NIACC returns wealth of experience

Defensive specialist Kayla Lentz returns for her sophomore season.
Defensive specialist Kayla Lentz returns for her sophomore season.

MASON CITY - The NIACC volleyball team returns eight sophomores for the upcoming 2019 season.

Returning for the Lady Trojans, who open the season Aug. 23-24 at the McHenry County Invitational in Rockford, Ill., are Tessa Sienknecht, Kennedy Meister, Sarah Goodrich, Kayla Lentz, Shelby Heston, Taylor Gerdes, Sarah Kimberly and Braylee Wood.

Another sophomore (Alexa Loftus) joined the team this season after playing on the NIACC women's basketball team in the 2018-19 season.

NIACC was 23-15 overall in 2018 and advanced to the NJCAA Region XI-B title match. The Lady Trojans topped Hawkeye CC 3-2 in the opening round of the regional tournament and fell to Northeast CC 3-0 in the championship match.

Meister, who was a second-team all-region selection, recorded 408 kills (4th on school's all-time single season list) and 573 digs (4th on school's all-time single season list) during her freshman season. Meister also accumulated 66 blocks, 51 ace serves and 34 assists in 2018.

Heston, who missed most of the 2018 season with a knee injury, returns for her third season on the NIACC campus after receiving a medical hardship from the NJCAA. Heston accumulated 223 kills and 259 digs as a freshman in 2017.

Heston, who played in 13 matches in 2018, accumulated 98 kills, 56 digs, 32 blocks and 17 ace serves before her knee injury last season.

Kimberly led the Lady Trojans with 105 digs in 2018. She also recorded 156 kills and 90 digs.

NIACC NOTES: The Lady Trojans open their home season on Sept. 4 in an ICCAC match against DMACC ... Chris Brandt returns for her 10th season as coach of the Lady Trojans ... NIACC's sophomore night is slated for Oct. 23 against Iowa Lakes ... The team's annual Think Pink match is set for Oct. 24 against the Wartburg College Junior Varsity.

2018 TEAM SEASON HIGHS
Kills - 68 vs. Hawkeye CC (10-27-18)
Assists - 62 vs. Hawkeye CC (10-27-18)
Digs - 120 vs. East Central College (8-31-18)
Ace serves - 13 vs. DCTC (9-16-18)
Blocks - 26 vs. Grand View JV (9-24-18)
 
2018 INDIVIDUAL SEASON HIGHS
Kills - Hannah Wagner 32 vs. Hawkeye CC (10-27-18)
Assists - Sydney Roush 30 vs. DCTC (9-16-18)
Digs - Connor Gauch 34 vs. Bismarck State College (9-7-18)
Ace serves - Kennedy Meister 5, twice.
Blocks - Sarah Kimberly 8 vs. Grand View JV (9-24-18)
 
THE LAST TIME A NIACC PLAYER ...
Had at least 20 kills in a match: Hannah Wagner 32 vs. Hawkeye CC (10-27-18)
Had at least 15 kills in a match: Kennedy Meister 19 vs. Hawkeye CC (10-27-18)
Had at least 40 assists in a match: Sydney Roush 51 vs. Iowa Lakes (10-25-17)
Has at least 25 assists in a match: Ashley Groe 29 vs. Hawkeye CC (10-27-18)
Had at least 25 digs in a match: Connor Gauch 33 vs. Hawkeye CC (10-27-18); Hannah Wagner 27 vs. Hawkeye CC (10-27-18); Kennedy Meister 25 vs. Hawkeye CC (10-27-18)
Had at least 20 digs in a match: Connor Gauch 20 vs. Wartburg College JV (10-22-18)
Had at least 5 ace serves in a match: Kennedy Meister 5 vs. Grand View JV (9-24-18)
Had at least 5 blocks in a match: Sarah Kimberly 7 vs. Hawkeye CC (10-27-18)
 
NIACC'S 2018 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Assists - Sydney Roush 722, Ashley Groe 538.
Digs - Connor Gauch 651, Meister 573, Wagner 525.
Ace serves - Meister 51, Wagner 47, Groe 46.
Blocks - Sarah Kimberly 105, Wagner 68, Meister 66.

 

 

 

 

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