Three Mount Vernon Nazarene College athletes were recently named to various NAIA All-American Teams when the volleyball and soccer postseason awards were announced.
Tara Seiter, a 5-foot-10 junior middle hitter from Waldo, Ohio, became only the second Lady Cougar volleyball player to be named an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American. (Jodi Webb received the same honor following the 1995 season.)
Seiter had one of the best individual years in MVNC volleyball history in 1997 as she set school records for kills (760) and total blocks (265). She also compiled 53 aces, 63 assists, and 634 digs. During the season, she became the Lady Cougars' career leader in both kills and total blocks.
Seiter was named the Mid-Ohio Conference Player of the Year for the second straight season, and was also selected to the NAIA Great Lakes Region First Team for the second year in a row. She was the MOC Player of the Week four times, the Great Lakes Region Player of the Week twice, and the NAIA National Player of the Week once during the season.
Two other MVNC athletes were named to their respective sports NAIA Academic All-American Teams. Junior Mandy Metzger was selected in volleyball, while junior Josh Bush made the soccer list.
Metzger, a 5-foot-4 setter from Hudson, Ohio, is an Accounting major with a 3.81 grade point average. On the court, she led the team with 979 assists in 1997. She also recorded 24 aces and 330 digs.
Bush, a 6-foot-3 goalkeeper from Mount Vernon, Ohio, is Business Administration major with a 3.56 grade point average. He set a new school record with six shutouts in 1997 as he helped the team to a school-best 14-6-1 overall mark.