MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – Wisconsin Lutheran College's Ally Goba (Mukwonago, Wis.) and Grace Tomhave (Lake Mills, Wis.) have been named First Team All-Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, it was announced Thursday as the postseason awards for the 2019 women's volleyball season were released by the conference office. In addition, Alyssa Charron (Appleton, Wis.) was named NACC Honorable Mention. This marks the first time since 2010 that WLC has landed two players on the all-conference first team.
Goba led the Warriors with 488 digs for an average of 4.69 digs per set, good for fourth in the conference. The freshman libero also led WLC with 42 service aces, which ranks 10th in the NACC. Starting 29 matches, Goba tallied at least 20 digs in 12 matches, including a season-high 27 November 2 against UW-Superior.
Tomhave, who is being honored by the NACC for the first time, led WLC with 217 kills for an average of 2.19 kills per set. The junior opposite hitter started 29 matches and recorded 0.89 blocks per set, good for fourth in the NACC. Tomhave reached double-digit kills in eight matches, including a season-best 14 August 30 against Bluffton, when she also posted a .538 hitting percentage.
Charron, who also started 29 matches, led the Warriors and the NACC with 0.97 blocks per set which equated to 96 total blocks. The junior middle hitter added 150 kills for a team-high .246 hitting percentage. Charron's best performance came against Concordia Wisconsin October 30, when she posted season highs in kills (11) and blocks (9) in the Warriors' 3-0 sweep of the conference co-champion Falcons. This is Charron's first NACC postseason award.
Aurora swept the four major awards as Sydnei Avery was named NACC Women's Volleyball Player of the Year as well NACC Freshman of the Year, Julia Wood was named NACC Women's Volleyball Defensive Player of the Year, and head coach James Seitelman was named NACC Women's Volleyball Coach of the Year.
Wisconsin Lutheran concluded its 2019 season 17-13 overall and 9-3 in the NACC. The nine conference victories are the most since 2005, while the program made a third consecutive NACC Tournament appearance.