Coaches have nominated and chosen Morkeia Mutchelknaus as Oahe Volleyball’s March 2015 Player of the Month.
Morkeia Mutchelknaus of the 12s team was nominated by her coach because she “works very hard in practice with a good attitude, and makes adjustments during matches to make her team more successful. She is a leader on the court and is always positive towards her teammates.” Morkeia has been a key player so far this season, helping the 12s team win two tournaments and gold medals so far this year.
“My greatest thrills are when I go back to serve and winning the tournament,” said Mutchelknaus. “I always work on getting my serves over and hard. I also try to work on talking and being ready to go after every ball.”
Morkeia has been working on her volleyball skills for two years, and enjoys the sport because of her teammates and friends. She was born in Pierre and has one brother and one sister, Oksana, who is also her teammate.
When she’s not playing volleyball, Morkeia is also a member of the swim team and plays the violin in orchestra. One of her idols is six-time Olympic medalist Rebeca Soni.
Honorable mentions for the award this month were Abbi Kitts (15s) and Ashton Smith (16s).
Coaches have nominated and chosen Sara Herman as Oahe Volleyball’s April 2015 Player of the Month.
Sara Herman of the 16s team was nominated by her coach because she “came into the club with a lot of skill and natural ability, but has still taken instruction and made great changes to her game. It is wonderful to be able to use a live pass from Sara when we’re running a drill in practice. During games she keeps everyone positive and raises her teammates to a higher level as a dynamic asset in both skill and leadership. I have a lot of confidence in Sara.”
Oahe Elite is fortunate that Sara and her teammate, Ashton, are willing to drive from Presho to be part of our club. She is always early to practice and does what is asked of her. Even if it means passing until her arms are purple while the rest of her team runs through hitting lines.
“I love passing and that’s mostly what I work on but I could improve on everything about my volleyball game,” said Herman. “My greatest thrill is close games that end in a win for my team.”
Motivated by her competitive spirit and her love for the game, Sara is consistently vocal and often sacrifices her body to dig a ball. She has natural court awareness and quick feet, making her a great libero for the 16s.
Born in in Reliance, Sara has been playing volleyball since the age of five with her older sisters. She is a varsity starter for the Lyman Raiders, and has received First team and Second team All-Conference awards. When she’s not driving to Pierre to play volleyball, Sara also runs track.
Honorable mentions for the award this month were Chloe Kaiser (15s) and Kenzie Kuxhaus (14s).
Congratulations to the athletes that have been nominated and selected. Thank you for making Oahe Elite Volleyball a better program!