Volleyball: Four Raiders Earn All-OAC Honors

Volleyball: Four Raiders Earn All-OAC Honors

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio - Four Mount Union women's volleyball student-athletes have been selected to the All-Ohio Athletic Conference team.

Senior setter Riley Schenk (Lorain/Amherst Steele) was named to the first-team, freshman outside hitter Madelin DiBease (Perry/Perry) and senior right side hitter Brooke Knollman (Powell/Olentangy Liberty) were named to the second-team, while junior middle blocker Kyleigh Jackson (Galloway/Westland) received honorable mention honors.

Schenk, who was named as honorable mention last season, has started in all 30 matches and all 99 sets as she leads the team in assists with 917 on the season. Schenk recorded back-to-back triple doubles this season: against Hiram (9/19/17), Schenk recorded 11 kills, 32 assists and 10 digs and against Geneva (Pa.) (9/22/17) with 11 kills, 26 assists and 13 digs. Schenk is also second on the team in service aces with 33. In her last season as a Raider, she recorded several career highs with 49 assists (vs. Wooster), 11 kills (vs. Hiram and Geneva, Pa.) and five service aces (vs. Salisbury, Md.).

As a freshman, DiBease has been a leader in a number of ways for the Raiders this season as she leads the team in kills with 295. In her first season, DiBease played in all but one match and in 95 sets. With a season of firsts, she starts her Mount Unin career with the most kills on the team, a .225 hitting percentage, 33 assists, 12 service aces, 235 digs and 35 blocks. Notable season highs for DiBease include 24 kills against Wooster and 19 digs against DePauw (Ind.).

Knollman has earned second-team honors for the second time in her career (2015, 2017). She played in all 30 matches and in 93 sets as she is second on the team in kills with 256. This season, Knollman has been known to strike crucial kills against opponents to get the team out of lulls. In her last season as a Raider, Knollman averages 2.75 kills per set with a hitting percentage of.264. Some of her season highs include 15 kills, twice, against Capital in the regular season and Baldwin Wallace in the OAC Tournament, and five blocks, twice, against Capital and Ohio Wesleyan.

Jackson recevies her second All-OAC honorable mention (2015, 2017). As a junior, she played in 28 matches and 84 sets. Leading the team in blocks with 83, 0.99 per set, Jackson recorded season highs of 10 kills against Denison and 10 blocks against Ohio Northern in the OAC Tournament Semifinals. With a hitting percentage of .244, Jackson averaged 1.95 kills per set and as she sits third on the team with 164.

The Purple Raiders (25-5) finished third in the OAC with a conference record of 7-2.