MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa - The Midwest Collegiate Conference announced its 2011 volleyball all-conference teams Tuesday afternoon and three Ashford University Saints have landed on the two squads.
Plano, Texas-native McKenzie Thompson earned First Team All-MCC recognition while senior outside hitter Kendra King and junior setter Liz Gbur were Honorable Mention All-MCC selections.
"It is a great honor for these three student-athletes to represent our team and more importantly our university in a positive manner," said Head Coach Micah Cewe. "Kendra, Liz and McKenzie had a great year on the court and continue to help our team out in all facets of the program."
Thompson, a sophomore outside hitter, led Ashford with 457 kills this season and ranked sixth in the MCC by averaging 3.20 kills per set. She also dug up 246 opponent shots while putting down 22 service aces. In addition, Thompson was named MCC Volleyball Player of the Week on Oct. 10 after leading Ashford to a 4-1 record over five matches and notching 71 kills in the process.
King, a Morrison, Ill.-native, closed the book on an impressive four-year career which saw her tally 708 kills over 156 matches. Her powerful serve scored 252 aces, which includes leading the nation in that category last season with 96, and blocked 189 shot attempts. King finished second on the squad this season with 319 kills and was named MCC Hitter of the Week on Nov. 7.
Gbur racked up 1262 assists this season, which was the 22nd-best total in NAIA volleyball this year, and pushed her three-year career total to 2841 headed into her senior season. She finished 2011 as the second most prolific offensive assist threat in the league by handing out 9.01 assists per game while becoming the only conference setter to eclipse the 1,000 assists mark. Gbur was also a three-time MCC Setter of the Week award winner throughout her junior campaign.
Twenty-eight athletes were recognized as part of the all-conference teams as voted by the coaches, including 14 to the First Team and 14 to the Honorable Mention Team.
The Saints closed out the season with a 22-19 record overall and a 6-3 mark in MCC matches. Ashford bowed out in the MCC Tournament Semifinals to eventual champion, Grand View.