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IPFW volleyball racks up top individual awards from Summit league

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 4:50 pm

The IPFW women's volleyball team swept all three major individual player conference awards.

The Summit League revealed Thursday night at its annual All-League awards banquet that libero Tessa McGill was named the conference's defensive player of the year and Megan Steenhuysen earned the conference's setter of the year award. In addition, Mastodon outside attacker Emily Spencer was selected for the conference's top honor as Player of the Year.

McGill ended the regular season fourth in the nation with a 6.20 digs per game average. The senior also at 688 digs moved into second place in IPFW school history for the most digs in a single-season.

Steenhuysen earned her second Summit League Setter of the Year award during her four-year college career after leading the conference and being fifth in the nation with a 12.16 assists per game average. In addition, the senior was the only setter during the regular season to win the Summit League Offensive Player of the Week award.

Along with the two seniors winning awards, Spencer became the first IPFW player to be selected as the Summit League Player of the Year. Spencer led the conference having both double-digit kills and digs in 18 matches this season and was in the nation's top 40 with a 4.25 kills per game average.

McGill, Spencer and Steenhuysen besides their top individual honors were named to the Summit League All-League Team.

IPFW ended the regular season in second place, one-match behind first place IUPUI, and earned a berth into the four-team conference tournament.

IUPUI and IPFW led all teams each having three players make the All-League Team.

In addition to the All-Legue Team, senior middle attacker Jessie Manwaring was named to the Honorable Mention All-League Team while outside attacker Hailie Ripley made the Summit League All-Freshman Team.

Manwaring had a team-high 25 solo blocks and was second on IPFW with a 2.57 kills per game average. Ripley as a redshirt freshman led the Mastodons with 111 blocks and contributed on offense with a 2.20 kills per game average.

Ripley was the only IPFW player to make the seven-person All-Freshman Team. IUPUI outside attacker Kaitlyn Hickey was an All-Freshman Team selection and won the Freshman Player of the Year to become the lone non-IPFW player to earn a top individual award from the conference this season.