Jenn Buyert and Brittni Olson were both named to the second team of the 2016 All-GPAC Volleyball selections.

Brittni Olson

Jenn Buyert

Morningside College’s Jenn Buyert and Brittni Olson were both named to the second team of the 2016 All-Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Volleyball Team as selected by the league’s head coaches.

Their exploits have helped lead the Mustangs to a 19-13 record to secure the host berth in the upcoming NAIA Volleyball National Championship tournament slated for Nov. 29 to Dec. 3 at Sioux City’s Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena.

Buyert, a 6-3 junior outside hitter from Sioux Center, Iowa, has 304 kills for an average of 2.55 kills per set to compliment a norm of 0.76 blocks per set. She has a team-high 18 double figure kill performances, including a season’s high 19 kills in matches against Dakota Wesleyan University and Northwestern College.

Buyert was also a second-team All-GPAC selection last season.

Olson, a 6-1 freshman middle blocker from Sioux City, is one of the most significant newcomers in the GPAC and is the Mustangs’ offensive and defensive leader at the net. Olson has slammed a team-high 315 kills to lead the Mustangs with an average of 2.56 kills per set and also tops the team with 23 solo blocks and 133 block assists for an average of 1.27 blocks per set. She is second on the team with a .319 hitting percentage.

Olson has the Mustangs’ top single-match kill performance of the season with 21 terminations against Central Methodist University. Her 133 block assists is the fourth highest total in Morningside history and her average of 1.27 blocks per set is the fifth highest rate in the Mustangs’ annals.

In addition to their two second-team selections, the Mustangs placed Jayde Bergmann and Ashley Vande Stouwe on the All-GPAC honorable mention list.

Bergmann, a 5-10 junior outside hitter from Dakota Dunes, S.D., has an average of 2.25 kills per set to compliment a norm of 0.55 blocks per set.

Vande Stouwe, a 6-1 junior middle blocker from Rock Rapids, Iowa, is averaging 1.94 kills and 1.13 blocks per set and leads the Mustangs with a .325 hitting percentage. She has 123 block assists for the sixth highest total in Morningside history.

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