Natasha Evans was named ASC Freshman of the Year. (Photo: DAVID MORRIS / Centexphoto)
Natasha Evans was named ASC Freshman of the Year. (Photo: DAVID MORRIS / Centexphoto)

BELTON – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor volleyball team placed five players on the American Southwest Conference All-Conference Teams released today. Natasha Evans was voted ASC Freshman of the Year while Head Coach Rob Frost and assistant Sarah Osterbye were named Coaching Staff of the Year. UMHB had two athletes named to the first team, three named to the second team and one third-team honoree.

Frost is in his fourth season with the Cru and earned Coaching Staff of the Year along with assistant Sarah Osterbye after guiding the Cru to its first conference title since 1998. UMHB earned the program’s first national ranking this season, rising as high as 20th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 Poll. Frost and Osterbye coached a team that led the ASC in hitting percentage (.221), assists per set (12.86), kills per set (13.6), blocks (238), blocks per set (2.29) and digs per set (19.83).

Natasha Evans, a native of Edna, Texas (Edna H.S.), was named ASC Freshman of the Year. Evans is third on the team in assists (213) and blocks (49). As a setter and outside hitter for the Cru, Evans recorded two triple-doubles and four double-doubles this season. Evans has added 176 kills for a 1.87 kills per set average and 182 digs in her first season with UMHB. She was also named to the ASC Second Team.

Abby Voskuil and Kendra Feldmann were both named First Team All-ASC. Voskuil, a sophomore outside hitter from Georgetown, Texas (Georgetown H.S.), ranked sixth in the ASC with 300 kills so far this season. She leads the Cru with 2.86 kills per set, 997 attacks and is second on the team with 29 aces. Feldmann, a junior libero from Arvada, Colo. (Ralston Valley H.S.), has a conference-high 554 kills this season for a 5.18 digs per set average.

Joining Evans on the All-ASC Second Team are Shelby Prather and Lauren Powell. Prather, a junior setter from Leander (Leander H.S.), ranks sixth in the ASC in aces (32) and fourth in assists (6.94). She also leads UMHB with 694 assists and has added 268 digs on the season. Powell, a junior from The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands H.S.), ranks second on the team in attacks (827), kills (240), digs (343) and digs per set (3.43).

Cheyenne Dowdey was an All-ASC Third Team selection. Dowdey leads the ASC in blocks with 50 solo blocks and 107 block assists. Her 2.41 blocks per set ranks second in the nation. Dowdey has added 228 kills for a 2.15 kills per set average with a .280 hitting percentage on the season.

This is the third all-conference selection for Prather and second for Feldmann, Powell and Dowdey. Evans and Voskuil are earning their first all-conference honor.

The Cru is currently 25-5 on the season with a 14-2 mark in conference play. UMHB earned the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Volleyball Championships. The NCAA Volleyball Selection Show will be aired Monday, Nov. 10th at 10 a.m. on