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Notre Dame volleyball’s Rylee McClintock named all-state

Bulldogs senior Rylee McClintock officially garnered Class 3 All-State honors last week. Photo by Jay Forness

After a fall season where senior Rylee McClintock helped lead the Notre Dame volleyball team win its first district championship in six years, the Bulldogs do-it-all outside hitter was rightfully named Class 3 All-State.

McClintock, who was the only player from the SEMO Conference to earn all-state, finished with a team-high 376 kills and 438 digs. She was also second on the Bulldogs in hitting percentage (.346) and third in total blocks (44).

Rylee recorded double-digit kills in a single game a team-high 18 times this fall. She also had four of the top-five season-game highs with kill totals of 21 (twice), 19, 17 and 16 (twice).

Along with winning a district title, Notre Dame recorded its best record since 2015 at 25-6-4 overall while also capturing the SEMO Conference Regular Season Championship.

While McClintock was the only Bulldog named all-state, six of her teammates also earned Class 3 District 1 All-District honors. Making the first team with Rylee were the likes of senior middle hitter Lexi Rubel, senior setter Sarah Brennan and junior outside hitter Kristin Anderson.

Rubel paced McClintock in kills with 291 and led Notre Dame in hitting percentage (.409) and blocks (75). Lexi had the second-most double-digit kill games with 12 (single-game high of 18) and had the most double-digit block outings with 18 (single-game high of seven).

Being named second team all-district for the Bulldogs were senior setter Claire Jones and junior middle hitter Tori Rubel. Earning honorable mention all-district was junior defensive specialist Anna Garner.

In her first full season of varsity action, Tori Rubel finished as Notre Dame’s second leader in blocks (67), third in hitting percentage (.337) and fourth in kills (117). Tori paced her sister Lexi in multiple-block outings with 15 as she even made MSHSAA history by recording the sixth-most ever in a single game with nine.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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