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Bethel’s North, Payne and IUSB’s Marchand earn NAIA All-American honors

by | May 4, 2021 | Featured, Volleyball | 0 comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo, – The 2020 NAIA Women’s Volleyball All-Americans, Coach of the Year, Player of the Year, Setter of the Year and Defender of the Year have been announced.

Nada Meawad of Park (Mo.) has been named the 2020 NAIA Player of the Year. Meawad was also the player of the year in 2018. The outside hitter recorded a total of 390 kills on the season for an average of 5.57 kills per set and ranks No. 1 in the nation in kills per set. The senior also posted season-highs of 37 kills, 21 digs, five aces and five blocks. She was also named the 2020 Heart of America Athletic Conference Player and Attacker of the year.

Olivia Galas of Bellevue (Neb.) has been named the 2020 NAIA Setter of the Year. Galas recorded a total of 1,015 assists on the season in 91 sets played for an average of 11.15 assists per set. The setter posted her highest assist average of her career this year. Galas posted a season-high 65 assists against Texas Wesleyan.

Brenna Krommendyk of Dordt (Iowa) has been named the 2020 NAIA Defender of the Year. Krommendyk recorded 106 assisted blocks and 24 solo blocks on the season for a total of 130 total blocks averaging 1.4 blocks per set. The middle blocker set a season and career-high of 11 blocks against Missouri Baptist in the semifinals at the national tournament.

Jon Hegerle of Jamestown (N.D.) has been named the 2020 NAIA Coach of the Year. Hegerle led the Jimmies to a record season with a 30-2 overall record with the only two losses coming from Northwestern (Iowa) and 2020 runner-up Midland (Neb.). The team captured its first No. 1 rank in school history and amassed five No. 1 ranking throughout the regular season. UJ had only advanced as far as the round of 16 in 2017 but the Jimmies pushed past that to play in the semifinals for the first time in program history with Hegerle leading the way.

All of the selections are made by the All-America Committee and comprises a First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention Team. There are 10 members on each of the first three All-America teams.

 

First Team 

Name School Pos. Class Hometown
Olivia Galas* Bellevue (Neb.) S JR Bellevue, Neb.
Brenna Krommendyk* Dordt (Iowa) MB So Belle Plain, Minn.
Kalli Hegerle Jamestown (N.D.) RS Jr West Fargo, N.D.
Anna Holen Jamestown (N.D.) OH Jr LaMoure, N.D.
Jodie Kelly* Madonna (Mich.) OH SR Romeo, Mich.
Skyler Van Note** Marian (Ind.) OH Jr Muncie, Ind.
Giovanna Tapigliani Missouri Baptist RS Sr Sao Paulo, Brazil
Lacey Reitz Northwestern (Iowa) S Sr Jackson, Minn.
Anna Wedel* Northwestern (Iowa) OH Sr Maurice, Iowa
Sophia Salak* Oklahoma City S JR McKinney, Texas
Nada Meawad*** Park (Mo.) OH Sr Cairo, Egypt
Bailey Foy Texas Wesleyan MB SR Paris, Texas
Katie Emmerling The Master’s (Calif.) S SR Clovis, Calif.
Lexi Malone Westmont (Calif.) MB SO Ventura, Calif.

 

Second Team

First Name School Pos. Class Hometown
Isabelle North Bethel (Ind.) MB Fr Hoagland, Ind.
Avari Ridgway Corban (Ore.) OH JR McMinnville, Ore.
Cambree Scott Eastern Oregon MB JR Bend, Oregon
Eryn Russell* Evangel (Mo.) L Jr Republic, Mo.
Rachel Klitzing* Indiana Wesleyan MB Sr Fort Wayne, Ind.
Erinn Adam IU Kokomo (Ind.) MB Sr Bloomington, Ind.
Abbie Seward** Keiser (Fla.) OH SR Bloomington, Ill.
Lena Pucnik Life (Ga.) OH SO Celje, Slovenia
Victoria Johnson* Mayville State (N.D.) MB JR Roseau, Minn.
Taliyah Flores Midland (Neb.) OH Jr Papillion, Neb.
Amanda Mendes Park (Mo.) S Sr Sacramento, Brazil
Cydney Finberg-Roberts Providence (Mont.) S JR Columbia Falls, Mont.
Maya Roberts Viterbo (Wis.) Op SR Watertown, Wis.
Kellie Kozak Wayland Baptist (Texas) MB SR Ituna, Saskatchewan, Canada

 

Third Team

First Name School Pos. Class Hometown
Payton Klein Aquinas (Mich.) RS SR Bruce Township, Mich.
Eve Fountain Bellevue (Neb.) OH FR Omaha, Neb.
Paola Sanabria-Sanchez Bethany (Kan.) OH Sr Rincon, Puerto Rico
Maddy Payne Bethel (Ind.) MB Fr Nappanee, Ind.
Grace Stumbaugh Central Methodist (Mo.) MB Sr Concordia, Mo.
Luisa Ferreira* Columbia (Mo.) S So Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Maddie Polzin Dakota State (S.D.) OH SR Baltic, S.D.
Jennifer Roth MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) OH Sr Madras, Ore.
Raylyn Dodd Missouri Baptist MB Sr Fredericktown, Mo.
Sara Klunder Missouri Baptist MB Fr Hudson, Iowa
Isidora Stojovic* Missouri Baptist OH Sr Belgrade, Serbia
Ayona Tharps* Ottawa (Kan.) RS Sr Collinsville, Ill.
Kate Pestova Ottawa (Ariz.) OH JR Tacoma, Wash.
Courtney Pressley Reinhardt (Ga.) OH SO Loganville, Ga.

 

Honorable Mention

First Name School Pos. Class Hometown
Kali Crawford Aquinas (Mich.) S SR Grand Rapids, Mich.
Madelyn Haut Ave Maria (Fla.) MB SO Monroe, Mich.
Brianna Rivera Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.) OH SO Chandler, Ariz.
Annabelle Somoza Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.) S SO Patagonia, Ariz.
Makenna Northern Bushnell (Ore.) S JR Browsville, Ore.
Paige Merrick Campbellsville (Ky.) S JR Coxs Creek, Ky.
Taelyr Krantz Carroll (Mont.) MB JR Helena, Mont
Tara Callahan Concordia (Neb.) S Sr Brady, Neb.
Kayla Clark Cornerstone (Mich.) S SR Jenison, Mich.
Ady Dwight Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) MB Fr Langford, S.D.
Alli Timmermans Dordt (Iowa) Opp Jr Orange City, Iowa
Kiley McMurtrey Eastern Oregon L SR Idaho Falls, Idaho
Breanna Shaffer Eastern Oregon OH JR Kennewick, Wash.
Hunter Keller Georgetown (Ky.) MB SO Cincinnati, Ohio
Reece Shirley IU East (Ind.) S Fr Michigan City, Ind.
Jessica Swimm IU East (Ind.) OH Fr Hagerstown, Ind.
Jacey Blust Indiana Tech L SO Florence, Mich.
Ana Collar Indiana Wesleyan RS Jr Cicero, Ind.
Lizzie Sokeland IU Kokomo (Ind.) MB Sr Bloomington, Ind.
Hannah Marchand IU South Bend (Ind.) MB SR Sturgis, Mich.
Jillian Blackman John Brown (Ark.) L SO Stillwell, Kan.
Lauren Cloud John Brown (Ark.) S SO Springdale, Ariz.
Amber Dilsaver Keiser (Fla.) OPP JR Fort Madison, Iowa
Mary Zimmerman Life (Ga.) MB SR Newborn, Ga.
Hannah Caddow Life Pacific (Calif.) OH SO Santa Clarita, Calif.
Sydney Culpepper Life Pacific (Calif.) OH SR Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Camryn Rich Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) S SO Louisville, Ky.
Alexis Smith Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) OH JR Georgetown, Ind.
Sarah Spangler Marian (Ind.) RS Jr Cedar Lake, Ind.
Mason Hart Mayville State (N.D.) L SR Moorhead, Minn.
Aidan Brown McPherson (Kan.) OH Fr Sterling, Ill.
Hannah Foecker Mid-America Christian (Okla.) OH SR Sudlohn, Germany
Maegan Plunk Mid-America Christian (Okla.) L SR Rowlett, Texas
Jacque Calvert MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) MB Sr Kansas City, Mo.
Hope Leimbach Midland (Neb.) S So Lincoln, Neb.
Maddie Bell Mount Mercy (Iowa) MB Sr Ely, Iowa
Makenzie Fink Northwestern (Iowa) RS Sr Lanark, Ill.
Essence West Oklahoma Panhandle (Okla.) OH SO Dallas, Texas
Janelle Skinner Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) S JR Bolingbrook, Ill.
Kalani Ketchens Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) OH SR San Antonio, Texas
Noura Meawad Park (Mo.) RS Sr Cairo, Egypt
Sacha Legros Providence (Mont.) L SR Verviers, Belgium
Sadie Lott Providence (Mont.) OH FR Idaho Falls, Idaho
Eyla Embry Rocky Mountain (Mont.) L SO Bozeman, Mont.
Breanna Brooks San Diego Christian (Calif.) MB FR Gilbert, Ariz.
Macie Rhoads Shawnee State (Ohio) OH JR Circleville, Ohio
Alexis Mealer SAGU (Texas) OH JR Arlington, Texas
Jill Kavalauskas St. Ambrose (Iowa) OH JR Chicago, Ill.
Amanda Adams Taylor (Ind.) OH Sr Heath, Ohio
Shayna Baugh Union (Ky.) MB JR Tucson, Ariz.

 

*Named 1st, 2nd or 3rd team in 2019

**Named 1st, 2nd or 3rd team in 2018