SIOUX CITY, Iowa – The Great Plains Athletic Conference has announced the 2018 Volleyball All-Conference Teams. Midland University, who tied for second-place during the regular season with a 13-3 conference mark, placed two players on the first-team, one on the second-team and had two others named honorable mention.
Seniors Jessica Peters and Priscilla O’Dowd were named to the First Team for the fourth straight year. Peters is currently ranked 12th in the NAIA, fourth in the GPAC, with 10.33 set assists per game. She has guided Midland to a .222 team attacking percentage while also registering 14 double-double matches in assists and digs. O’Dowd leads the Warriors with just over 3 kills per game and is second in NAIA in hitting percentage at .437 after leading the nation most of the year in that category. She is also the team leader in blocks with 99 on the year.
Taylor Petersen earned Second-Team recognition this year as a junior. She is hitting a career-high .176 so far this year. She ranks third on the team with 219 kills and also has 39 totals blocks.
Seniors Jenny Bair and Mackenzie Wecker were each named honorable mentions. Bair has 31 service aces as well as 218 kills thus far while Wecker ranks second in digs for Midland with 308.
“We have been fortunate to have some outstanding players over the years and this year is no different,” Midland head coach Paul Giesselmann commented. “You have to have some great players to tie for second place in one of the best conferences in the country and we are fortunate to have some.”
“Jessica and Priscilla have been impressive over their four years and deserve all the recognition they receive. Taylor worked really hard in the offseason and has had a solid year for us on the outside. I was happy to see her make the second team. It was nice to see Jenny, who has been a steady player for this program over the years, and Mackenzie, one of our senior leaders, recognized as honorable mentions as well.”
Midland (22-6) has qualified for the 2018 NAIA Volleyball National Championship for the sixth straight season, a feat matched by only four other schools, and will be begin pool play in Sioux City, Iowa on Tuesday, November 27.