Sophomore Carly Nichols was the team’s champion of character representative. Nichols was chosen because she best represented the five core character values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership. This was Carly’s first time receiving this award.
Five different Panthers were named to the WHAC all academic team, Ashley VanderHorst, Morgan Torres, Krissy Dill, Maddy Cassleman and Nichols. The requirements for being on the all academic team is the player has to be a junior or above academically with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher. This was Cassleman’s second team being named to the all academic team, for VanderHorst, Torres, Dill and Nichols it was their first.
Two Panthers were named to the all conference second team, VanderHorst and Kasey Stehouwer. VanderHorst had a stellar year in the RS and MB positions. She is tied for first on the team in hitting percentage (.267), first in total blocks (81), second in total kills (274) and second in points scored (322.5). She recorded her 500th kill during the match against Lourdes on November second. Stehouwer has played in all 106 sets this year and has been very consistent throughout the season. She is tied for first on the team playing in all of the sets this season (106), third in assists (55), second in service aces (24) and leads the team in digs (491) and digs per set (4.63). She has 815 digs for her career and 55 service aces. This is the first time Stehouwer have received all conference honors, VanderHorst was named to the all freshmen team last season.
Dill was the sole representative on the all conference first team, she is a junior OH from Wayland, Michigan. Dill was phenomenal throughout the entire season and reached some historical marks. She is tied for first on the team in total sets played (106), first in total points (453.5), first in points per set (4.28), first in kills (392), first in kills per set (3.70), first in total service aces (34), second in total digs (340), second in digs per set (3.21) and second in total blocks (46). She reached the 1,000 plateau for both digs (1,112) and kills (1,124) in the same match against Bethel College on October seventh. Dill ranks 34th in the NAIA in kills per game (3.7) and 50th in NAIA in total kills (392). This is Dill’s third time receiving an all conference award, she was named to the all conference honorable mention team in 2014 and was the WHAC newcomer of the year in 2014.