attacker against Odgen, Victoria Hegstrom (9) is in foreground.
Perry sophomore Sidney Vancil sets the ball for a Jayette attacker against Bondurant-Farrar Sept. 22. Jayette senior Victoria Hegstrom (9) is in foreground.

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