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Five named to all-SBC volleyball team
Sullivan is runner-up for Player of Year honor
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Junior Brittany Borchardt was among five Tigers named to the Scenic Bluffs all-conference volleyball team. She posted 682 digs, 718 serve receptions and 34 aces. - photo by Nate Beier photo/Sentry-Enterprise archives

Junior outside hitter/setter Mackenzie Sullivan was one of five members of the Hillsboro volleyball team that were recently named to the All-Scenic Bluffs Conference volleyball team.

Sullivan was a unanimous first-team All-SBC selection and the runner-up to Royall’s Paige Hyer for the league’s Player of the Year award.

Hyer led the Panthers to a 27–11 overall record and an outright SBC title with a 13–1 mark in league play.

Meanwhile, Sullivan was an all-around talent who lead the Tigers to a 16–18 overall mark and a second-place finish in the SBC at 9–5.

Fellow Hillsboro juniors Tasha Mitchell and Brittany Borchardt joined Sullivan and were among the 14 players named to the all-conference first team.

Junior April Thornsen was one of 15 players who received honorable mention.

Senior Sarah Fick was Hillsboro’s representative the eight-player All-Sportsmanship team.

Sullivan was again Hillsboro’s most versatile player this year finishing the season as the Tigers’ leader in assists (374), aces (93), and hitting percentage (.322). She was second with 308 kills and 402 digs.

Sullivan earned first-team honors a year ago and received honorable mention in 2012 as a freshman.

For a second straight year Mitchell led the team in kills with 331, and also led the club in both blocks (64) and service percentage (.952) this fall. She also posted 314 digs, 293 service receptions and a .293 hitting percentage.

Mitchell was an honorable mention all-league choice as a freshman and sophomore.

Borchardt was again the team’s starting libero and posted a team-high 682 digs and 718 serve receptions. She also had 34 aces.

Borchardt was an honorable mention All-SBC pick a year ago as a sophomore.

Thornsen finished the year with 115 kills, 70 aces, 56 blocks and a .182 hitting percentage to earn her first all-conference selection.

Fick played in 26 sets and had nine serve receptions and three digs as a back-up defensive player.