Nikki Oberfoell, a 5-6 senior libero from Brighton, Colo., was named to the 2017 All-Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Volleyball First Team as selected by the league’s head coaches.
Oberfoell leads the Mustangs with 534 digs for an average of 4.90 digs per set and is second on the team with 19 ace serves. Her 534 digs is the eighth highest single-season total in Morningside history and her 4.90 digs per set is the fifth highest average in the Mustangs’ record book.
Oberfoell produced a double figure dig performance in 27 of the Mustangs’ 30 matches, including a season’s high 31 digs in a 3-2 triumph against city rival Briar Cliff University on Sept. 19.
In addition to Oberfoell, the Mustangs placed Jayde Bergmann and Emma Gerber on the All-GPAC Second Team.
Bergmann, a 5-10 senior outside hitter from Dakota Dunes, S.D., is the top hitter in the Mustangs’ attack with a team-high 275 kills for an average of 2.57 kills per set to go along with 14 ace serves and 166 digs for an average of 1.55 digs per set. Bergmann has 11 double figure kill performances, including the Mustangs’ top single-match kill total of the season with 19 terminations in a 3-1 victory against Dakota State University on Sept. 15.
Gerber, a 6-0 sophomore middle blocker from Worthington, Minn., has 239 kills for an average of 2.41 kills per set to go along with six ace serves and five solo blocks and 68 block assists for an average of 0.74 blocks per set. Gerber has 11 double figure kill performances, including a season’s high 16 kills in a 3-2 win against Doane University on Sept. 22.
Morningside’s Jenn Buyert and Brittni Olson were named to the All-GPAC honorable mention list.
Buyert, a 6-3 senior outside hitter from Sioux Center, Iowa, has 247 kills for an average of 2.55 kills per set. She leads the Mustangs with 12 double figure kill performances, including a season’s high 16 kills in a 3-0 loss against Dordt College on Oct. 17.
Olson, a 6-1 sophomore middle blocker from Sioux City, has 220 kills for an average of 2.02 kills per set and leads the Mustangs with a .317 hitting percentage. Olson also leads the Mustangs with 14 solo blocks and 91 block assists for an average of 0.96 blocks per set. Olson had a season’s high 14 kills in matches against Southern Oregon University, Missouri Valley College and Doane.
Morningside will take an 18-12 record into the upcoming NAIA Volleyball National Championship on Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 in Sioux City. The Mustangs finished fifth in the GPAC standings with a 10-6 league record.
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