HAWK SOARS: Pulis ends career with 1st-team HOIC honor

WEBSTER CITY – No matter the circumstances – good or bad – Hannah Pulis was always good for an encouraging word or a pat on the back as she did whatever she could to help the South Hamilton volleyball team during her senior season this fall.

That leadership, not to mention her talent in the back row, didn’t go unnoticed.

After helping South Hamilton tie for fifth in the Heart of Iowa Conference, Pulis was recognized as a first-team all-conference libero, it was announced yesterday. She was one of nine players placed on the top team and the only Hawk.

South Hamilton received a pair of honorable mention accolades for junior middle blocker Tiffany Jacobson and freshman outside hitter Ady Wintermote.

Conference champion and Class 3A state qualifier Nevada garnered a league-best three first-team nods for senior Megan Pringnitz, junior Michaela Matuska and sophomore Kati Cassabaum.

Pringnitz and Matuska were the only unanimous first-team choices.

North Polk and Roland-Story both had two first-team players; senior Megan Murphy and junior Lilly Limica for the Comets, and senior Anna Himan and junior Lauren Himan for the Norsemen.

Gilbert junior Alex Miner completed the first team.

A multiple-year starter at libero for South Hamilton and head coach Cindy Holmes, Pulis ranked fourth in the HOIC in digs with 302 – an average of 4.19 per set. She was also the Hawks best weapon behind the service line where she smacked 38 aces while making just 16 errors in 261 chances.

Wintermote paced South Hamilton in kills with 176 – the 14th-best total in the HOIC – while hitting .233. She also had 27 aces.

Jacobson was second on the conference’s blocks leaderboard with 107 – teammate Savana Stangeland piled up 115 – and she also cranked out 117 kills and 26 aces.

Miner (408 kills), Pringnitz (301), Cassabaum (288), Lauren Himan (249) and Murphy (236) were the HOIC offensive leaders at net.