Vondrak Named To All-GPAC First Team
Vondrak Is GPAC Player Of The Week
Mustangs Picked 8th In GPAC Pre-Season Poll
Four members of the Morningside College volleyball team have been named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
The Mustangs’ volleyball Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes are:
Jessica Augustine, a 5-10 junior middle blocker from Des Moines, Iowa. Augustine has a 3.64 cumulative grade point average (GPA) with a major in nursing.
Ashley Buell, a 5-6 senior defensive specialist from Galva, Iowa. Buell has a 3.62 cumulative GPA with a major in elementary education.
Samantha Jensen, a 5-7 junior defensive specialist from Walnut, Iowa. Jensen has a 3.64 cumulative GPA with a major in biology.
Kecia Verburg, a 5-10 junior middle blocker from Orange City, Iowa. Verburg has a 3.74 cumulative GPA with a major in nursing.
Morningside posted a 12-17 record during the 2013 season.
Student-athletes must be of at least junior academic status and have a minimum GPA of 3.50 in order to be eligible for Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors.
Click here for the complete list of 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Volleyball Scholar-Athletes.
Maggie Vondrak, a 6-0 senior outside hitter from Sioux City, has been named to the 2013 All-Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Volleyball First Team as selected by the league’s head coaches.
Vondrak was the big hitter in the Mustangs’ attack with 374 kills for an average of 3.67 kills per game for the 10th highest single-season average in Morningside history. She was second on the team with 370 digs for a norm of 3.63 per game for the ninth highest single-season average in Morningside history among non-liberos. Vondrak also had 19 ace serves along with nine solo blocks and 34 block assists for an average of 0.42 blocks per game.
Vondrak led the Mustangs with 24 double figure kill performances and with 19 kill/dig double-doubles. She slammed 23 kills in the Mustangs’ match against Midland University on Oct. 26 for the team’s top individual kill total of the season.
She amassed 1,115 kills and 964 digs during her three-year Morningside career for averages of 3.05 kills and 2.63 digs per game.
Vondrak received All-GPAC recognition for the third time in her career. She also earned first-team honors as a sophomore and was a second-team selection as a junior.
In addition to Vondrak, the Mustangs’ Grace Chvatal and Kecia Verburg were named to the All-GPAC honorable mention list.
Chvatal, a 5-6 sophomore libero from Wahoo, Neb., led the Mustangs with 503 digs for an average of 4.93 digs per game for the fourth highest single-season average in Morningside history. Chvatal also led the Mustangs with 34 ace serves. She had the Mustangs’ top individual dig performance of the season with 30 in the Mustangs’ Oct. 26 match against Midland.
Verburg, a 5-10 junior middle blocker-outside hitter from Orange City, had 203 kills for an average of 2.03 per game and led the Mustangs with a .227 hitting percentage. Verburg was also the Mustangs’ defensive leader at the net with nine solo blocks and 75 block assists for an average of 0.84 blocks per game.
Morningside posted a 12-17 record during the 2013 season and finished ninth in the GPAC standings with a 4-12 league record.
Click here for the complete 2013 All-GPAC Volleyball Team.
Maggie Vondrak, a 6-0 senior outside hitter from Sioux City, has been named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Volleyball Player of the Week for Oct. 7-13.
Vondrak pounded 33 kills and averaged 5.50 kills per game to lead the Mustangs to 3-0 sweeps of Mount Marty College and Dakota Wesleyan University. She matched her season’s high with 17 kills in last Tuesday’s victory against Mount Marty and had a 16-kill performance in last Friday’s triumph at Dakota Wesleyan. Vondrak also averaged 2.67 digs per game in the Mustangs’ two victories. She complimented her 17-kill performance against Mount Marty with 13 digs for her 13th double double of the season.
Vondrak is averaging a team-high 3.54 kills per game and leads the Mustangs’ non-liberos with an average of 3.80 digs per contest. Vondrak has 995 kills during her three-year Morningside career to put her five shy of becoming the 15th volleyball player in Morningside history to amass 1000 career kills.
Morningside will take an 11-10 record into a league match against Dordt College on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center.
Morningside was picked for an eighth place finish in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) in the 2013 GPAC Volleyball Coaches Pre-Season Poll released on Aug. 12.
The Mustangs return nine letterwinners, including three starters, from a team that posted a 17-16 record last year to extend their streak to 12 consecutive winning seasons. Morningside qualified for last year’s NAIA Volleyball National Championship for its fourth national tournament appearance in the last five years.
Morningside will open the 2013 season at the Northwestern College Red Raider Classic on Aug. 23 and 24 in Orange City, Iowa.
Click here for the complete GPAC Pre-Season Poll results.