ODELL, NE – Sophomore Addison Heidemann was a do-it-all setter for the Diller-Odell Griffins (26-8) in 2018.
She knocked down 113 kills to go with 68 ace serves (team best), 48 total blocks (team best), 194 digs and 734 assists (team best, eighth most in Class D1).
The effort was enough to land Heidemann a full-ride offer from North Dakota State, but she committed to a preferred walk-on offer from Big 12 program Iowa State on the first day of the early signing period on Wednesday.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Heidemann said. “It’s been a tough decision. I’ve been thinking about it a lot, but I’m really excited. It’s exciting to be able to announce that as a sophomore.”
Heidemann also had interest from Virginia, Wyoming, Montana State and Pepperdine.
Heidemann was just named First Team All-Pioneer Conference on Tuesday, along with her teammate – junior middle Mackenzie Vitosh.
The Griffins made it to state this season for the fourth time in five years under head coach Kandice Jurgens. Diller-Odell’s journey was cut short by a 3-2 loss to No. 3 Humphery/Lindsay Holy Family last Thursday in the first round of the Class D1 state tournament at Lincoln East High School.
A tough end, but the Griffins return their entire starting core next fall.
“We’re still very proud that we made it to state,” Heidemann said. “Overall, we worked hard. Next season can’t come soon enough. We’re going to gain my sister (Karli). She’s in 8th grade right now. She’s going to be a huge aspect to our team also. We got a lot of good players coming back. We’re excited to see what we can do next year. Hopefully, it ends with a state title.”
Karli Heidemann was part of a successful season for the junior high Griffins, who went 9-2 this fall under the direction of Jacki Smith.
“I look forward to having Karli!” Kandice Jurgens said via text message.
With volleyball in the books, Addison started basketball practice this past Monday as the Griffins get set to host Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer on Friday, Nov. 30. The girls tip off at 6, with the boys to follow at 7:30.
The Griffins finished the 2017-18 season with a 9-13 record after being state runner-up to Howells-Dodge in 2016-17. Diller-Odell returns a plethora of talent this winter, with five of the team’s top six scorers back again this season.
One of those scorers is senior Kirsten Bures, who tore her ACL in mid-September at the MUDECAS volleyball tournament in Beatrice. Her exact return date is unclear, but Heidemann remains confident that the Griffin girls’ basketball team can make a deep run in the postseason – like the volleyball team did this past fall.
“I’m excited to get basketball going,” Heidemann said. “Almost everyone on the team has had a lot of varsity experience. We’re ready to build off of what we did last year, get better, and hopefully get back to state as well.”
Full interview with Addison can be heard here:
so blessed & excited to announce that I have verbally committed to Iowa State University to continue my education and volleyball career. Huge thank you to all my teachers, coaches, family & friends that have helped me get to this point! I can't wait to be a Cyclone!!!! ????❤???? pic.twitter.com/1bSIPHMNnv
— addi heidemann (@aheidemann20) November 14, 2018
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