ALL-STATE BLOCKERS â€” Bellmont's Madison Schultz (back, left) and Alex Fuelling go up for the block against a Western middle-hitter in the Bellmont Regional. Both BHS girls were named first-team All-State in 3A volleyball. (Jim Hopkins Photo)
INDIANAPOLIS—The 2010 ICGSA all-state volleyball team was announced Monday with two members of the class 3A state champion Bellmont Squaws making first team status.
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Alex Fuelling culminated an outstanding high school career by being named to the top team for the third year in a row for Bellmont while senior Madison Schultz was also among the elite team announced.
The team had a slight favor bent toward central Indiana, however, as Brebeuf Jesuit of Indianapolis, the team Bellmont defeated in the state finals in three straight games, had four players on the first team while voters inexplicably left Bellmont senior libero player Chelsea Colclasure off the top two teams, a move that irritated BHS coach Craig Krull.
Even powerful Muncie Burris, a team that won the class 2A title for the 14th year in a row, couldn't match the Brebeuf total on the first team as the Owls placed three on the 2A squad.
Bellmont coach Craig Krull praised his first-teamers.
"Both Alex and Madison were certainly deserving, especially the way they played and the whole team played during the tournament," stated Bellmont coach Craig Krull.
The BHS coach would have liked to see more Bellmont girls recognized, especially considering the domination of Bellmont, rated No. 4 or No. 5 most of the season, during the postseason. Bellmont went 18-1 in the 3A tourney, closing out defending champ Brebeuf 3-0. The way Bellmont played it can hardly be called an upset.
"Alex was confident and dominant in that final match, just what we needed from her as a leader. On the other hand, Brebeuf's standouts struggled a little bit, but some of that was our defense. I just think they were surprised everything was coming back.
"And Madison was a steady force in the middle and made key plays at critical times. She came up big for us," praised the coach.
Fuelling is going to Morehead State and will get a shot at a front row spot as a freshman. "It's a good fit for her because they'll want to use her skills. Some of these other schools just want the 6-2 or 6-3 girls up front," noted Krull.
Madison is considering small college offers, and libero Chelsea Colclasure, whose solid defense was so critical in the title match, is also looking at colleges in order to extend her career.
"Those girls, as well as the other seniors, have been a big part of a strong team for several years and will be missed. The good news is that we have other girls coming up ready to jump into those roles." said the coach.
Fuelling and Colclasure were regulars on two Bellmont state championship teams, the '07 team and this year. Madison was on the team as a freshman also, so she experienced two title runs.
Joining Fuelling and Schultz on the first team were Sloane White, Jeme Obeime, Natalie Wichern, and Jaydn Yarling, all of Brebeuf, Jill Hopper of Yorktown, Fawn Ryan of Batesville, Morgan Bergren of Delta, Hannah Hartnett of Indianapolis Roncalli, Meredith Farkas of Mishawaka Marian, and Kelsey Wahl of Heritage Hills.
The second team class included Kristyn Maymon of Silver Creek, Kaci Heeter of Northwood, Kelly Kyle of North Montgomery, Alex Thompson of Frankfort, Kaycee Acree of Yorktown, Erica Stahl of Bishop Chatard, Madeline Mayers of Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, Mallory Fehn of Evansville Memorial, Alexis Waugh and Hannah Baurer of Indianapolis Roncalli, Jordan Bueter of Mishawaka Marian, and Melissa Macellari of South Bend St. Joseph.
Fuelling and Schultz were both dominant players for Bellmont during the season which saw the Squaws win their last 18 games in a row enroute to a 34-4 season. During that 18 game span, the Squaws lost only two individual games, one in a 2-1 win over Warsaw, and the other in a 3-1 triumph against Yorktown in the semi-state.
In the state final match, Fuelling hammered down 16 kills and had 10 digs while Schultz contributed 12 kills, eight of which came in the critical game three win over Brebeuf.
For the season, Fuelling finished with 498 kills which put her among the top leaders in the state and Schultz had 284. Fuelling was also an effective defensive player with 228 digs. Schultz was the team leader for Bellmont in blocked shots with the 6'2 player an imposing figure for opposing hitters. She had 73.5 blocks going into the state finals while Fuelling had 35.