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Three Muskegon-area standouts earn first-team all-state volleyball accolades

Six area schools have representation on all-state rosters.

The Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association released the all-state lin-up for the 2021 season on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021.

A tremendous season from several Muskegon-area volleyball players land them on the list of Michigan’s finest.


Rayne Thompson, Whitehall – Division 2

Listed at 5-foot-10, Thompson produced some big numbers for a team that rolled to West Michigan Conference and Division 2 district titles. The senior outside hitter led Whitehall to a 33-7-1 overall record this season.

She finished with 1,166 attacks and 566 kills, which both rank third in Whitehall history for a single season. She also had 374 digs, 60 aces and 53 blocks.

Thompson earned first-team all-conference, all-district and all-region along side the Vikings’ first, first-team all-state accomplishment since 2012, per coach Ted Edsall.

Whitehall senior Rayne Thompson serves during a match against Montague Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, in Montague, Mich. (Scott DeCamp | CatchMark)

Navea Gauthier, Shelby – Division 3

As one of the leading freshman prospects in the state, Gauthier powered Shelby to a Division 3 district title and 36-10-1 season, as the Tigers more than doubled their win total from 2020.

In 116 games this season as an outside hitter, Gauthier amassed 697 kills with a .335 kill efficiency. She totaled 463 digs, 100 aces, 52 blocks and 23 assists.

Gauthier earned first-team all-conference and all-region honors in addition to her first-team all-state accolade. The freshman has already received interest as one of the nation’s top prospects.

Shelby freshman Navea Gauthier (2) goes up for a block against Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian during a Division 3 regional volleyball semifinal Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, at Western Michigan Christian in Norton Shores, Mich. (Scott DeCamp | CatchMark)

Kyla Wiersema, Western Michigan Christian – Division 3

Wiersema paced her team to conference, district and regional titles this fall as Western Michigan Christian posted an overall 49-6 record.

In 150 sets, the 6-foot-1 standout middle hitter tallied 668 kills with a .402 kill percentage. She finished with 373 digs, seven aces, 154 blocks and 13 assists.

Wiersema earned first-team all-conference, all-district and all-region as well as her first-team all-state award. The senior is expected to have a successful basketball season to compliment her excellent volleyball career alongside her twin sister, Maddie, this winter.

Western Michigan Christian volleyball players, from left, Hannah Heiss, Maddie Wiersema, Kendal Young and Kyla Wiersema celebrate during a Division 3 regional semifinal against Morley Stanwood Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, in Norton Shores, Mich. (Scott DeCamp | CatchMark)


Division 3

Maddie Wiersema, RS – Western Michigan Christian

Kendal Young, S – Western Michigan Christian


Division 2

Maggie Evans, S – Whitehall

Division 3

Natalie Pannucci, MH – North Muskegon

Morgan Weirich, L – Shelby

Division 4

Erin Lavigne, OH – Muskegon Catholic Central


Division 1

Brianna Stawski, MH – Reeths-Puffer

Division 3

Sami Baker, S – North Muskegon

Haley Breuker, L – Western Michigan Christian

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