SYLVANIA - Lourdes University's Katie McKenty (Toledo, Ohio/Notre Dame H.S.) and Michi Jimenez (Vega Baja, P.R./Juan Quirindongo Morrell H.S.) each were named Honorable Mention All Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference as well as to the WHAC's All-Freshmen Team while four other Gray Wolves earned conference accolades as well as the league handed out its annual postseason honors on Friday.
Amelia Horton (Milan, Mich./Milan H.S.) was named to the WHAC Champions of Character Team while Andrea Brown (Northwood, Ohio/Northwood H.S.), Ali Mass (Walbridge, Ohio/Tiffin Calvert H.S.), and Shelby Schuster (Sylvania, Ohio/Southview H.S.) were named to the WHAC All-Academic Team.
McKenty, a freshman outside hitter, has led Lourdes with 370 kills on the season, entering the weekend's matches just two shy of the school's single season record. She also has tallied 233 digs, second most on the team. Jimenez, a freshman libero, moved from setter midway through the season. She has tallied 440 digs on the year, third most in a single season in Lourdes history, as well as 431 assists.
"Katie and Michi have both had solid freshmen seasons for us," head coach Greg Reitz stated. "With their potential we're excited to have them back for three more years."
Horton, a sophomore middle blocker, was named to the Champions of Character Team for displaying the five core values of NAIA: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership. She hit a team-leading .203 this season with 47 blocks, second most on the team.
"Amelia battled injuries all season long and still played in every match but one this year," Reitz added. "She constantly put her team ahead of herself."
Brown, a junior middle blocker, set a single season record with 90 blocks this year for Lourdes. A social work major, she sports a 3.40 cumulative grade point average. Mass, a junior outside hitter, tallied 130 kills and 112 digs on the year for the Gray Wolves. She is a nursing major carrying a 3.66 GPA. Schuster, a senior outside hitter, has recorded 185 kills while hitting .168 during her final campaign at Lourdes. Also a nursing major, she has recorded a 3.49 GPA during her stay at the school.
"Having three players named to the All-Academic Team shows their commitment not only to volleyball, but also to academics," Reitz concluded. "All three are true student-athletes who have had success both on and off of the court."