KOKOMO, Ind. — The 2018 All-River States Conference Volleyball Teams & Awards were announced during an on-court ceremony on Friday at the RSC Volleyball Championship in Kokomo, Ind.
IU Kokomo led the honorees with a conference-high three players selected to the All-RSC First Team. That included RSC Player of the Year Nyssa Baker, a sophomore middle hitter who won the award for the second year in a row. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native leads the RSC and ranks third in the NAIA with a hitting percentage of .433. She also leads the conference with 108 total blocks and ranks eighth nationally and first in the RSC with 1.19 blocks per set.
IU Kokomo’ sixth-year head coach Heather Hayes was named RSC Coach of the Year. The Cougars are 32-4 on the year and have already locked up their fourth straight NAIA National Championship bid as RSC regular-season champions.
IU Southeast libero Kenna Burman, a sophomore from Arcadia, Ind., was chosen as the RSC Defensive Player of the Year. She has compiled 563 digs and 4.94 digs per set to pace the Grenadiers in the back row and rank among the conference leaders on defense.
IU Southeast right-side hitter/setter Alyssa Cosgrove was named RSC Newcomer of the Year. The junior from Louisville, Ky., and transfer from Spalding University is third in the conference in hitting percentage at .297. She is also among the RSC leaders with 308 total kills.
IU Kokomo’s three players on the All-RSC First Team in addition to Baker included sophomore libero Macee Rudy and junior outside hitter McKenna Lundy.
Four schools had two players each on the first team with those being Point Park (Pa.) University with Ashley Taylor (RS, Sr.) and Jordan Dixon (OH, Sr.), IU Southeast with Monica Loftus (OH, Sr.) and Alyssa Cosgrove (RS/S, Jr.), WVU Tech with Konstantina Pateli (S, Jr.) and Carolina Bologna (MH, Jr.) and Asbury (Ky.) University with Lizzy Rempel (OH, Jr.) and Laura Bird (S, Sr.)
Natalie Jones (OH, Jr.) from Brescia (Ky.) University, Breanna Kopke (RS, Jr.) from IU East and Olivia Frazier (MH, Jr.) from Cincinnati Christian represented their respective schools on the first team.
Point Park and IU East were tied for the lead with three players each on the All-RSC Second Team. IU Southeast and Brescia were next with two each. The first and second teams included 14 players each. There were eight of the 12 volleyball schools represented on each of the lists.
Also named was the 2018 River States Conference Volleyball Champions of Character Team. One player from each school was named as the team member who best displays the five character values of NAIA Champions of Character, which are respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship.
2018 ALL-RIVER STATES CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL TEAMS & AWARDS
RSC Player of the Year: Nyssa Baker, Middle Hitter, So., IU Kokomo
RSC Defensive Player of the Year: Kenna Burman, Libero, So., IU Southeast
RSC Newcomer of the Year: Alyssa Cosgrove, Right-Side Hitter/Setter, Jr., IU Southeast
RSC Coach of the Year: Heather Hayes, IU Kokomo, 6th season
ALL-RIVER STATES CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL FIRST TEAM
|Nyssa Baker||MH||So.||IU Kokomo|
|Konstantina Pateli||S||Jr.||WVU Tech|
|Monica Loftus||OH||Sr.||IU Southeast|
|Breanna Kopke||RS||Jr.||IU East|
|Ashley Taylor||RS||Sr.||Point Park|
|Macee Rudy||L||So.||IU Kokomo|
|Alyssa Cosgrove||RS/S||Jr.||IU Southeast|
|Olivia Frazier||MH||Jr.||Cincinnati Christian|
|Carolina Bologna||MH||Jr.||WVU Tech|
|McKenna Lundy||OH||Jr.||IU Kokomo|
|Jordan Dixon||OH||Sr.||Point Park|
ALL-RIVER STATES CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL SECOND TEAM
|Morgan Dangelo||L||Sr.||Point Park|
|Ana Monteiro||RS||Sr.||WVU Tech|
|Kendal Williams||S||Fr.||IU Kokomo|
|Cali Topolski||S||Jr.||IU East|
|Sophie Rogers||MH||So.||IU East|
|Kenna Burman||L||So.||IU Southeast|
|Destiny Tucker||MH||Sr.||Point Park|
|Lexi Gentry||OH||So.||IU East|
|Ashley Taylor||OH||Fr.||Rio Grande|
|Julia Menosky||S||Jr.||Point Park|
|Hannah Sipe||S||So.||IU Southeast|
RIVER STATES CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER TEAM
|Rebecca Paden||Cincinnati Christian|
|Michelle Grider||IU East|
|Maddie Jacobi||IU Southeast|
|Autumn Paugh||Ohio Christian|
|Camryn LaMonaca||Point Park|
|Kinnison Donaldson||Rio Grande|
|Michaella Guyot-Polverini||WVU Tech|
Courtesy of the River States Conference