The Knoxville Panther varsity volleyball team was ranked throughout much of the year. The squad finished the season at 25-8 overall and they captured their third straight South Central Conference Championship with an unblemished mark in the league at 6-0.

Knoxville was honored with three players being named to the South Central Conference first-team all-conference squad. The three were Katie Keitges, a unanimous selection, Marley McKay and Maggie Wilkins.

Keitges is a senior while McKay and Wilkins are a pair of juniors.

Knoxville Head Coach Mollie Keitges also had three of her players named to the All-SCC honorable mention squad. Those players honored were Reilly Finarty, Tara Uitermarkt and Amy Sullivan. All three are juniors.

Five of the six players recognized on the all-conference list for the Panthers will be back on the squad in 2020.

If another hitter can be found for next year, the Panthers could be looking at a run for a fourth straight league crown.

Perry Bell can be reached at sports@journalexpress.net or by calling the newsroom at 641-842-2155.

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