McKenzye Bruss and Hannah Fox were two of the best players on the Columbus prep girls volleyball team this fall.

Turns out, they also were two of the best in the Capitol North Conference.

Bruss was great at the service line and also excelled in her role as the team’s setter while the libero Fox was a hard nut to crack in the back row, and for their efforts, both received honorable mention on the league’s postseason awards list.

“McKenzye is a leader on and off the court,” Columbus coach Aileen Heller said of Bruss, who led the team in serve attempts (116), was second in aces (15) and had 140 assists. “She is always asking her teammates what she can do to be better for them and what she can do as a setter to make them successful. She is athletic and for only being 5-foot-6 she has a knack for pulling sets back into the court that are passed tightly.”

Of Fox, who led the team in digs (171) and aces (16), Heller said, “Hannah’s quickness and reaction time is some of the best we have seen come through our program. She’s been able to handle the back line incredibly well. She’s a leader in the back row and her teammates rely heavily on her to talk and help them read.”

Bruss also was second on the team in blocks (10) and digs (66) while Fox was second in serve attempts (112) and led in receptions (178).

Columbus finished fifth in the Capitol North at 2-8, while Lakeside Lutheran went through the league unbeaten to win the championship at 10-0.

Keep reading for FREE!
Enjoy more articles by signing up or logging in. No credit card required.


Player of the Year — Isabella Collins, Sr., Lakeside Lutheran.

First team — Isabella Collins*, Sr., Lakeside Lutheran; Grace Schopf*, Sr., Lake Mills; Kylee Gnabasik, Jr., Lakeside Lutheran; Sydney Lewellin, Soph., Lake Mills; Grace Kieselhorst, Jr., Watertown Luther Prep; Karli Johnson, Sr., Lakeside Lutheran.

Second team — Andrea Bortulin, Soph., Watertown Luther Prep; Amanda Miller, Sr., Lodi; Tatum Riggleman, Sr., Lodi; Kaitlyn Sharkey, Sr., Lodi; Payton Kuepers, Jr., Lakeside Lutheran; Jaden Kolinski, Jr., Lodi.

Honorable mention — Lauren Paulsen, Jr., Watertown Luther Prep; McKenzye Bruss, Jr., Columbus; Ella DeNoyer, Soph., Lakeside Lutheran; Sophia Lee, Sr., Lake Mills; Molly Anderson, Sr., Poynette; Sydney Langille, Jr., Lakeside Lutheran; Olivia Dunklebergre, Sr., Lake Mills; Hannah Fox, Jr., Columbus.

*Unanimous selection

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

We welcome reader interaction. What are your questions about this article? Do you have an idea to share? Please stick to the topic and maintain a respectful attitude toward other participants. (You can help: Use the 'Report' link to let us know of off-topic or offensive posts.)