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Volleyball: Duwenhoegger, Hardy named volleyball co-MVPs

Alexandria's Kendra Hardy puts down a kill in the playoff game against Willmar on Oct. 31. Hardy joined fellow junior McKenzie Duwenhoegger as being named co-MVP of the Cardinals this season. (Curt Hogg / Forum News Service)1 / 6
Tori Jeseritz2 / 6
Mya Lesnar3 / 6
McKenzie Carlson4 / 6
McKenzie Duwenhoegger5 / 6
Johnson Devany6 / 6

The Alexandria volleyball team finished its season strong with a tournament run in the Section 8, Class AAA playoffs, and the Cardinals honored the athletes responsible for that at its season-ending banquet where junior captains McKenzie Duwenhoegger and Kendra Hardy were both named co-MVPs.

Duwenhoegger and Hardy also earned All-Central Lakes Conference honors for helping Alexandria to a 7-5 record in league play. That was good for fourth place in the CLC, behind Willmar and Sauk Rapids-Rice at 11-1 and Rocori at 9-2.

Hardy was also recognized as the offensive player of the year for the Cardinals, while junior Devany Johnson was named defensive player of the year.

The Spirit Award and the Coaches Award went to senior McKenzie Carlson, and senior Tori Jeseritz earned the Cardinal Award. She was also a standout in the classroom where she earned all-state academic recognition.

Sophomore Mya Lesnar also helped solidify the front row for the Cardinals as she earned this team's Hustle Award for her efforts. Lesnar and fellow sophomores Erika Roderick and Mia McGrane all received All-CLC honorable-mention honors.

The Cardinals were a young team this season that finished above the .500 mark at 16-13 overall. They will graduate three seniors in Carlson, Jeseritz and Courtney Gould after they helped Alexandria to a couple of tournament wins over St. Cloud Tech and Bemidji before the season ended against Willmar on Oct. 31.