BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. - Urbana University's Mikaela Beck and Katlynn Dunlap were each selected to the 2016 All-Mountain East Conference First Team as the league announced its annual awards on Wednesday. UU's Alyssa Myers was voted to the all-freshman team.
Beck, a senior transfer outside hitter from Detroit, Michigan, is one of three players in the MEC to record over 500 points this season. She finished third in the league for kills (3.69/set), points (4.15/set), and ninth in service aces (39 - 0.31/set). Beck posted 14 double-doubles on the year while posting single-match highs of 24 kills (Oct. 18 vs. Lake Erie) and 17 digs (Oct. 4 vs. Notre Dame).
Dunlap, a junior outside hitter from Zoarville, Ohio, earned first-team all-conference honors for the second straight year following another dominant season. She finished fifth in the conference in points (3.51/set) and kills (3.14), and is nearing the 1,200 kill mark for her career, where she currently ranks fourth among UU all-time leaders (1,178). Dunlap recorded a team-high 16 double-doubles with single-match bests of 20 kills (Oct. 4 vs. Notre Dame) and 30 digs (Oct. 28 vs. Shepherd).
Myers, a freshman setter from Whitehall, Michigan, appeared as one of seven MEC student-athletes on the all-freshman squad. She dished out the second-most assists (9.85/set) in the league while serving up the 13th-most aces (34 - 0.29/set). She recorded a season-high 53 assists on Oct. 28 against Shepherd, and totaled four double-doubles on the year.
Regular season champion Wheeling Jesuit took top honors as the Mountain East Conference announced its annual awards and all-conference teams. Senior Haley Kindall was named the league's Player of the Year, while teammate Kayce Krucki was recognized as the Libero of the Year. Freshman Bre Kramer was chosen as the Freshman of the Year, and Christy Benner was selected as the Coach of the Year.
In addition to the individual awards, Wheeling Jesuit had three first team selections, followed by Urbana with two. Charleston, Concord, Fairmont State and West Liberty each had one first team selection.
The All-MEC teams are selected by a vote of the league's coaches.
2016 MEC Individual AwardsPlayer of the Year: Haley Kindall (Wheeling Jesuit)
Libero of the Year: Kayci Krucki (Wheeling Jesuit)
Freshman of the Year: Bre Kramer (Wheeling Jesuit)
Coach of the Year: Christy Benner (Wheeling Jesuit)2016 All-MEC First TeamPos. Name School Cl.HometownOH Mikaela Beck Urbana Sr. Detroit, Mich.OH Katlynn Dunlap Urbana Jr. Zoarville, OhioRS Mackenzie Harrison Fairmont State Jr. Twinsburg, OhioMB Brooke Heck Concord So. Huntington, W.Va.MB Haley Kindall Wheeling Jesuit Sr. Westerville, OhioL Kayce Krucki Wheeling Jesuit Sr. Findlay, OhioMB Sydney Scherer West Liberty Jr. Brookville, OhioS Andrea Thobe Wheeling Jesuit Sr. Sidney, OhioMB Jordan Wittekind Charleston Sr. Charleston, W.Va.2016 All-MEC Second TeamPos. NameSchool Cl. HometownOH Karley Allen UVa-Wise Sr. Lanexa, Va.S Jessica Furda Fairmont State Jr. Wintersville, OhioOH Carly Granger Charleston So. Fenton, Mich.OH Lauran Graves Wheeling Jesuit So. Toledo, OhioRS/S Amanda Leonard West Liberty So. Milford, Mich.OH Melissa Maczuzak Notre Dame Jr. Concord, OhioRS Emma Schleucher Wheeling Jesuit Sr. Findlay, OhioOH Shiann White Charleston Sr. Thatcher, Ariz.2016 All-MEC Honorable MentionPos. Name School Cl. HometownOH/RS Raimey Benson West Liberty So. Dublin, OhioL Megan Clerico Fairmont State So. Norristown, Pa.L Ali Kaeberlein Notre Dame Fr. Massillon, Ohio MB/OH Hannah King W.Va. Wesleyan Jr. Charleston, W.Va.OH Bre Kramer Wheeling Jesuit Fr. Norwalk, OhioS Claire Lambert Charleston Jr. North Olmstead, OhioMB/OH Stephanie Leonard West Liberty So. Milford, Mich.L Kelsey Matusic Charleston Fr. Winfield, W.Va.L Erin Shannon Concord So. Frankfort, Ill.2016 MEC All-Freshman TeamPos. Name School Cl. HometownL Kailee Cunningham West Liberty Fr. Independence, OhioMB Rebecca Feeney Fairmont State Fr. Douglassville, Pa.L Ali Kaeberlein Notre Dame Fr. Massillon, OhioOH Bre Kramer Wheeling Jesuit Fr. Norwalk, OhioL Kelsey Matusic Charleston Fr. Winfield, W.Va.OH Mary Kate McHugh Notre Dame Fr. North Canton, OhioS Alyssa Myers Urbana Fr. Whitehall, Mich.
Courtesy of the Urbana University Media Department and posted with their permission
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