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Written By Ink Free News / Sports on Wednesday, October 27, 2021

NorthWood’s Annika Bennett was among five named All-NLC for the 2021 volleyball season. InkFreeNews file photo by Mike Deak

By Mike Deak

NAPPANEE – League champs NorthWood led the way in the 2021 Northern Lakes Conference postseason awards.

The Panthers were 7-0 overall and took the league championship, just a game ahead of Warsaw (6-1) and two over Plymouth (5-2). Coach of the Year Hilary Laidig had five players named All-NLC FIrst Team in Macy Lengacher, Annika Bennett, Claire Payne, Sophia Barber and Anna Lehman.

The Tigers had Kylie Smith, Avery Hales and Kaylee Weeks all named to the First Team, and the duo of Melaina Hawblitzel and Abby Sanner as Honorable Mention All-NLC.

Wawasee (1-6) was able to get Leslie Vazquez to the First Team and Dylan Konieczny as Honorable Mention.

The remainder of the First Team included Clare Sheedy, Maddy Figg and Chloe Holten of Plymouth, Sophia Trout of Concord (4-3), Emily Eggleston of Mishawaka (3-4), Abby Martin and Gia Rowan of Northridge (2-5).

The remainder of the Honorable Mentions included Taylor Delp of Plymouth, Ella Norwood of Concord, Ella Watford and Emily Adams of Mishawaka, and Ashley Penzenik of Northridge.

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