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Augie Volleyball earn honors for three players

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Augustana College
Augustana College

Burnsville, MN (KWSN-AM) Three Augustana volleyball players earned All-NSIC honors from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference on Wednesday afternoon. Holly Hafemeyer and Courtney Ysker were named to the first team and Marissa Johnson collected second-team honors.

Hafemeyer garners first-team All-NSIC honors for the third time in her career by leading Augustana in kills, attack percentage, blocks, and points while ranking in the top three of the NSIC in all four of those categories this season. The senior from Faribault, Minn. was named NSIC player of the week three times this year and was tabbed as the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week on Tuesday.

 As a middle blocker, Hafemeyer has totaled 405 kills (4.31 kills/set) this season while hitting at a .355 clip and became the 21st member of the 1,000-kill club in Augustana history -- she currently has 1,153 kills in her four years with Augustana. Hafemeyer has tallied 477.0 points this season with the help of 108 total blocks including 18 of the solo variety. On three occasions this season, Hafemeyer has equaled her career-high of 24 kills, including twice in one weekend. In Augustana's sweep of then-No. 20 Northern State, Hafemeyer tallied 26.5 points (24 kills, three block assists, one solo block) to set a new Augustana record for points in a three-set match.Ysker makes her first appearance on the All-NSIC first team after ranking high in several statistical categories. The junior from Windom, Minn. was second on the Vikings in kills, points, and digs and fourth in blocks, aces, and attack percentage.

Ysker ranked in the top five of both kills/set and points/set among all NSIC players this season.At outside hitter, Ysker recorded 377 kills (4.01 kills/set) with a .233 attack percentage. Ysker's 340 digs has propelled her to a team-high 18 double-doubles, reaching double figures in kills in 23 matches and tallying at least 10 digs 21 times this season. Ysker's total of 425.5 points ranks fourth in the NSIC with a 4.53 point per set average.Johnson, a native of Omaha, Neb., directed the offense from her setter position and earned All-NSIC second team honors in her junior season. Johnson earned NSIC setter of the week on Sept. 9 after leading the Vikings to the SpringHill Suites Invitational title.

Johnson has surpassed the career 2,000-assist mark this season and ranks highly in the NSIC and NCAA Division II.Johnson's assist per set mark of 12.60 currently ranks third in the NSIC and NCAA -- Johnson has totaled 1,184 assists this season. In the first four weeks of the season, Johnson led the NCAA in assists per set before being passed.Kate Lange of Minnesota Duluth repeats as the NSIC player of the year and is joined by her teammate Julie Rainey as libero of the year. Freshman of the year honors go to Alyssa Frauendorfer of Wayne State and Northern State head coach Brent Aldridge is awarded coach of the year.The Vikings close the regular season on a road trip to Minot State on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. and U-Mary on Nov. 16 at 6 p.m.

Courtesy Augustana Athletics

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