NewsMVNU's Beheler Named NAIA National Player of the Week
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - Shena Beheler, a member of the Mount Vernon Nazarene University women’s volleyball team, has been selected as the NAIA National Player of the Week for her performance in matches played during the week of October 9-15. She becomes just the sixth player in the program’s illustrious history to receive this honor and the first since Rachel Widener in 1999.
Beheler, a 5-foot-10 junior middle hitter from Butler, Ohio, averaged 6.36 kills, 3.57 digs, and 1.71 blocks per game with a .351 attack percentage as the Lady Cougars went 2-2 for the week. The former Fredericktown High School star began the week with 28 kills, 14 digs, and five blocks in a loss at Tiffin University. She added 16 and 15 kills respectively in victories over Malone College and Shawnee State University in the Papa John’s Invitational, and she closed the week with a career-high 30 kills, 18 digs, seven blocks, and three aces in a loss to Campbellsville (Ky.) University, who is ranked 25th in the latest NAIA national poll, in the championship match of the tournament. She was also named to the All-Tournament Team for her efforts.
Beheler, who was also selected as the American Mideast Conference and NAIA Region IX Player of the Week for the second straight week and the third time this season overall, leads MVNU with 558 kills, 170 blocks, and 43 aces this year. She has also posted 332 digs.
For her career, Beheler has moved into fifth place on the school’s career kills list with 1,850. She also ranks third in career blocks with 665 and needs just 30 more digs to top the 1,000-dig mark for her career.
The Lady Cougars are currently 24-12 overall and 9-4 in the AMC South Division. MVNU will return to action on Tuesday when the team will travel to Cedarville University for a conference match that will start at 7:00 p.m.