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Three Lopers earn first-team status with MIAA

Lindsey Smith jump sets a teammate during a spring practice, April 5, 2017 (NTV News)

KANSAS CITY, MO --- UNK is well represented on the All–MIAA first–team with three Lopers receiving the season-long recognition.

Starting off the accolades is four–time all–conference honoree, Tara Ziegelbein. She joins three other Lopers, (Erin Gudmundson, Jeri Walkowiak and Cola Svec) as the only Squierettes to earn four all-conference honor since moving to Division II in 2990. The senior middle is hitting a team–best .325 on 332 kills entering the postseason and a Loper–leading 1.12 blocks per set.

Junior outside hitter Kendall Schroer taking the lead with 3.15 kills per set, sixth best in the MIAA. The Ogallala, Neb. product is four shy of her teammate in the middle with 328 on the season and nine attacks shy of 1,000.

Setting up the big arms all season, junior Lindsay Smith, with 11.19 assists per set, which is good for third most in the MIAA, and 1,209 for the season, placing the 12th best in Division II. Smith is on pace to join the aforementioned four-timers, as the Dakota Dunes, S.D. native has collected first-team laurels in each of her first three seasons in Kearney.

Four other ladies were acknowledged in some capacity for the 2017 campaign. The full list of teams is below.

Player of the Year: Taylor Bevis, OH, Central Oklahoma

Freshman of the Year: Ali Tauchen, MB, Missouri Western

Coach of the Year: Marian Carbin, Missouri Western

First Team

Outside Hitter: Aubree Bell, Central Missouri

Outside Hitter: Taylor Bevis, Central Oklahoma**

Outside Hitter: Maddy Bruder, Northwest Missouri**

Outside Hitter/Right Side Hitter: Stephanie Doak, Missouri Western

Outside Hitter: Kendall Schroer, Nebraska-Kearney

Outside Hitter: Shellby Taylor, Missouri Western

Outside Hitter/Right Side Hitter: Emily Wylie, Lindenwood

Middle Blocker: Kasey Hohlen, Central Missouri

Middle Blocker: Jordan Spence, Central Oklahoma

Middle Blocker: Tara Ziegelbein, Nebraska-Kearney

Setter: Lauren Murphy, Missouri Western

Setter: Lindsey Smith, Nebraska-Kearney

Libero: Megan Hellwege, Lindenwood

Libero: Kylie Hohlen, Central Missouri

**=Unanimous selection

Second Team

Outside Hitter: Genna Berg, Washburn

Outside Hitter/Right Side Hitter: Yuchen Du, Emporia State

Outside Hitter: Julianne Jackson, Nebraska-Kearney

Outside Hitter: Erica Montgomery, Washburn

Outside Hitter: Anna Squiers, Nebraska-Kearney

Outside Hitter: Darcy Sunderman, Northwest Missouri

Middle Blocker: Audrey Fisher, Central Missouri

Middle Blocker: Tatum Graves, Emporia State

Middle Blocker: Sadie Kosciuk, Lindenwood

Middle Blocker: Rachel Losch, Missouri Western

Middle Blocker: Makayla Maxwell, Washburn

Middle Blocker: Ali Tauchen, Missouri Western

Setter: McKenzie Fyfe, Central Oklahoma

Setter: Ally Offerdahl, Central Missouri

Libero: Dominique Lipari, Central Oklahoma

Libero: Ellie McDonnell, Nebraska-Kearney

Libero: Kayla Ruff, Missouri Western

Team reflects ties in voting.

Honorable Mention

Central Missouri: Hannah VanBuskirk, OH/RS; Katie Carlson, L

Central Oklahoma: Malia Kaaiohelo, OH; Alexis Washington, MB

Emporia State: Jamie Hauptman, OH

Fort Hays State: Magan Alexander, OH; Callie Christensen, MB; Taylor White, L

Lindenwood: Alex Dahlstrom, OH; Ivy Reynolds, S

Missouri Southern: Janelle Brehm, OH; Alicia Pickett, MB; Morgan Nash

Nebraska-Kearney: Morgan Stute, L

Northwest Missouri: Sofia Schleppenbach, MB; Sarah Dannettell, S; Olivia Nowakowski, L

Pittsburg State: Lauren Regier, OH

Southwest Baptist: Bailey Baumann, L

Washburn: Allison Sadler, S; Faith Rottinghaus, L


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