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Nyquist earns all-state honors

Warren Area High School senior Lex Nyquist sets the ball to teammate Olivia English during the first set of the Dragons’ Senior Night contest against North East. Nyquist and fellow senior Grace Wortman were honored before what was a 3-0 win for the home team.

Add another notch to the belt of Warren volleyball’s Lex Nyquist.

The senior setter was selected to the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association AAA All-State team Sunday. It was Nyquist’s second straight all-state selection.

The selection caps a career that has seen Nyquist become the program’s all-time and single-season assists leader, earn three straight all-region honors and help lead the team to its first ever District 10 title and a PIAA runner-up finish.

“After the season Lex had as a junior, she definitely did not rest on her laurels,” Warren coach Mike Dolan said. “She continued to put the work in to make herself the best she could be.”

That work ethic and desire to be the best was evident from the first time she stepped on the court.

“I remember her first day of practice freshman year, immediately after practice she pulled me aside and asked me what she had to do to start varsity,” Dolan said. “At that time we had quite a few upperclassmen and returning varsity players so that really showed me how bad she wanted to be great at volleyball. I believe all young athletes could learn from her how if you love what you do and are willing to put in the time, you can achieve almost anything.”

Nyquist had 813 assists on the year to bring her all-time program leading total to 2,846. She set a career high with 271 digs, which moved her into second on the program’s all-time list with 758. Nyquist was also a strong net force with a career high 45 kills and 20 blocks.

“She never let any obstacle get in her way,” Dolan said. “(She worked) on her explosiveness and vertical leap so that she could compete at the net against much taller players, and she proved she could.”

Of course, in a team sport, no one can do it alone.

“I think this award reflects on both Lex and her teammates,” Dolan said. “Together, they all helped to bring out the best in each other.”

Nyquist also recently signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her academic and volleyball career at Bloomsburg University. The program there is only two years old, and Nyquist hopes to be part of the foundation on which it is built.

“It’s a really young program and I just think that would be really awesome to be a part of that,” she said after signing her NLI.

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