UMHB volleyball places six on All-Conference Teams

Photo Credit:  Jacob Stamps / The Bells Facebook
Photo Credit: Jacob Stamps / The Bells Facebook

BELTON – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor volleyball team placed six players on the American Southwest Conference All-Conference Teams released today. The Cru had one player voted First Team All-ASC, four players voted to the All-ASC Second Team and one player earning Third Team All-ASC.

Lauren Powell was the Cru’s lone First Team All-ASC selection as an outside hitter. Powell, a sophomore from The Woodlands High School led the Cru with 321 kills, averaging 2.7 kills per set. She added 386 digs, 25 service aces and 53 blocks. She also recorded a match-high 22 kills over Southwestern on Aug. 30.

Cheyenne Dowdey, Kendra Feldmann, Katrina Kastmo and Kendall Pye were all Second Team All-ASC Selections. Dowdey, a sophomore middle hitter from Hallettsville High School led the ASC with 165 blocks, breaking a 13-year-old school record for blocks in a season (Christi Baetz, 2000). She also broke a 10-year-old school record for block assists in a season, recording 115 (Callie Grochoske, 2003). Dowdey added 215 kills and 33 digs on the season. Feldmann, a sophomore libero from Ralston Valley High School (Arvada, Colo.) led the ASC with 5.19 digs per set for a season total 623 digs. She also posted 23 service aces.

Kastmo, a freshman from All Saints Episcopal (Tyler, Texas) recorded 172 kills in her first season with the Cru. She added 21 assists and 74 blocks as a middle and outside hitter. Pye, a sophomore from A&M Consolidated High School posted 200 kills for a 1.67 per set average. She added 467 assists, 22 service aces and 62 digs as a setter and outside hitter.

Shelby Prather was named to the All-ASC Third Team. A sophomore from Leander High School, Prather led the team with 753 assists 40 services aces. She added 300 digs and 19 kills. She ranked sixth in the ASC in assists with a 6.26 per set average.

Prather, Powell and Pye are two-time All-Conference selections while Dowdey, Feldmann and Kastmo earned their first All-ASC honor.

The Cru finished the regular season at 28-5, going 15-3 in ASC action. UMHB broke school records for wins in a season (22, 2012) and recorded 17 sweeps, breaking a school record for sweeps in a season (16, 2012). The Cru returns to action Nov. 7th in the American Southwest Conference Tournament. UMHB earned the No. 2 seed and will face the winner of Concordia and East Texas Baptist Thursday evening at 5 p.m. on the campus of the University of Texas at Dallas.

Source: CruAthletics.com

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