MILWAUKEE, Wis. (naccsports.org) --- The Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) has announced its major awards and all-conference teams for the 2019 women's volleyball season.
Aurora University swept the four major awards as freshman outside hitter Sydnei Avery (Yorkville, Ill. | Yorkville) was named NACC Women's Volleyball Player of the Year as well NACC Freshman of the Year, junior defensive specialist Julia Wood (Bloomington, Ind. | Bloomington North) was named NACC Women's Volleyball Defensive Player of the Year, and head coach James Seitelman was named NACC Women's Volleyball Coach of the Year.
The All-NACC women's volleyball team and major awards are selected by a vote of the league's head coaches.
Avery has played in 30 of 31 matches and leads all NACC players in total kills (415), kills per set (4.03) and total attacks (1,252). She has posted double figures in kills on 25 occasions, topping 20 on three occasions and posting a season-high 24 in a four-set win over UW-La Crosse on Oct. 25. Throughout the season, Avery also accumulated 78 digs, 45 blocks (four solo), 10 service aces and three assists while posting a .228 hitting percentage. In 12 NACC matches, she registered 155 kills (4.08 per set) with a .212 hitting percentage, 21 blocks, 19 digs and seven aces. Avery currently ranks in the top 30 of NCAA Division III players in most attacking categories (kills, points, attacks).
Wood, who was also named NACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2017, leads all NACC players in digs (603) and digs per set (5.58). Her numbers place her inside the top 25 in NCAA Division III in both categories. Wood has posted double figures in digs in 27 of 31 matches this season, surpassing 30 on three occasions and posting a season-best 33 twice -- Sept. 6 against Hardin-Simmons and Oct. 5 against Lakeland. She also ranks second on the team with 32 service aces 93 assists. In conference play alone (12 matches), she posted 202 digs.
Seitelman, in his seventh season, led the Spartans to a 21-10 mark during the regular season, a share of a second-consecutive NACC title with a 10-2 mark in league play, and the top seed in the NACC Tournament. Under his guidance, Aurora has finished either first or second in the league each of the past four seasons. Through Nov. 5, the Spartans lead all NACC programs in kills (1,385), assists (1,309), digs (2,053) and total attacks (4,178). This is Seitelman's second consecutive NACC Women's Volleyball Coach of the Year honor.
The Spartans claimed four of the 18 available spots on the All-NACC teams, with two players each named first and second teams. Lakeland University, which shared the regular-season title with Aurora and Concordia Wisconsin, had three all-league players including two first-teamers. CUW, Dominican, and Wisconsin Lutheran each had two first-team selections, while Benedictine had one player apiece named to the first and second teams. Concordia Chicago, Edgewood and MSOE each had one all-conference selection.
|2019 All-Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Women's Volleyball Team|
|Player of the Year - Sydnei Avery, Aurora|
|Defensive Player of the Year - Julia Wood, Aurora|
|Freshman of the Year - Sydnei Avery, Aurora|
|Coach of the Year - James Seitelman, Aurora|
|First Team||School||Yr.||Pos.||Hometown||High School|
|Sydnei Avery||Aurora||Fr.||OH||Yorkville, Ill.||Yorkville|
|Julia Wood||Aurora||Jr.||DS||Bloomington, Ind.||Bloomington North|
|Taylor Dunwell||Benedictine||Sr.||OH||Naperville, Ill.||Waubonsie Valley|
|Megan Mayer||Concordia Wisconsin||Sr.||OH||Downers Grove, Ill.||Downers Grove South|
|Kendall Stribling||Concordia Wisconsin||Sr.||MH||Greenfield, Wis.||Whitnall|
|Sarah Lychock||Dominican||So.||DS/L||Henderson, Nev.||Bishop Gorman|
|Gabija Sinickaite||Dominican||So.||RS||Naperville, Ill.||Naperville North|
|Mackenzie Doherty||Edgewood||Jr.||OH||Cross Plains, Wis.||Wisconsin Heights|
|Shannon Bishop||Lakeland||Sr.||OPP||River Grove, Ill.||Walther Christian|
|Neenah Primas||Lakeland||Jr.||S||Oostburg, Wis.||Sheboygan South|
|Ally Goba||Wisconsin Lutheran||Fr.||DS||Mukwonago, Wis.||Luther Preparatory|
|Grace Tomhave||Wisconsin Lutheran||Jr.||OPP||Lake Mills, Wis.||Luther Preparatory|
|Second Team||School||Yr.||Pos.||Hometown||High School|
|Imani Freeman||Aurora||Jr.||OH||Homewood, Ill.||Homewood-Flossmoor|
|Lindsey Simpson||Aurora||Jr.||MB||Flossmoor, Ill.||Homewood-Flossmoor|
|Molly Stock||Benedictine||Jr.||RS/OH||Naperville, Ill.||Naperville Central|
|Shannon Stamp||Concordia Chicago||Jr.||MB||Iowa City, Iowa||Iowa City High|
|Megan Goeser||Lakeland||Jr.||MB||Plymouth, Wis.||Plymouth|
|Quinn Borchert||MSOE||So.||RS||Lake Mills, Wis.||Lake Mills|
|Honorable Mention||School||Yr.||Pos.||Hometown||High School|
|Alyssa Mojica||Benedictine||Fr.||S||Woodridge, Ill.||Downers Grove South|
|Ariana Richmond||Concordia Wisconsin||Sr.||DS||South Elgin, Ill.||St. Charles North|
|Keely McCallum||Dominican||Fr.||MH||San Diego, Calif.||Del Norte|
|Abbey Maier||Edgewood||Fr.||OH/MH||Madison, Wis.||Madison Memorial|
|Alyssa Charron||Wisconsin Lutheran||Jr.||OH/OPP||Appleton, Wis.||Fox Valley Lutheran|