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Postseason awards: Kiya Issendorf’s all-around game earns her MVP honors for Alex

Alexandria volleyball recognizes athletes for one of the best seasons in recent program history.

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Alexandria junior setter Kiya Issendorf sets up a teammate during a match against Rocori on Sept. 28, 2021. Issendorf earned the Cardinals' MVP Award this past fall season after racking up 604 assists, 64 kills, 15 blocks, 31 serving aces and 216 digs. Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press

The Alexandria volleyball team recognized one of the best seasons in recent program history after going 21-2 overall as junior setter Kiya Issendorf took home the Cardinals’ team MVP Award from their banquet.

Issendorf was named All-Central Lakes Conference, along with teammates Tessa McGrane, Hadley Thul (159 kills) and Charlotte Lempka (164 kills, 45 blocks). Cora Larson (124 digs), Maggie Anderson (198 kills) and Lilly Thul (77 kills, 37 blocks) were honorable-mention All-CLC selections.

Issendorf shined as a setter with 604 assists, but she did a little bit of everything for the Cardinals. She added 64 kills, 15 blocks, 31 serving aces and 216 digs.

McGrane, a senior libero, thrived in her role from the back row as she was named an all-state player. McGrane had a team-best 314 digs to earn Alexandria’s award as the top defensive player on the team. She also added 32 serving aces, second best on the team to Erika Wentworth’s 35.

Senior Lilly Thul earned the Cardinal Award for her play on the court and her leadership ability as one of the team captains.

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Anderson, a senior outside hitter, earned Alexandria’s final team award as this group’s best offensive player. She was a go-to hitter all season as her 198 kills led the Cardinals.

Alexandria’s on-court success included winning a Central Lakes Conference championship with Willmar after both teams went 10-1 in league play. The Cardinals finished as the Section 8-3A runner-up after a win by Sauk Rapids-Rice in the tournament championship.

Off the court, the Cardinals also performed well in the classroom where they earned a team academic gold award.

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Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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