The 2019 MCAC Volleyball Players-of-the-Year and the NJCAA Region XIII All-Tournament teams have been named, following the conclusion of volleyball post-season tournaments in Brainerd and Rochester.
Northern Division & Region XIIIB champion Central Lakes College saw standout Hailey Tihlarik garner Player-of-the-Year status, with MCAC Divisional coaches voting the sophomore from Onamia, Minnesota top honors for her performance this past season. The Raiders head to the National tournament at 18-13 overall for the year and Tihlarik and her team are ranked #10 in the current NJCAA Division III Volleyball poll.
In the Southern Division, returning RCTC All-America selection Carrie Rutledge turned in a sensational sophomore campaign, leading her team to an unbeaten mark in MCAC and post-season play, as well as a 29-2 overall record. The sophomore from Hayfield, Minnesota sits No. 1 nationally in Kill-per-Set average, at 4.94 and second in total kills, at 474. Rutledge captured Southern Division Player-of-the-Year honors for 2019. RCTC is currently #2 in the National poll.
In addition, the All-Region Tournament teams from both tournaments have been selected by participating coaches. Read on the 2019 All-Region teams in volleyball; Central Lakes College and Rochester Community & Technical College both advanced to the 2019 NJCAA Division III Volleyball National Championships, held in Rochester, Minnesota on November 14-16. RCTC Yellowjacket Brekkin McCready and CLC Raider Sydney Berg were named Region Tournament MVP's for 2019.
Go to this link or click the following to be directed to the NJCAA Division III National Championships page. Look for tournament seeding information to be posted Tuesday, November 5; for up-to-date Championship information, Follow @NJCAAVolleyball
2019 Region XIIIA Volleyball All-Tournament Team
|Brekkin McCready %||Rochester Community & Technical College||Setter|
|Hayley Dessner||Rochester Community & Technical College||MH/OH|
|Carrie Rutledge||Rochester Community & Technical College||OH|
|Kamryn D'Heilly||St. Cloud Technical & Community College||MH|
|Rilee Hohbein||St. Cloud Technical & Community College||MH|
|Emily Knight||Ridgewater College||Setter|
|Bailey Marty||Minnesota State-Fergus Falls||Libero|
|%- Region Tournament MVP|
2019 Region XIIIB Volleyball All-Tournament Team
|Sydney Berg %||Central Lakes College||Hitter|
|Maggi Fellerman||Central Lakes College||Hitter|
|Hailey Tihlarik||Central Lakes College||D/S|
|Haley Hansen||Mesabi Range College||MB|
|Isabella Mattila||Mesabi Range College||RH|
|Brianna Sutherland||Itasca Community College||OH|
|Molly Hanson||Northland Community & Technical College||Setter|
|% - Region Tournament MVP|
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