The Midwest Collegiate Conference has announced its volleyball all-conference honors for the 2011 season. Twenty-eight athletes were recognized as part of the all-conference teams as voted by the coaches, including 14 to the First Team and 14 to the Honorable Mention Team.
The Grand View volleyball team had five players named to the MCC All-Conference First Team – sophomore middle blocker Charmin Anderson (Waterloo, Iowa), senior libero Amber Boevers (Sumner, Iowa), sophomore setter Paige Harris (Clive, Iowa), junior outside hitter Devon Jensen (Underwood, Iowa), and freshman outside hitter Kadie Subbert (Stanton, Iowa).
For the third straight season, Jensen was named MCC Player of the Year. She once again repeated as the MCC leader in kills with 713 kills (4.60 kills/game). Jensen leads the NAIA in total kills and ranks second nationally in kills per game. She also was second on her team and with 568 digs and eighth in the MCC averaging 3.40 digs per game and added 92 blocks. Jensen led the Vikings to the MCC regular season and tournament championships and a trip to the NAIA Volleyball National Championships.
"I am so incredibly proud of Devon and she is very deserving of the Player of the Year award," said Viking Head Coach Tina Carter." To this point, and throughout the past three seasons, she has accomplished so many milestones and she just keeps pushing to get better and improve every day. I think her drive to succeed is clear in the way she plays and she is truly passionate about the sport of volleyball. It is an honor to be able to work with her everyday and her progress over the past three years has been nothing short of awesome. This year, her defense has rivaled her offense, which is quite a feat and her ability to come up with a great play is something that we've almost come to expect from her."
"I think that this year has been a breakout year for her as a leader as well. Devon and Amber are the anchors of the team and have set the expectations high. It has also been fun to watch the mentoring relationship that she has with freshman Kadie Subbert and the mutual respect they have for each other. Devon has also made a permanent mark on the GV record books. She recently got her 700th kill of the season and 2,000th career kill and she still has another season to play. Her numbers are impressive, but this year she made a goal of becoming more efficient and has done just that. We, as a coaching staff, would like to congratulate Devon on such a wonderful honor and award."
Anderson was named the MCC Newcomer of the Year. Upon transferring from North Iowa Area Community College, Anderson ranked third in the MCC with a .293 attack percentage and ninth in blocks (0.83 per game). She also was second on the Vikings with 358 kills and 2.32 kills per game.
"The coaching staff is so excited for Charmin and her Newcomer of the Year award," Carter said. "She came to our program after being a dual-sport athlete at NIACC and her athleticism was immediately noticed. Charmin is incredibly quick and jumps very well which makes her a very dynamic attacker and blocker. During the course of the season she has developed into one of our go-to players and she has the ability to get the team excited with a big play. Charmin is so fun to coach and to have in the gym because of her laid-back personality and sense of humor, but when she steps on the court she can shift gears and compete at a very high level. We are very proud of her and she is very deserving of this award."
Carter was named by her peers as the MCC Coach of the Year. Carter has led the Vikings to a 38-7 overall record this year and a perfect 9-0 conference record in the regular season for Grand View's first-ever MCC title. The Vikings also won the MCC Tournament title to advance to the NAIA Volleyball National Championships. It is the second time in three years that Carter has won the MCC Coach of the Year award.
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