Liewer earns post-season juco volleyball honors
By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
Imperial’s Shannon Liewer capped off her volleyball career at North Platte Community College with post-season honors.
The sophomore libero was named to the All-Region IX Division II Team.
Liewer led the Lady Knights in digs with 831 for an average of 5.9 per set. Liewer also led the Lady Knights with 49 ace serves.
Coach Sally Thalken called Liewer the “heart and soul of our team.”
She said Liewer played an integral part in the team’s success, which finished with a record of 22-15.
After a successful volleyball season as a senior at Chase County Schools, Liewer signed with Thalken and Lady Knights.
Unfortunately, Liewer tore an ACL during basketball season her senior year.
Liewer rehabilitated the knee over the summer and came back in the fall to join the Lady Knights as their libero.
Thalken said Liewer wasn’t totally confident in her knee her freshman year. Despite that, she led the teams in digs with 511, served up 47 aces and scored a total of 214 points.
Thalken said Liewer really worked hard in preparation for this season and came in as the team’s leader on the floor.
Her 831 digs this season ranks her eighth all-time in the team’s season records.
Those 831 digs, combined with her 511 as a freshman, ranks Liewer sixth all-time at the college for career digs.
Liewer hopes to continue her volleyball career at another school. Only time will tell if she gets recruited.
She’s studying biology at North Platte and will continue those studies and is leaning towards a career in health care.
She is the daughter of Mike and Cindy Liewer of Imperial.