Mount Vernon Nazarene College middle hitter Tara Seiter was recently selected to the 1997 NAIA Great Lakes Region First Team at the regional coaches' meeting held in conjunction with the regional tournament. This is the second consecutive year that Seiter has been a member of the 12-player First Team.
Seiter, a 5-foot-10 junior from Waldo, Ohio, led the Lady Cougars to a 42-12 overall record in 1997 and a 14-2 conference mark. MVNC advanced to the semifinals of the Great Lakes Region Tournament for only the second time in school history before the team's season came to an end with a loss to eventual champion Taylor (IN) University.
For the season, Seiter set new school records with 760 kills and 265 total blocks. She also recorded a team-leading .353 attack percentage and added 53 aces, 63 assists, and 634 digs. Her kills per game average of 4.32 was second only to the school-record 4.37 set by Wendy Rader in 1994.
Seiter also became the Lady Cougars' career leader in kills (1948) and total blocks (701), and still has another season to add to those records.
During the season, Seiter was the Mid-Ohio Conference Player of the Week four times, the Great Lakes Region Player of the Week twice, and the NAIA National Player of the Week once. She also repeated as the MOC Player of the Year.