No. 23 Volleyball lands seven All-OAC honorees

No. 23 Volleyball lands seven All-OAC honorees

By Caleb Scott

| All-OAC Release |

ADA — The No. 23-ranked Ohio Northern volleyball team saw seven earn All-Ohio Athletic Conference accolades for the 2016 season.

Seniors Ashley Borchers (Russia/Russia) and Claire Heitkamp (Maria Stein/Marion Local), juniors Haley Potters (Wheelersburg/South Webster) and Megan Nieszala (Lambertville, Mich./St. Marys Catholic Central), freshmen Chelsea Huppert (Bremen, Ind./Bremen) and McKenna Jordan (Toledo/St. Ursula) and head coach Kate Witte all earned honors.

Borchers and Potters were named  to the First Team, Heitkamp and Nieszala were named to the Second Team and Huppert and Jordan recerived Honorable Mention kudos.

Borchers led the list as she was named Co-Player of the Year and Jordan was named the OAC Freshman of the Year.

Borchers earned her second consecutive First Team honor and her third All-OAC accolade as a Polar Bear.

She led the conference with a .408 hitting percentage, ranked third in the OAC in assists (993) and assists per set (10.45).

Potters was also named First Team All-OAC as a middle hitter and earned her first All-OAC honor as a Polar Bear.

Potters led the team with 266 kills, ranked fifth in the OAC with a .324 hitting percentage, and was fourth in the conference with 367.5 points.

Defensively, Potters led the team and ranked first in the OAC with 27 blocks solo, and ranked first on the team and second in the conference with 100 total blocks.

Heitkamp and Nieszala each earned Second Team All-OAC honors.

Heitkamp earned the honor as an outside hitter and earned her second All-OAC honor.

The senior ranked fourth on the team with 204 kills, and 43 totals blocks. 

Nieszala was named Second Team All-OAC as a libero and earned her second All-Conference honor at ONU.

For the second consecutive season, Nieszala led the team in digs (453). 

The junior also ranked second on the team with 104 assists.

Huppert earned her first All-OAC accolade after being named Honorable Mention as a middle hitter. 

Huppert ranked second on the team with 244 kills, a .360 hitting percentage and 83 total blocks.

The freshman also owned the second best hitting percentage in the OAC (.360), and ranked second in the conference with 22 blocks solo.

Jordan also earned her first All-OAC honor after being named Honorable Mention All-OAC as an outside hitter. 

Jordan was also named Freshman of the Year in the conference. 

The freshman ranked third on the team with 226 kills, 311 digs, and was fourth on the team with 250 points.

Head coach Kate Witte was named the Ohio Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after guiding the Polar Bears to a perfect 9-0 record in conference play.

Witte earned her seventh Coach of the Year honor and her first since the 2008 season.

Northern is coming off of an OAC Tournament Championship victory and will find out today who and where they will play in the NCAA III Tournament.