Summer Salettel’s proficiency at the net was second to none on Beaver Dam’s prep girls volleyball team this season, as she led in hitting percentage, kills and blocks.
She also was arguably the best middle in the Badger North Conference.
That is the opinion of Beaver Dam coach Doug Pickarts, anyway.
“Because,” he said, “she has a wide variety of hitting angles and is a very strong blocker.”
For her efforts, Salettel was a first team all-conference selection, leading a list of Golden Beavers who made the Badger North’s postseason awards list that also included junior Haley Allen and senior Emily Schliesman.
Salettel averaged 8.1 kills and 2.4 total blocks (23 solo and 63 assisted) per match this season in 37 overall matches in conference and non-conference play. Her hitting percentage of 22.4 was also tops on the team (minimum 700 attempts) and her play in conference helped her make the jump from being a second-teamer in 2018 to a first-teamer this year.
Meantime, Allen led the Golden Beavers in aces (1.3 per match in 39 overall matches) and was second in serving percentage (94.5), kills (6.9 per match) and hitting percentage (18.5) en route to receiving second team honors.
“I consider Haley our best all-around player,” Pickarts said. “(Like Salettel) she also had a wide variety of attacks; she served very well; and she may have been the most consistent passer on the team.
“I am excited to see what she is capable of next season with the loss of several strong hitters (from this year’s team).”
Schliesman capped off her highly successful career by receiving honorable mention.
The senior setter averaged 22.1 assists per match in 34 matches, amassing 753 on the year to push her career total over 2,000. She also was second on the team in digs per match at 6.5.
Beaver Dam had one of its best years in recent memory, finishing tied for second in the Badger North during the dual season (5-2) and fourth overall after taking fourth at the conference tournament.
The Golden Beavers then won in the WIAA Division 1 regional semifinals and very nearly pulled off an upset in the finals, pushing Watertown — the seventh-ranked team in the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association’s final poll of the year — to five sets before dropping the fifth set and deciding set in narrow fashion, 15-12.
ALL-BADGER NORTH CONFERENCE
Player of the Year — Milla Malik, Sr., Waunakee.
First team — Milla Malik*, Sr., outside hitter, Waunakee; Elisa Goetzinger*, Sr., outside hitter, Mt. Horeb; Sam Miller, Sr., setter, Waunakee; Kaitlyn Zunker, Sr., middle hitter, Reedsburg; Maddy Mason, Sr., right side/setter, Mt. Horeb; Kaycee Meiners, Sr., middle hitter, DeForest; Summer Salettel, Sr., middle hitter, Beaver Dam.
Second team — McKenzie Gruner, Soph., outside hitter/middle hitter, Baraboo; Haley Allen, Jr., outside hitter, Beaver Dam; Leah Doucette, Sr., setter, DeForest; Ainsley Apel, Sr., libero, Sauk Prairie; Olivia Breunig, Jr., setter/outside hitter, Sauk Prairie; Aida Shadewald, Soph., outside hitter, Sauk Prairie; Jocelyn Meinholz, Sr., outside hitter, Waunakee.
Honorable mention — Emily Schliesman, Jr., Beaver Dam; Emily BonoAnno, Sr., DeForest; Natalie Compe, Jr., DeForest; Abby Steinhauer, Jr., Mt. Horeb; McKena Yelk, Sr., Portage; Macie Wieman, Soph., Reedsburg; Chloe Larsen, Jr., Waunakee; Hayley Krysinski, Sr., Waunakee.