November 11, 2009

Bluffton’s Shauna Rowland Claims HCAC Volleyball MVP

GREENWOOD, IN - Bluffton University's Shauna Rowland (Bucyrus, Ohio/Wynford) has been selected as the 2009 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference volleyball Most Valuable Player.  Rowland helped guide the Beavers to their first HCAC championship and first tournament title with an 8-0 mark against conference opponents.

 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Anna Lewer (Indianapo lis, Ind./Lutheran) has been honored as the 2009 HCAC Freshman of the Year, Anderson University's Caitlin Morency (Lanesville, Ind./Floyd Central) claimed the 2009 Defensive Most Valuable Player honor for the second straight season, and Bluffton head coach Steve Yarnell picked up his first HCAC Coach of Year Award. 

Rowland played in 112 games for the Beavers on the year and averaged a league-high 10.56 assists per game.  The junior chipped in 27 service aces, 86 kills, 353 digs, and 45 blocks from the setter position during the Beavers' 32 matches.  The Bucyrus, Ohio native averaged 10.84 assists and 4.24 digs per game during conference matches this season. 

Morency, the Ravens' senior libero, was the backbone of the Anderson defense all season.  She led the league with a 5.57 digs per game average during conference play and posted a 5.79 average in all contests.  During Anderson's 32 matches, Morency totaled a league-high 672 digs and added 32 service aces. 

Rose-Hulman's Anna Lewer averaged 2.82 kills per game, 3.40 digs per game, and added 44 service aces this season.  She tallied 330 total kills, ranking third in the conference in that category.  Lewer was eighth in the conference in kills during conference play, averaging 2.79 per game and ranked fourth in service aces (0.39). 

Yarnell guided the Beavers to their first HCAC title this season.  Bluffton also earned the conference tournament championship and berth into the NCAA Division III national tournament.  He has led the Beavers to a 27-5 mark this season and will travel to Hope College to face Ohio Northern on November 12 in regional play.

Joining Morency, and Lewer as a member of the All-HCAC squad are Anderson University's Carol Weatherford (Sr., Terre Haute, Ind.), Bluffton University's Jenna Eshleman (So., Landisville, Pa.), Brittany Roth (Sr., Findlay, Ohio), and Nicole Wood (So., Tiffin, Ohio), Defiance College's Danyel Lipps (Sr., West Alexandria, Ohio) and Marlea Rolander (So., Napoleon, Ohio), Hanover College's Rachel Kloentrup (Jr., Morning View, Ky.) and Kirsten Brandvik (So., Indianapolis, Ind.), Mount St. Joseph's Jamie Grauvogel (Jr., Cleves, Ohio) and Lyndsey Waldman (Jr., Batavia, Ohio), Rose-Hulman's Amanda Jevons (Jr., Henderson, Nev.) and Transylvania University's Jordan Geisen (Jr., Florence, Ky.). 

A complete list of award winners follows, including All-HCAC Honorable Mention and All-Freshman teams. 

Most Valuable Player: Shauna Rowland, Bluffton University 

Defensive Most Valuable Player: Caitlin Morency, Anderson University 

Freshman of the Year: Anna Lewer, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Coach of the Year: Steve Yarnell, Bluffton University

All-HCAC

Carol Weatherford

Anderson

Senior

MH

Terre Haute, Ind.

Caitlin Morency

Anderson

Senior

L

Lanesville, Ind.

Jenna Eshleman

Bluffton

Sophomore

OH

Landisville, Penn.

Brittany Roth

Bluffton

Senior

L

Findlay, Ohio

Nicole Wood

Bluffton

Sophomore

OH

Tiffin, Ohio

Danyel Lipps

Defiance

Senior

OH

W. Alexandria, Ohio

Marlea Rolander

Defiance

Sophomore

MB

Napoleon, Ohio

Kirsten Brandvik

Hanover

Sophomore

OH

Indianapolis, Ind.

Rachel Kloentrup

Hanover

Junior

OH

Morning View, Ky.

Jamie Grauvogel

Mount St. Joseph

Junior

OH

Cleves, Ohio

Lyndsey Waldman

Mount St. Joseph

Junior

 S

Batavia, Ohio

Anna Lewer

Rose-Hulman

Freshman

OH

Indianapolis, Ind.

Amanda Jevons

Rose-Hulman

Junior

RS

Henderson, Nev.

Jordan Geisen

Transylvania

Junior

MB

Florence, Ky.

 

 

All-Freshman Team 

Stephanie Weinman

Anderson

Freshman

OH

Indianapolis, Ind.

Brooke Distel

Bluffton

Freshman

MH

Carey, Ohio

Sarah Quebe

Hanover

Freshman

MH

Indianapolis, Ind.

Jaclyn Stenger

Mount St. Joseph

Freshman

L

Cincinnati, Ohio

Michelle Woods

Mount St. Joseph

Freshman

Def.

Ft. Wright, Ky.

Anna Lewer

Rose-Hulman

Freshman

OH

Indianapolis, Ind.

 

Honorable Mention All-HCAC

Kate McCullum

Anderson

Senior

OH

W. Alexandria, Ohio

Jessica Berlin

Anderson

Senior

OH

New Haven, Ind.

Sara Porter

Defiance

Junior

OH

Toledo, Ohio/Start

Caiti Sheff

Franklin

Sophomore

OH

Greenwood, Ind.

Chelsea Caldwell

Franklin

Sophomore

 S

Fountaintown, Ind.

Abby Merritt

Hanover

Sophomore

MH

Indianapolis, Ind.

Jenn Wullenweber

Hanover

Sophomore

 S

Milan, Ind.

Christa Peden

Manchester

Junior

OH

N. Manchester, Ind.

Lauren Nash

Manchester

Junior

 S

Sellersburg, Ind.

Kat Roedig

Mount St. Joseph

Sophomore

MH

Cincinnati, Ohio

Casey Waldman

Mount St. Joseph

Senior

OH

Batavia, Ohio

Meredith Benninger

Transylvania

Sophomore

MB

Louisville, Ky.

Rebecca Luking

Transylvania

Sophomore

 S

Louisville, Ky.

Sarah Sams

Transylvania

Junior

L

Lexington, Ky.