Volleyball in Kansas: Final 2021 Statistical Leaders, Rare Feats and Nationally Recognized Players

Inman’s Reagan Brake broke multiple school records en route to a huge year.


Sports In Kansas presents its final volleyball statistics for the 2021 season. This marks the third year that SIK has covered volleyball extensively across all platforms, including stories, features, social media and video content and weekly statistics. All-state teams will be released later in the month from the Kansas Volleyball Association, along with some all-state stories. We thank all the players, coaches, parents and administrators for working with us again this year and taking time.

In addition to the individual lists below, SIK wanted to note several players with impressive statistical lines and/or records, including some who might not have been featured in-depth this fall.

Inman senior middle hitter Reagan Brake delivered a phenomenal season with 406 kills and a .398 hitting percentage. Brake recorded 151 blocks, including 139 solo. She completely rewrote the Inman volleyball record book. Brake has committed to Division III Ohio Wesleyan. Brake set records for individual match kills (21) and blocks (11). She set individual single season marks for points scored (598), spikes (1132), kills, blocks and solo blocks. Brake collected first team all-league honors.

Nickerson junior Ava Jones narrowly missed the top-25 leaderboard in multiple categories. Across the board, Jones, a 6-foot-2 Arizona State basketball signing, finished with 324 kills and a .238 hitting percentage. She also led Nickerson with 48 aces, 86 blocks and 346 digs and 322 serve receptions. Jones is the only player in Kansas that SIK could find that led her team in kills, hitting percentage, aces, blocks, digs and serve receptions. As well, junior Josie McLean finished with 682 assists. Nickerson finished 30-11 and lost in the sub-state title game to Cheney, the eventual 3A runner-up.

Liberal’s Bree Horyna earned Western Athletic Player of the Year. Horyna has committed to Hutchinson Community College basketball. Liberal finished 19-16 after an 0-10 start. Horyna finished with 300 kills, 312 digs and 34 aces. Horyna also reached state in all three throwing events last spring.

Blue Valley Southwest junior Reese Bates has played multiple positions and is a rare athlete who plays a different position in high school and club. Bates is a libero/defensive specialist and is being recruited for that position for college. Even in club, Bates played outside and right side when needed. Bates, though, set for the first time this fall. In a 6-2 offense, Bates finished with a 2.2 serve-receive on a 3.0 scale. She delivered 188 digs, 382 assists and 96 percent serving accuracy.

Lansing senior Caitlin Bishop earned United Kansas Conference Player of the Year. Bishop set the school record for career assists and led the Lions to the 5A volleyball title. Bishop finished with 3,037 assists. She has committed to University of Missouri-St. Louis. Ottawa setter Kirsten Evans, who helped the Cyclones to a 4A runner-up showing to Andale, finished with 3,452 career assists. It is exceedingly rare in recent Kansas history to clear 3,000 career assists. Evans also finished with 999 career digs and has committed to Fort Hays.

Olathe Heritage Christian sophomore Rachel Van Gorp picked up Kaw Valley Conference Player of the Year. HCA has won 2A and 3A titles the last two seasons.

Kansas players named to the national AVCA Best and Brightest First Team:

Kassidy Nixon, Central Plains

Brooke Berlin, Clearwater

Laurel Streit, Clearwater

Harley Ferralez, Hesston

Anna Dean, Labette County

Kamyrn Farris, Lansing

Davis Guetterman, Louisburg

Corinna McMullen, Louisburg

Cameron Cleary, Maize

Abby Godfrey, Maize

Kelsey Kuhl, Maize

Reese Johnston, Mill Valley

Alex Cummins, Olathe North

Lily Hilgenfeld, Remington

Abby Rose, Smoky Valley

Lauren Schutter, Wabaunsee

Anna Godek, Wheatland-Grinnell

Livia Schultz, Wheatland-Grinnell

Top-25 Leaders (and ties)

Hitting Percentage

Heinson, Kiowa County, .464

Rentschler, Smith Center, .434

Shaffner, Augusta, .431

Jackson, Lansing, .430

Thomasson, Riverton, .414

Long, Smith Center, .411

Brake, Inman, .398

Lewis, Burlingame, .398

Harris, Atchison, .391

Holle, Hanover, .387

Stover, Neodesha, .386

Schutter, Wabaunsee, .385

Ronnebaum, Marysville, .385

Miller, Eureka, .381

Afonja, Baldwin, .373

Serpan, Spring Hill, .367

Rose, Smoky Valley, .364

B. Young, Pretty Prairie, .360

Frakes, Spring Hill, .352

VanGorp, Heritage Christian Academy, .349

Goodenow, St. Thomas Aquinas, .343

Engel, SM Northwest, .338

Martin, St. Thomas Aquinas, .337

Damme, Perry-Lecompton, .337

Swanson, McPherson, .336

Bruna, Hanover, .336

Mackiewicz, SM Northwest, .336


Budke, Beloit, 679

Swanson, McPherson, 584

Thomasson, Riverton, 569

Schutter, Wabaunsee, 508

Brown, Beloit, 503

Rentschler, Smith Center, 476

Martin, St. Thomas Aquinas, 460

Keebaugh, Ottawa, 454

Ronnebaum, Marysville, 443

Fairchild, Andale, 442

Stover, Neodesha, 439

Perine, Rossville, 437

Nixon, Central Plains, 432

Madsen, Hiawatha, 430

Mae van der Werf, Lansing, 427

Pierce, Olathe Northwest, 425

White, Baxter Springs, 424

Saunders, Hillsboro, 420

Lane, Thomas More Prep-Marian, 419

Brake, Inman, 406

Leiker, Blue Valley West, 403

Cullen, Girard, 388

Serpan, Spring Hill, 388

Rose, Smoky Valley, 388

Seaton, Basehor-Linwood, 386

Long, Smith Center, 385


Creason, SM Northwest, 1037

Wedman, Blue Valley West, 1025

Gardner, Spring Hill, 1023

Bishop, Lansing, 1014

Evans, Ottawa, 991

Hazelwood, Smoky Valley, 946

Hamblin, Frontenac, 912

Lehman, Goodland, 912

Hazel, Heritage Christian Academy, 902

Koster, Trinity Academy, 901

A.Young, Pretty Prairie, 901

Cruse, Basehor-Linwood, 896

Compton, Riverton, 883

Douglas, Rossville, 880

Suderman, Hillsboro, 880

Rader, Marysville, 872

Delaney, Hiawatha, 869

Alderson, Wamego, 857

Yoder, Hutchinson, 854

Berlin, Clearwater, 851

Messer, St. James Academy, 840

Kauffman, Hutchinson Central Christian, 835

McVey, Holcomb, 805

Hottenstein, Humboldt, 797

Alexander, Maranatha Christian Academy, 796

Houghtaling, Augusta, 752


Bruce, Atchison, 108

Par, Sumner Academy, 105

Ricke, Leoti-Wichita County, 97

Cunningham, Lakeside, 92

Swingle, Attica, 92

Lindstrom, Hiawatha, 90

Thomasson, Riverton, 87

Harris, Atchison, 87

Cook, Coffeyville, 86

Sher, Maranatha Christian Academy, 81

Morrow, St. Francis, 81

Heglin, Syracuse, 80

A.Young, Pretty Prairie, 79

Dimitt, Ellinwood, 79

Colton, Pretty Prairie, 79

Murrow, Humboldt, 79

Latta, Scott City, 75

Boughfman, Little River, 72

Hazel, Heritage Christian Academy, 71

Wiles, Beloit St. John’s/Tipton, 71

Brummet, Lakeside, 70

Long, Smith Center, 69

Schroeder, Wheatland-Grinnell, 68

Houk, West Franklin, 68

Knobbe, Sylvan-Lucas, 68

Richardson, Elkhart, 68

Torres, Sumner Academy, 68


Schutter, Wabaunsee, 174

Afonja, Baldwin, 165

Rentschler, Smith Center, 152

Brake, Inman, 151

Alt, Herington, 142

Ptacek, Eureka, 139

Singahateh, Eureka, 136

Poling, St. Francis, 136

Hawkinson, Elyria Christian, 133

Mackiewicz, SM Northwest, 124

Coughlin, Olpe, 123

Damme, Perry-Lecompton, 120

Gray, Sterling, 114

Warren, Olathe West, 113

Benskin, Blue Valley North, 113

Cure, Goodland, 111

Tolle, Smoky Valley, 107

Luna, Great Bend, 104

McDonald, SM East, 103

Umberger, SM Christian, 102

Doherty, St. Paul, 102

Schurle, Clay Center, 101

Respress, Eisenhower, 101

Sappington, SM Christian, 99

Igo, Derby, 99

Holle, Hanover, 96


Rutschman, Herington, 645

McMillan, Beloit, 636

Kieffer, SM Northwest, 563

Koontz, Newton, 538

Williams, Udall, 535

Atkins, 530

Hett, Marion, 523

Poje, Tonganoxie, 515

Clemence, Abilene, 505

Pearson, Blue Valley Northwest, 504

Dean, Labette County, 503

Walden, Eureka, 499

Acree, Concordia, 495

Kremeier, Herington, 488

Arnold, Hillsboro, 488

Riedel, Augusta, 472

Ferralez, Hesston, 466

Alloway, Labette County, 464

Calvaruzo, Mission Valley, 456

Lies, Cheney, 455

Puetz, Garden Plain, 450

Buessing, Santa Fe Trail, 448

Latta, Scott City, 448

Hoffman, Udall, 446

Silvers, Lawrence, 446

Dyche, Rossville, 444

Farris, Lansing, 444

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