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Volleyball - Fri, Nov. 9, 2012

LIVONIA, Mich. – (COMPLETE HONORS) - Madonna University returned to the top of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) volleyball standings after a three-year absence to claim the regular season championship. The Crusaders posted a 10-1 conference record and earned the job of hosting the quarterfinals, semifinals, and championship of the conference tournament.

The league named Madonna's Evia Prieditis as both the Player and Setter of the Year. The junior led the league with 10.9 assists per set and is fifth in the nation with 1411 total assists. She also received the Setter of the Year honor in 2010. Casey Gates led Northwestern Ohio with 472 kills to earn Newcomer of the Year honors while Cornerstone's Abby Miedema was named Libero of the Year with 569 digs.

Crusader head coach Jerry Abraham earned Coach of the Year honors after becoming just the second coach in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to reach 1,000 wins. Michigan-Dearborn head coach Mike Gibson received the Coach of Character award for best representing the five core values of the NAIA's Champions of Character initiative – Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Sportsmanship, and Servant Leadership.

In addition to All-Conference honors, two other honors were announced – the Champions of Character Team and All-Academic (for juniors and above in academic standing and 3.25 GPA).

First Team All-Conference

 

Player

School

Pos.

Yr.

Hometown

^Evia Prieditis

Madonna

Jr.

S

Milford, Mich.

Casey Gates

Northwestern Ohio

Jr.

OH

Jackson Center, Ohio

^Nastija Baranovska

Madonna

Sr.

MB

Riga, Latvia

Kelsey Cox

Indiana Tech

Sr.

MB

Flushing, Mich.

Nicole Chase

Davenport

Jr.

MB

Caledonia, Mich.

Cailie Johnson

Cornerstone

So.

MB

Rockford, Mich.

Lindsay Adams

Siena Heights

So.

OH

Coldwater, Mich.

Kelse Moon

Davenport

Sr.

OH

Fremont, Mich.

Lauren Maxwell

Northwestern Ohio

Jr.

S

Highland, Mich.

Stacey Catalano

Madonna

Jr.

OH

Macomb Township, Mich.

Stacy Nagy

Indiana Tech

So.

MB

Temperance, Mich.

Elle Sturgell

Aquinas

So.

MB

Grand Rapids, Mich.

Emilie Freeman

Madonna

Jr.

MB

Livonia, Mich.

Kasey Clark

Lawrence Tech

Jr.

OH

Oakland, Calif.

^Repeat All-Conference performer from 2011

 

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