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Morning Sun
  • PSU places 3 on all-MIAA volleyball

  • Pittsburg State senior Nicole Rockhold (third team), senior Brooke Fay (honorable mention) and freshman Crystal Whitten (honorable mention) received All-Conference honors from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association on Friday.

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  • Pittsburg State senior Nicole Rockhold (third team), senior Brooke Fay (honorable mention) and freshman Crystal Whitten (honorable mention) received All-Conference honors from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association on Friday.
    Rockhold finished second on the Gorillas with 268 kills and she led Pitt State with 353 digs and 35 service aces. Her 353 digs were 95 more than the next-highest total of sophomore libero Sam Wyatt. Rockhold had a career-high 21 kills in her last home match against Missouri Western and a career-high 23 digs in another November home match against Emporia State.
    Fay closed out her four-year PSU career with her third All-MIAA honorable mention selection, following her two previous nods in 2009 and 2011. No. 5 tallied 261 kills, 97 digs and 86 blocks (14 solo, 72 assist) in 2012.
    Whitten made a mark on the MIAA her freshman year with a team-high 287 kills, 229 digs, 39 blocks and 10 service aces.
    Abby Heise of Truman State was voted Freshman of the Year and her stats include 246 kills, 57 assists, 34 service aces, 108 digs and 52 blocks for the 27-6 and No. 13-ranked Bulldogs.
    Jessica Fey, a Washburn senior, received Player of the Year honors for a season of 379 kills, 98 digs and 88 blocks entering Friday night.
    Nebraska-Kearney head coach Rick Squiers won Coach of the Year for guiding the Lopers to a regular season title during their first season in the MIAA.
    The Lopers hosted the MIAA Tournament semifinals on Friday night.
    No. 8-ranked Central Missouri defeated No. 4 Washburn 3-2 (25-22, 24-26, 13-25, 25-23, 15-11) behind 17 kills by Carly Sojka and 14 by Bradye Peniston. Sojka added 26 digs for a double-double. Julia Bates had 43 assists, eight kills and eight digs.
    Washburn lost despite 67 kills — double figures by Jessica Kopp (14), Kelsey Lewis (13), Hillary Hughes (13), Marissa Cox (12) and Fey (11) — and 109 digs, including 33 by Courtney Churchman. Three Lady Blue players had double-doubles: Gracie Petersen 47 assists and 17 digs, Hughes 13 kills and 16 digs, and Lewis 13 kills and 15 digs.
    Tournament host Nebraska-Kearney cleaned out Emporia State 3-0 (25-15, 25-10, 25-15) to set up a Kearney-Central Missouri championship match tonight. Ariel Krolikowski led the Lopers with 13 kills and nine digs. Jenna Rouzee added 34 assists and 13 digs. Frontenac native Emily Barto had five digs for the Hornets. Nebraska-Kearney hit .319 for the match and dug out 20 more shots than Emporia State, 71-51.
    The Lopers improved to 32-2 and own a 14-match winning streak.
     
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