Three Volleyball Players Named First Team All-UMAC
ST. PAUL – MLC volleyball players Rachel Hein, Rebecca Engelbrecht and Miranda Maasz were named First Team All-UMAC Thursday. Leah Nass received honorable mention all-conference.
Hein, who was also named First Team All-UMAC in 2011, finished her senior season as the nation’s leader in blocks per set at 1.43. She led the Knights and the UMAC in total blocks (137), block assists (104) and solo blocks (33), and finished her career as the school’s all-time leader in block assists (307). Hein also led MLC with an attack percentage of .305, and was second in kills (236) and kills per set (2.46).
Engelbrecht was also named First Team All-UMAC in 2011, and this season was a two-time winner of the UMAC Offensive Player of the Week award, as well as a one-time recipient of the Defensive Player of the Week award. She finished the season as MLC’s leader in kills (377), total attacks (949) and kills per set (3.81), and also finished second in digs (295), digs per set (2.98) and attack percentage (.266). Engelbrecht also averaged 0.51 blocks per set.
Maasz had a breakout sophomore season as the team’s setter, tying for third place on the school’s single-season record list with 9.57 assists per set. She finished the season second in the conference in assists per set and total assists (947), helping the team to an attack percentage of .215 for the season, the team’s highest percentage since 2006. Maasz also showed versatility, averaging 2.22 digs and 0.48 blocks per set, and leading the team in service aces (30).
Nass had a productive freshman season for the Knights, and picked up her play as the season progressed. She averaged 1.67 kills and 0.76 blocks per set for the season, but improved those numbers to 2.02 kills and 0.92 blocks per set in conference games. Her 0.92 blocks per set in conference play were the fifth best average in the conference, helping MLC lead the conference and finish eighth in the nation in blocks per set (2.40) as a team.
Senior libero Jennifer Draeger was the MLC recipient of the individual sportsmanship award, which goes to one member of each team in the conference.
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