Retiring a legend

Record Breaker. Stat Collector. District Champion.


Annabelle Maassen posing with her retired jersey.

The 2019 season was a big one for senior Annabelle Maassen. The four-year varsity volleyball player helped lead her volleyball team to a district title and a winning season of 29-6-2.
While Annabelle was helping bring her team to one of the best seasons in school history, she was also leaving her own mark on Lady Jay Volleyball.
Finishing the season with a total of 455 kills and 273 digs. She finished her career as a Lady Jay with a total of 825 digs and 1041 kills, breaking both previous records.
Her freshman year she received Honorable Mention All-District. Her sophomore year she received 2nd Team All-District and Lebanon Pink Fest All-Tournament team; she also helped lead her team to a district championship. Her junior year she was awarded 1st Team All-District Honors, Lebanon Pink Fest All-Tournament Team, voted the team’s most valuable player and was named the 2019 Jefferson City MaxPreps Player of the Year. Her senior year she received 1st Team All-District Honors, Lebanon Pink Fest All-Tournament Team, voted the team’s most valuable player and was awarded All-State. Annabelle also finished her senior season ranked 7th in the state of Missouri in kills.
During the 2019 Volleyball Banquet, Lady Jays Head Coach, Lisa Hoffmeyer, announced that the school will be retiring Annabelle’s varsity jersey, #8.
“I felt so honored. I had no idea what was going to happen [at the presentation], but when Coach Hoffmeyer pulled out my jersey in a glass case, all I could do was cry. It was such an amazing feeling,” Annabelle recalled.
Annabelle’s mom, Julie Maassen, was just as surprised as her daughter. “I knew they wanted the jersey, but I assumed they were going to give it to her as a gift since she had practically destroyed the thing. I was planning on giving her duck taped shoes as a gift back to the coach. One destroyed item for another,” Julie joked.
Julie also had a lot to say about Annabelle as a player. “Annabelle is one of the hardest-working kids I know. I never really have to tell her or advise her on going to optional practices, extra workouts, etc. She is usually the first one there and last one out.”
Annabelle also plays club volleyball during the winter and spring. She also competes in Track and Field for JC during the spring.
After graduating high school, Annabelle plans on attending Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri. She plans on studying Physical Therapy and playing volleyball for the Eagles.