Post-Season Honors for Volleyball Athletes

The women’s volleyball team had another successful season and a number of the team members were honored with post-season recognition. The Trolls finished the year as co-champions of the regular conference season and advanced to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round. Overall, the Trolls were 27-13 overall and 16-1 in the CCAC.

Junior right-side hitter Kacie Stoll (Lombard, Illinois) was a team leader and claimed top conference honor as the CCAC Player of the Year.  She earned First-Team All-Conference recognition as she led the team and the CCAC with 3.66 kills per set and also recorded 0.97 blocks per set to finish fourth in the conference in that category. In her all-around game she had 29 aces, a .921 serving percentage, a .912 reception percentage, and 2.79 digs per set.  

In addition to her conference honors Stoll was also named to the NCCAA North Central All-Region Team and to the NAIA/AVCA Mideast All-Region Team. She is also a CCAC Scholar-Athlete.

Senior Danielle Oeverman (Byron Center, Michigan), a middle hitter, was also selected as First-Team All-Conference, NCCAA All-Region, and NAIA/AVCA All-Region.  For the season she averaged 2.66 kills per set, behind a .331 attacking percentage. She ranked second in the conference in attacking percentage and was in the top ten in kill average and in the top five in block average at 0.92 blocks per set.

Oeverman received the NCCAA Susan R. Hellings Award which is given to an athlete who displays excellent play, outstanding leadership, and a Christian testimony on and off the court. (See related article). She is also a NAIA, NCCAA, and CCAC Scholar-Athlete.

Sophomore setter Dani Van Laten (Westmont, Illinois) joined the group of First-Team All-Conference and NCCAA All-Region selections. She also was named NAIA/AVCA All-Region Honorable Mention. Her play throughout the year earned her CCAC Setter of the Week honors four times and NCCAA Student-Athlete of the Week honors once. For the season she averaged 10.1 assists per set and ranked second in the conference in that category and in the top 15 in the NAIA in total assists with 1387. She also led the team with 61 ace serves and was third with 2.82 digs per set.  Van Laten is also a CCAC Scholar-Athlete.

 


Also receiving CCAC recognition was junior middle hitter Christa Veenstra (Tracy, Iowa), who was named Second-Team All-Conference. She led the team and the conference with a 1.06 block average. She also recorded 1.56 kills per set with a .254 attacking percentage. Veenstra is on the CCAC Scholar-Athlete list.

In addition four more athletes earned scholar-athlete recognition.  Junior Melanie Belstra (Tinley Park, Illinois) is a NAIA, NCCAA, and CCAC Scholar-Athlete while junior Maggie Tolsma (Rockford, Michigan), sophomore Courtney Sullivan (Riverside, California), and sophomore Juliana Dykstra (Holland, Michigan) make the CCAC list.

The Trolls’ coaching staff was recognized for their work and team achievement. Head coach Bill Schepel was the CCAC Coach of the Year and the NCCAA North Central Region Coach of the Year. Assistant coach Gerard Weik earned CCAC Assistant Coach of the Year honors as well as was the NAIA/AVCA Mideast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.