(Wednesday, November 20; Sioux Center, Iowa) The Great Plains Athletic Conference has announced its postseason honors for the recently completed 2019 volleyball season. The Defenders had five players earn recognition in voting done by the conference’s head coaches.
Ally Krommendyk (Senior; Hamburg, Minnesota) earned first-team honors while Karsyn Winterfeld (Junior; Sioux Center, Iowa) was a second-team selection.
Hannah Connelly (Junior; McCook Lake, South Dakota), Megan Raszler (Freshman; Elkhorn, Nebraska) and Jessi De Jager (Sophomore; Hull, Iowa) all earned honorable mention honors.
Krommendyk ended the season with 2.49 kills per set and had a .329 kill efficiency. She led the Defenders with 1.09 blocks per set and had 24 solo blocks this season. Krommendyk was an honorable mention selection in the GPAC for the 2018 season.
“Ally had a very strong season as one of our starting middles. She was consistently one of our top attackers and also contributed in strong ways as a blocker. Ally was a front row force for other teams to scheme against and we are thrilled that she is receiving this first team honor,” said Dordt volleyball coach Chad Hanson.
Winterfeld led the team in kills with a 3.15 average and had a .177 kill efficiency while playing outside hitter. She led the team in service aces with 43 and averaged 2.35 digs per set while playing all six rotations for the Defenders.
“Karsyn’s first collegiate season as an outside hitter had many different highlights. She established a career high of 26 kills in one match and then beat that mark a few weeks later with 27 kills. As a six rotation player in our system, Karsyn produced in so many statistical areas throughout each rally. She regularly grew in her ball control throughout the season by seeking extra repetition opportunities in our training. She is a competitor and we are grateful that she is being recognized by the GPAC coaches with this honor,” said Hanson.
Connelly handled the libero position for the Defenders and averaged a team high 4.42 digs per set and had 11 service aces while playing in all 107 matches for the Defenders this season.
Raszler was Dordt’s setter and averaged 8.4 assists per set with 17 service aces and 1.64 digs per outing.
De Jager put down 2.47 kills per outing and had a .301 kill efficiency while also recording just under one block per set.
“Our team found continual moments of success throughout the season with the particular roles that each person played on our roster. For Hannah, Jessi, and Megan to be recognized as Honorable Mention is a testimony to their individual roles and how they contributed as libero, middle hitter and setter. They grew throughout the season and we are grateful for their recognition in the GPAC,” said Hanson.
The Defenders recently completed an 18-11 season where they posted a fourth place finish in the GPAC.