Volleyball: Four Garner All-OAC Accolades, Snyder and Gromes Grab OAC Player of the Year Awards
AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Four members of the Mount Union volleyball team garnered All-Ohio Athletic Conference accolades, the conference announced last night after the OAC Tournament Championship.
Senior Dee Glass (Medina/Medina), senior Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless), sophomore Nicole Snyder (Mentor/Lake Catholic) and junior Taylor Webb (Geneva/Geneva) were each named to All-OAC teams, while Snyder was named the OAC's Player of the Year and Gromes grabbed OAC Libero of the Year honors.
Snyder received the Player of the Year award and was named first team All-OAC after leading the Purple Raiders with 323 kills in 2012. Her 2.88 kills per set ranked third in the OAC and her 379 digs placed her in 10th on the OAC charts. In addition, Snyder's .216 hitting percentage ranks 15th in the conference. This is Snyder's second appearance on an All-OAC team; she was named second team All-Conference during her freshman season a year ago.
Gromes was named the OAC Libero of the Year and joined Snyder on the All-OAC first team. It is the first time since 2009 (Sarah Parker, Melissa Mahnke) that the Raiders landed two on the first team All-OAC squad. Gromes led Mount Union with 593 digs, which ranks fourth in the OAC. Additionally, her 5.29 digs per set was good enough for seventh in the conference. On Oct. 26, Gromes registered a season-high 30 digs against Heidelberg to help clinch the OAC regular season title for Mount Union. This is her first appearance on an All-OAC team.
Webb was named second team All-OAC for the second straight year after finishing second on the team with 306 kills (fifth in the OAC). She also ranks seventh in the conference with 2.73 kills per set. Webb also posted a .285 hitting percentage, good enough for fifth in the OAC.
Glass was named Honorable Mention All-OAC after a stellar senior season that saw her lead the conference with 112 total blocks. In addition, her 1.02 blocks per set placed her second in the conference. Her 140 kills also ranked fifth on the Mount Union charts.
Mount Union won its first OAC regular season championship in school history on Oct. 26. The Raiders then qualified for the NCAA Tournament by advancing to the OAC Tournament finals, beating Muskingum in the quarterfinals and Heidelberg in the semifinals. Otterbein beat Mount Union last night in the OAC Tournament Championship to deny the Raiders' quest for back-to-back tournament crowns.
The Raiders find out their NCAA Tournament fate tomorrow morning (Nov. 5) at 11 a.m. The NCAA will broadcast the Selection Show on NCAA.com. Fans can tune in by clicking here.