Lady ‘Cats left off All- MEC Volleyball team

BRIDGEPORT — Wheeling Jesuit's Haley Kramer, Audrey Francis and Christy Benner, along with West Virginia State's Gabrielle Bullock, have earned top honors from the Mountain East Conference as the league announced its annual awards and all-conference teams.

Kramer, a junior from Norwalk, Ohio, earned Player of the Year honors after hitting .395 this year in the middle for Wheeling Jesuit. Her hitting percentage leads the league and is ranked 11th in the country.

She also ranks sixth in the league in kills per set with 3.52, and her 1.26 blocks per set is second in the conference and 21st in the country. Kramer has a 3.46 grade-point average majoring in exercise science.

Francis, a sophomore from Sidney, Ohio, is the MEC Libero of the Year for a second-straight season. She leads the league in both total digs (734) and digs per set (6.33), and ranks second and ninth in the country in those categories, respectively.

Francis is second in the country in total digs with 734 and is ninth in the country in digs per set (6.33). She had 23 matches of 20 digs or more, and six with 30 or more. She had just 13 errors in 494 serve receptions (.974 serve reception percentage) for the Cardinals.

Bullock, an outside hitter from Pickerington Ohio, is the Freshman of the Year after helping lead a resurgent 

West Virginia State program to the 25 wins and a berth in the MEC Tournament. She leads all conference freshmen in kills per set (3.65) and hitting percentage (.295) and second in total kills (325). She also contributed 215 digs (2.42 per set) this season for the Yellow Jackets.

Benner is the MEC Coach of the Year after leading WJU to a 31-3 overall record. The Cardinals again went unbeaten in league play for the sixth-straight year. Wheeling Jesuit has been nationally ranked every week this season rising as high as No. 13 this week. Wheeling Jesuit is the host and top seed for this week's MEC Tournament, and is currently ranked first in the most recent NCAA Atlantic Region rankings.

In addition to the individual awards, the MEC also released its all-conference teams. Wheeling Jesuit had four first team selections. Charleston, Notre Dame, Shepherd, Urbana and West Liberty each had one first team selection.

West Virginia Wesleyan did not have an all-conference selection this season.

The All-MEC teams are selected by a vote of the league's coaches.

All-MEC First Team

Madison Davis (MB) – Urbana

Audrey Francis (L) – Wheeling Jesuit

Carly Granger (OH) – Charleston

Haley Kramer (MB) – Wheeling Jesuit

Stephanie Leonard (OH/MB) – West Liberty

Peyton Lindblad (RS) – Shepherd

Mary Kate McHugh (OH) – Notre Dame

Cassie Meyer (OH) – Wheeling Jesuit

Stephanie Sylvester (S) – Wheeling Jesuit

All-MEC Second Team

Gabrielle Bullock (OH) – West Virginia State

Kailee Cunningham (L/OH) – West Liberty

Cambriea Hill (OH) – Shepherd

Alexandrea Kaeberlein (L) – Notre Dame

Imani Major (L) – Shepherd

Courtney Niesen (L) – Urbana

Tabi Pontious (S) – West Virginia State

Allonda Watkins (MB) – Wheeling Jesuit

All-MEC Honorable Mention Team

Madison Clayton (MB) – West Liberty

Megan Clerico (L) – Fairmont State

Anna Davis (S) – Urbana

Hannah Delor (OH) – Urbana

Jenna Dufresne (OH) – West Virginia State

Kelsey Green (OH) UVa.-Wise

Ai Miyazaki (L) – Glenville State

Nicole Murry (M) – Shepherd

MEC All-Freshman Team

Gabrielle Bullock (OH) – West Virginia State

Hannah Delor (OH) – Urbana

Jenna Dufrense (OH) – West Virginia State

Abbi Gillson (MB) – West Liberty

Kelsey Green (OH) – Uva.-Wise

Georgia Ohmke (MB) – Shepherd

Allonda Watkins (MB) – Wheeling Jesuit

Player of the Year – Haley Kramer (Wheeling Jesuit)

Libero of the Year – Audrey Francis (Wheeling Jesuit)

Freshman of the Year – Gabrielle Bullock (West Virginia State)

Coach of the Year – Christy Benner (Wheeling Jesuit)

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