Seven players on the University of Findlay volleyball team landed all-league selections as the Great Midwest Athletic Conference released its postseason awards Thursday.
Hailee Olson and Shelby Kin were both first-team picks.
Olson, a senior setter, orchestrated UF’s offense for the fourth straight season with 1,152 assists and 11.64 per set — both second in the conference. She also tallied 54 kills, 39 aces, 175 digs and 23 blocks.
Olson ranks second in school history with 5,303 career assists.
Meanwhile Kin, a junior and Carey grad, is second in the GMAC in hitting percentage (.353). Her 295 kills rank third on UF and she’s first with 73 blocks.
Seniors Amanda Winner and Kara Scherger (New Riegel) landed on the second team.
Winner tallied a team-high 323 kills and chipped in 210 digs and 32 blocks. She ranks fourth all-time at UF with 1,617 kills.
Scherger became the school’s all-time dig leader earlier in the season and finished with 443 this season. She’s up to 1,834 for her career — almost 400 more than the previous record holder.
Izzy Murphy (307 kills), Madison Moore (168 kills, 68 blocks) and Molly Hammersmith (126 kills) each were honorable mentions for the Oilers.
Findlay (23-6) will face Walsh (19-13) in the GMAC tournament semifinals 7:30 p.m. today in Hillsdale, Michigan.
A pair of area athletes in Cedarville’s Lauren Willow and Tiffin’s Jenna Huffman were also first-team picks.
Willow, a sophomore and Arlington grad, ranked second on the team with 278 kills with a .313 hitting percentage and 83 blocks — both team-bests.
Huffman, a senior and McComb grad, led the Dragons with 420 kills and 88 blocks.
UF swimmers awarded
University of Findlay sophomore diver Dalton Shevlin and junior swimmer Hanna Cederholm netted the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week awards for swimming and diving after last week’s UF wins against Ashland and Ohio Wesleyan.
Shevlin, a first team all-conference performer a year ago, began his week with a pair of wins against Ohio Wesleyan. He took first place on the 1-meter board with a season-best score of 317.78. He later won on the 3-meter board with a season-best 295.05 points. He came back with a pair of wins against Ashland, taking first in the 1-meter (238.62) and the 3-meter (235.57).
Cederholm, last season’s GMAC Women’s Swimmer of the Year, earned individual wins in the 200-yard medley against Ashland with a 2:09.55 and a win in the 100 free against OWU with a 54.07.
University of Findlay senior soccer player Megan Kupetz was named to the 2018 academic all-district team by the College Sports Information Directors of America for her performance on the field and in the classroom.
Kupetz earned a spot on the District 4 squad by producing a 3.97 grade point average. She is majoring in early childhood education.
On the field, Kupetz led the Oilers with seven goals. She recorded two game-winning goals and also had an assist on the year en route to being named second team all-Great Midwest Athletic Conference.
ONU players honored
ADA — The Ohio Northern University men’s soccer program landed four student-athletes on the 2018 All-Ohio Athletic Conference teams voted upon by the league’s 10 head coaches.
Sophomore forward/defender Beelal Hasan was a first team forward, freshman midfielder Levi King and freshman defender Jacob Westerkamp were both named second-team All-OAC. King was also awarded OAC Freshman of the Year honors.
Sophomore midfielder Jimmy Walkinshaw made the all-OAC honorable mention list.
Ohio Northern finished the 2018 season sporting a 13-7-2 overall record and a 4-5 mark in the Ohio Athletic Conference to end up fifth in the league standings. The Polar Bears wrapped up the season with a trip to the OAC tournament finals where they fell in penalty kicks to champion John Carroll.
BU players named
BLUFFTON — For the 11th straight season Bluffton University’s volleyball team had at least two Beavers named first team all-Heartland Conference as the conference announced its all-league awards.
Seniors Bethany Martini and Erin Weisgarber were first-team selections. Ottawa-Glandorf grad Brooke Kleman made the honorable mention list and was named to the HCAC all-freshman team.
In conjunction with the all-HCAC selections, the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference also announced the Christopher M. Ragsdale Sportsmanship awards for the fall of 2018. Jessica Lovell (Grove City) was selected to the All-Sportsmanship team from Bluffton.
The award has been developed as part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative. Members of the all-HCAC Sportsmanship team are selected by the coaches and their teammates as individuals who demonstrate the ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field.
Bluffton duo all-HCAC
BLUFFTON — Two members of Bluffton University’s men’s soccer have been named honorable mention all-Heartland Conference following the 2018 season.
Sophomore Timothy Murphy and freshman Dalton Taynor made the all-HCAC honorable mention list for the Beavers.
Sophomore Eric Bender was selected to the HCAC all-sportsmanship team from Bluffton.
UF picked to win
The University of Findlay wrestling team was picked to win the Great Midwest Athletic Conference in a vote of the GMAC’s coaches.
The Roughnecks accumulated a league-high 18 points in the poll and received a league-best three first-place votes.
Tiffin and Lake Erie were at 17 and 16 points respectively with one first-place vote each. Ohio Valley (10), Alderson Broaddus (8) and Kentucky Wesleyan (6) followed in the balloting.