Chris Dunham, PDT Sports Writer
November 12, 2012
SSU Sports Information
Following a complete team turnaround that saw volleyball double its win total from 11 to 22 this season, three individuals were honored as All-MSC selections at the conference banquet. Alex Pohl and Kirsti Yates were named first-team All-MSC selections, while Paige Zelich earned honorable mention All-MSC honors.
For Pohl, the honor was the first time she was selected to the first team after earning honorable mention accolades in each of her past two seasons. Shawnee State’s all-time leading blocker finished with 385 blocks for her career. This broke the previous mark by 10. This past season, Pohl finished second on the team with 85 blocks, including a team-high 31 solo blocks. She also finished with the second-highest hitting percentage on the team (.294) and was third in digs (181).
Yates’ honor marks the second straight season that she has been named first-team All-MSC. The team’s libero, she finished with 574 digs, which was the fourth-most in the conference. She also was second on the team in service aces (41) and helped assist on 53 kills, the third-best mark on the team. With her second career honor, the junior becomes just the third player in program history to be named first-team all-conference, joining Haley Halcomb and Heather Koehler. No player has ever been a three-time first-team all-conference selection in program history.
Zelich, a sophomore, was named All-MSC for the first team in her career with the honorable mention nod. She finished the year with a team-best 247 kills. She also had a team-high 655 attacks on her way to a .247 hitting mark. In 12 different matches Zelich recorded double-digit kills, averaging 2.5 kills per game over the season. She was even better in conference, hitting over. 300 in seven of those matches and had a .265 hitting mark against MSC competition.