Who's The Best Volleyball Player in the NCAA
This Year? (M-Z)

Discover The Top Volleyball Player
In Each Conference (M-Z)


At the end of each season, the best volleyball player is picked by the

head coaches or Sports Information directors in each conference and is

given the title "player of the year."


Below we've listed the postseason recipients of the Player of the Year

awards for 2016 in the conferences starting with letters M-Z.



The Best Volleyball Player in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference



Player of the Year:   Skylar Day

2016: MAAC Player of the Year…

First Team All-MAAC

MAAC All-Championship Team…

ECAC First Team All-Star…

MAAC Preseason Player of the Year…



The Best Player in the Mid-American Conference



Player of the Year:  Jenna Radtke, Northern Illinois  



For the sixth time in program history the MAC Player of the Year hails

from Northern Illinois University, as Jenna Radtke receives the honor.


The senior helped lead NIU to their third straight MAC West Division title

and a share of the MAC Regular Season crown.


The Buffalo Grove, Illinois native was named MAC West Player of the Week

five times throughout the 2016 season.


Radtke also picked-up All-MAC First Team honors for the third straight season.



The Best Player in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference



   Player of the Year: 



The Best Player in the Missouri Valley Conference



Players of the Year: Lily Johnson, Missouri State



Missouri Valley Conference regular season champion Missouri State has claimed two

of the league’s top individual honors, as junior outside hitter Lily Johnson earned the

league’s Player of the Year honor for the second-straight season, while her Bear

teammate, freshman Daniele Messa has been named the Freshman of the Year.


Illinois State sophomore libero Courtney Pence took home league’s Libero of the Year

honors, while Wichita State’s Emily Hiebert earned the league’s Setter of the Year

award. 

(Courtesy Missouri Valley Conference press release)



The Best Player in the Mountain West Conference



Player of the Year:  Sierra Nobley, Jr., MB, Boise State


The Mountain West All-Conference Women’s Volleyball awards, as selected

by the league's 11 head coaches, were announced today.


Boise State junior Sierra Nobley was named MW Player of the Year, the

first Bronco to earn the league’s top honor.


Colorado State’s Kirstie Hillyer earned MW Newcomer of the Year honors

and teammate Katie Oleksak was voted MW Freshman of the Year. 



The Best Player in the Northeast Conference



Player of the Year:  Sarah Krufka   Sacred Heart   OPP       Jr


Senior right side hitter Sarah Krufka (Rancho Santa Margarita,

CA/Tesoro) repeated as the NEC Women’s Volleyball Player of the Year.


SHU senior Ana Gonzalez (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico/Academia Maria

Reina) was chosen NEC Libero of the Year, and after guiding the Pioneers

to a 13-1 conference record and the NEC regular season title, Rob

Machan was awarded NEC Coach of the Year honors for the third time in

his career. 

Bryant senior Vika Katzen (Kfar Saba, Israel/Wingate Academy for

Sports Excellence) repeated as NEC Setter of the Year and Central

Connecticut right side hitter Morgan Woycik (Lapeer,

MI/Lapeer) was tabbed NEC Rookie of the Year. 


Krufka became the third player in NEC history to win back-to-back

NEC Player of the Year honors, joining RMU’s Katie Noble (2001 and

2002) and LIU Brooklyn’s Annika Foit (2012, 2013 and 2014). Krufka

wrapped the regular season as the league leader in kills with 3.81 per set.


She recorded  double-digit kills in 25 matches and finished the season on

an 11-match streak with 10+ kills for the NEC regular season champion

Pioneers.



The Best Player in the Ohio Valley Conference



Player of the Year:  Scottie Ingram  Murray State   


Murray State’s Scottie Ingram was selected as the 2016 Ohio Valley

Conference Player of the Year while teammate Ellie Lorenz earned

Defensive Player of the Year honors as voted on by the league’s head

coaches and sports information directors.


Eastern Kentucky’s Rachel Woody was named the Freshman of the Year

while Austin Peay’s Kristen Stucker won Setter of the Year honors. OVC

Coach of the Year accolades went to SIUE’s Leah Johnson.



The Best Player in the Pac-12 Conference






The Best Player in the Southeastern Conference



Player of the Year:       Krystal Rivers, Alabama, RS, Sr


Krystal Rivers, a senior right side hitter at Alabama, was selected as the

2016 SEC Volleyball Player of the Year.

This marks the first time a member of the Crimson Tide program has won this

honor.


Rivers is currently ranked second in the nation in total kills with 640, and third in

kills per set (5.77), points per set (6.57) and total points (729.5).

She was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week four times and the

SEC Player of the Week twice this season.



The Best Volleyball Player in the Patriot League



Player of the Year: 

The Best Volleyball Player in the Southwestern Conference


Player of the Year:  Ashundria McNeal of Alabama A&M 


The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced on Wednesday the

2016 All-SWAC Volleyball Teams with Ashundria McNeal of Alabama A&M

and Ni’yesha Brown, Bayle’ Bennett, Justus Tuiolosega and Jamie

Coleman of Alabama State. Accolades were voted on by the league’s

coaches and sports information directors.


McNeal claimed her second-straight Player of the Year honor while

Tuiolosega was named Setter of the Year. Coleman was tabbed as

Libero  of the Year.


Brown earned top newcomer accolades, and Bennett was

named Freshman of the Year.



The Best Volleyball Player in the Southern Conference



Player of the Year: 



The Best Volleyball Player in the Southland Conference



Player of the Year:


The Best Volleyball Player in the Sun Belt Conference



Player of the Year:  Leah Hardeman  (Coastal Carolina, Junior, OH)


Coastal Carolina junior Leah Hardeman took home Player of the Year

honors in her first year of competition in the Sun Belt.


Hardeman finished second in the league in kills per set (3.71) in overall

matches and led the league in Sun Belt matches with 214 kills in 52 sets.


She was third overall in league play with 20 aces and finished fourth in

hitting percentage (.366) as she helped lead the Chanticleers to a 24-4

record and a 15-1 league record and the East division crown.



The Best Volleyball Player in the Summit League



Player of the Year:  Audrey Reeg, South Dakota



South Dakota's Audrey Reeg was named Player of the Year while

teammates Brittany Jessen earned Setter of the Year and Elizabeth

Loschen garnered Freshman of the Year honors.


USD's head coach Leanne Williamson was voted Coach of the Year. North

Dakota State's Mikaela Purnell was named Defensive Player of the Year.



The Best Volleyball Player in the Western Athletic Conference



Player of the Year: Carol Grasso, Cal State Bakersfield  



Carol Grasso, Cal State Bakersfield’s senior outside hitter, was voted

Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year on Wednesday as voted

by the conference’s eight volleyball coaches.


Grasso, from Brazil, led the WAC in kills per set (4.47), aces (0.87) and

points (5.59) while ranking eighth in digs (3.06).



The Best Volleyball Player in the West Coast Conference



Player of the Year: Dalas Dodd


The Saint Mary’s beach volleyball team swept through the inaugural

West Coast Conference Player of the Year Awards Thursday and earned

a total of six all-conference honors to accent a successful season in

which the Gaels reached the championship match of the inaugural

WCC Championship Tournament.


Senior Dalas Dodd was named the WCC Player of the Year in a vote by

the conference’s seven head coaches. Dodd played at No. 1 pairs with

partner Lindsey Knudsen all season long. She went 19-4 at the top pairs

spot, earning eight wins over nationally ranked teams. Dodd and

Knudsen defeated the top pair of eventual champion and No. 2-ranked

Pepperdine on day one of the WCC Championship.




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