Four Warriors Earn All-NAC Recognition
Erin Greenfield leads way with First Team selection
October 31, 2012
WAUKESHA, Wis. – Four Wisconsin Lutheran College volleyball student-athletes have earned All-Northern Athletics Conference honors as the awards for the 2012 volleyball season were released Wednesday by the conference office.
The four Warriors to receive recognition from the conference were Erin Greenfield (Wauwatosa, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran), Kelli Johnson (Milwaukee, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran), Steph Cox (Sheboygan, Wis./Lutheran), and Kayla Ridgeman (Jefferson, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran).
Greenfield was named to the 12-member All-NAC First Team after ranking third in the conference with 396 kills. The junior outside hitter also tallied 320 digs and recorded a team-high 14 double-doubles. She also led the team with 45 aces while appearing in all 31 matches for Wisconsin Lutheran.
Johnson, an All-NAC Second Team selection, was a force in the middle for Wisconsin Lutheran as she finished second on the team with 265 kills. Johnson finished the regular season with a .230 attack percentage. The junior middle blocker also appeared in all 31 matches while posting a team-high 78 blocks.
Ridgeman and Cox both received NAC Honorable Mention recognition. Cox, a senior setter, transitioned well into her new role after playing the outside hitter position for the past three seasons. Cox dished out 975 assists in 31 matches this season, which ranks fourth all-time in school history and third in the NAC this season. Her career-high 53 assists recorded in the October 24 match against Benedictine ties for second in school history.
Ridgeman had another successful season as the team’s libero, receiving All-NAC recognition for the third consecutive season. The junior recorded 469 digs, ranking second in the conference. She also became the school’s all-time career digs leader as she brought her career total to 1,386. Ridgeman also played in all 31 of the team's matches.
Edgewood and Dominican each received two of the four major conference awards as the Eagles' Mallory Palmer was named the Player of the Year. Edgewood head coach Paul Schlomer was named Coach of the Year after leading his team to an 11-1 conference record and a share of the league championship. The Stars' Liz Yakey was chosen as the Defensive Player of the Year, while her teammate Caitlen Foote was named Freshman of the Year.
The Warriors concluded their 2012 season with a 13-18 overall record, including a 6-6 record in conference play. WLC advanced to the NAC Tournament for the fourth straight year, before falling to second-seeded Benedictine in the quarterfinals.