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Westminster volleyball: three Griffins named All-Conference

By Josh Fisher

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Nov. 21 2013 1:16 p.m. MST

SALT LAKE CITY – The Westminster College women’s volleyball team had three players recognized by the Frontier Conference when commissioner Kent Paulson announced the all-conference team at the awards banquet. Alexis Aalona and Mayra Ramirez were each named to the first team, while Jovana Sisovic was named to the second team.

Aalona was named to the first team after leading the Griffins with 363 kills during the season. The 6-foot-0 junior from Salt Lake City led the team in kills during 20 matches and had double figures in kills in 20 matches. Aalona recorded at least 15 kills in a match on eight occasions, and she finished the season hitting .202. She notched 353 digs and led the team with 14 double-doubles. Those 353 digs are the most by a non-defensive specialist in school history.

Ramirez was also named to the first team by posting 236 kills and 107 blocks this season. The 6-2 junior from Cali, Colombia, had 10 matches where she totaled at least five blocks, and her .281 hitting percentage was fifth in the Frontier Conference. Ramirez was fourth in the league in blocks per set and 20th in kills per set.

Sisovic earned second team honors behind a season of 238 kills and 82 blocks. The 6-2 senior from Belgrade, Serbia, was in double figures in kills in 11 matches, and she had six matches with at least five blocks. Sisovic hit .218 during the season to place 10th in the Frontier Conference, and her 0.76 blocks per set ranked ninth in the conference.

Frontier Conference regular season champion Montana State-Northern placed three players on the first team, one on the second team and one on the all-freshman team. Northern coach Bill Huebsch was named Coach of the Year. Northern middle blocker Abby Nicholas was named Player of the Year.

For the second year in a row, Kimmy Kavran of Montana Tech was named Libero of the Year. Rocky Mountain College middle blocker Yang Yang was named Newcomer of the Year, and University of Great Falls outside hitter Madison Wilhelm was named Freshman of the Year.

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