Five members of the Mount Vernon Nazarene College women's volleyball team along with their coach were honored by the American Mideast Conference coaches when the annual conference awards were announced on Friday.
Rachel Widener, a senior outside hitter from Elyria, Ohio, was named to the AMC First Team for the second straight year. The former All-Ohioan from Open Door Christian Academy leads the Lady Cougars with 514 digs and a .351 attack percentage. Widener has also recorded 29 aces, 42 assists, 86 blocks, and 388 kills.
Joining Widener on the 12-member First Team is Darcee Hoberg, a sophomore outside hitter from Coshocton, Ohio. The former All-Ohioan from River View High School leads MVNC with 412 kills. Hoberg has also contributed 25 assists, 32 aces, 54 blocks, and 451 digs.
Amanda Schumm, a sophomore outside hitter from Rockford, Ohio, was named to the AMC Second Team for the second straight season. The former All-Ohioan at Parkway High School has posted 42 aces, 51 assists, 65 blocks, 239 digs, and 332 kills.
Joining Schumm on the AMC Second Team for the second year in a row is Jessica Huffaker, a senior middle hitter from Grove City, Ohio. The former star at Grove City High School has compiled 19 assists, 47 digs, 100 blocks, and 292 kills.
Katie Zipf, a freshman middle hitter from Westerville, Ohio, was named to the six-player AMC All-Freshmen Team. The former standout at Big Walnut High School has contributed 14 assists, 23 digs, 56 blocks, and 96 kills in her first collegiate season.
Head coach Paul Swanson was also honored by his peers as the 1999 AMC Coach of the Year after guiding the Lady Cougars to a 13-0 conference mark and the regular-season AMC title. MVNC is currently 39-4, and the team is the top seed in the AMC Tournament this weekend at Walsh University.