The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference is pleased to announce the 2013 Volleyball All-Conference teams and individual award winners.
The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference is pleased to announce the 2013 Volleyball All-Conference teams and individual award winners. A freshman, sophomore, junior and senior from MC volleyball grabbed spots on the three teams with Tori Phelan making the first team, Rachel Phillips and Cortlyne Huppe being placed on the second and Taylor Johnson sliding in on the honorable mention squad. Two Bethany College volleyball players earned all-conference honors. Senior middle hitter Maria Bujanda was named second team all-conference, while sophomore outside hitter Bryanna Cool earned honorable mention. "Both of these young ladies are very deserving of the awards they have received," Bethany head coach Nathalea Stephenson said. "Like all coaches, I think they should be first team because of their play and stats they have. However, with all the players in our conference that would be impossible." Phelan is a three-year starter for McPherson, totaling 313 sets played. This season the junior ranks second on the team in kills with 325, averaging a team-high 2.95 per set. She is a two-time all-conference award recipient, making honorable mention last year. Phillips, the senior of the group, is the team's top setter. She's tallied 828 assists on the year averaging close to seven per set which is the fourth highest in the conference. In her final year as a Bulldog, Phillips has logged 31 kills, 11 blocks, and a team second best 30 service aces. As a middle hitter, Huppe is around the ball all the time which granted her the top-hitting crown for Mac as she's recorded 333 kills in 124 sets. She ranks fifth in the KCAC in kills. The sophomore also leads the Lady 'Dogs in blocks with 72, 32 of which were done solo. The freshman all-around player ranks in the top-five of nearly every category for McPherson. Johnson has tallied 437 digs (second best), 249 kills (third best), and 30 blocks (fourth highest) in 37 matches. Bulldog volleyball completed their season on this past Tuesday with a loss to Friends University in the opening round of the KCAC Postseason Tournament. They had a record of 19-17, 9-9 in conference. For Bethany, Bujanda, who was on the 2013 KCAC Volleyball Preseason Team and was 2nd Team All-Conference in 2012, recorded 249 kills this season, averaging 3.04 kills per game and a .316 hitting percentage. She also totaled 28 assisted blocks, 19 solo blocks, 47 digs, and 13 service aces. "Maria is an amazing player that plays with passion," Stephenson said. "She has led our team in kill percentage and has made it difficult for opposing teams. When you have a team put a triple block on you that tells you they respect you as a hitter. Losing Maria for next year will be hard and there will be big shoes to fill." Cool pounded 277 kills this season, averaging 2.56 kills per game and a .237 hitting percentage. She also tallied 17 assisted blocks, seven solo blocks, and 58 digs. "Bryanna is also an amazing player," Stephenson said. "She took a year off and didn't miss a beat. Players playing the right side of the court had to always be ready to get their hands up quick because she would put a hit down line and it usually was right by their face. Bryanna has a lot of power in her swing and she can turn line or cross court effectively. We are so happy we have her for two more years." The Swedes finished tenth in the KCAC with a 2-16 conference record, and an overall record of 7-24. Kansas Wesleyan University, led by Coach of the Year Fred Aubuchon, is the KCAC regular season co-champion along with Tabor College. Breanne Schultz of Kansas Wesleyan was named Player of the Year. Kansas Wesleyan's Taylor Elkinton earned Setter of the Year honors. Friends University's Bailey Burnett and Sterling College's Giselle De Moura are Co-Liberos of the Year. Tena Loewen of Tabor was been selected Freshman of the Year. Chrissie Jeanin of Ottawa University was voted Assistant Coach of the Year.