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Devon Jensen (GVU): MCC Player of the Year
Devon Jensen (GVU): MCC Player of the Year
The Midwest Collegiate Conference has announced its volleyball all-conference honors for the 2010 season. Twenty-eight athletes were recognized as part of the all-conference teams as voted by the coaches, including 14 to the First Team and 14 to the Honorable Mention Team.

Grand View sophomore outside hitter Devon Jensen (Underwood, Iowa) was named MCC Player of the Year for the second straight year. Jensen repeated as the MCC leader in kills, finishing with 686 kills (4.76 kills/game). She currently leads the NAIA in total kills and ranks fourth in the nation in kills per game. She also was second on her team with 490 digs (3.40 digs per game) and added 55 blocks. Jensen led the Vikings to a 33-9 overall record this year and a second-place finish in the MCC regular season.

"After an amazing freshman campaign I knew that Devon had the opportunity to be one of the best players in the history of the conference and she is well on her way," said Grand View Head Coach Tina Carter."She has developed her offense while also boosting her defense.Her energy and ability to come up with a big play is impressive and she will only continue toget better.Devon isvery deserving of this award and it speaks to her hard work, determination and drive tobe the best playershe can be."

Viterbo sophomore Jordan Blaken (Melrose, Wis.) was named the MCC Libero of the Year. In her first year as a starter Blaken stepped in and was second in the conference with 757 digs and 5.05 digs per game. She also posted a .972 service receipt percentage and helped lead the V-Hawks to 38 wins this year and the MCC regular season title. It is the fifth straight year a Viterbo player has won the conference Libero of the Year award, as she follows previous winners Heather Harelstad (2007-09) and Stef Hemauer (2006).

"I am excited for Jordan and her success this year, as no one works harder or pushes herself to the limits like she does," said Viterbo Head Coach Ryan DeLong."It is great to see all of the hours and work Jordan put in during the offseason paid off for both our team and herself.Jordan had huge shoes to fill in replacing Heather Harelstad and Jordan stepped in and made her own mark on our program.Jordan is a kid that continues to get better and it is going to be exciting watching her progress as one of the elite players in the MCC over the next two years."

Grand View freshman Paige Harris (Clive, Iowa) was named the conference's Setter of the Year. Harris easily led the conference in assists (1,486) and assists per game (10.04). She also ranks among the NAIA national leaders in assists.

"Our coaching staff has been watching Paige since she was 13 years old and when she committed to our program we knew that she could do some really great things," said Carter."This season is proof of that. As one of the only setters in the conference running a 5-1 offense she established herself as the best in the league.Her high-level club experience made her transition to college a very smooth one and our core of hitters were excited to have her leading the team.She has a very high volleyball I.Q. and her technique is excellent which gives her unlimited potential."

Megan Higgins (Council Bluffs, Iowa) of Grand View was named the MCC Newcomer of the Year. A senior who transferred from Dana College in Blair, Neb., after it closed in the summer, Higgins led the conference with a .354 attack percentage and was seventh in the MCC with 414 kills and 2.96 kills per game. She also tied for third in blocks with 0.89 blocks per game.

"This is such a great award for a very worthy player," said Carter. "Megan went through all of the preseason and the first ten matches as an outside hitter but after an early September tournament she moved to the middle and immediately looked at home.She is such an explosive and dynamic player which showed every time she stepped on the floor.Megan was a great emotional spark for the team and always came up with the big kill orblock when we needed it.We wereextremely lucky to have her with us this season and I couldn't be more proud of her accomplishments.

Viterbo's DeLong was named by his peers as the MCC Coach of the Year. DeLong led the V-Hawks to a 38-5 overall record this year and a perfect 8-0 conference record in the regular season for Viterbo's first MCC title in 20 years. The V-Hawks posted a school-record 23-match winning streak during the season and won 35 of 36 matches before losing to William Penn in the MCC Tournament semifinals.

"Ryan is very deserving of this honor," said Viterbo Athletics Director Barry Fried."He's worked countless hours over the years to build our program and it's nice to see his efforts being recognized. He's also a tremendous representative of our institution and great role model for our student-athletes.We're extremely fortunate to have someone like Ryan on our staff and leading our volleyball program."
Midwest Collegiate Volleyball All-Conference
MCC Player of the Year: Devon Jensen - Grand View
MCC Libero of the Year: Jordan Blaken - Viterbo
MCC Setter of the Year: Paige Harris - Grand View
MCC Newcomer of the Year: Megan Higgins - Grand View
MCC Coach of the Year: Ryan DeLong - Viterbo

First Team
Kelsay McCausland (Camanche, Iowa) - Ashford
Yawen Xiao (Shanghai, China) - Ashford
Ashley Shields (Harvard, Ill.) - Clarke
Paige Harris (Clive, Iowa) - Grand View
Megan Higgins (Council Bluffs, Iowa) - Grand View
Devon Jensen (Underwood, Iowa) - Grand View
Brittney Thomas (Marion, Iowa) - Mount Mercy
Tori Matzen (Orion, Ill.) - St. Ambrose
Amy Royer (Mokena, Ill.) - St. Ambrose
Amy Braaksma (Randolph, Wis.) - Viterbo
Jordan Blaken (Melrose, Wis.) - Viterbo
Katie Flock (Sparta, Wis.) - Viterbo
Jenna Lau (Eau Claire, Wis.) - Viterbo

Emily Stanton (Oskaloosa, Iowa) - William Penn

Honorable Mention Team
Hanna Bruns (LaPorte City, Iowa) - Ashford
Heather Jansen (Hazel Green, Wis.) - Clarke
B.J. Wagy (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) - Iowa Wesleyan
Kendra Zimmerman (Green Bay, Wis.) - Iowa Wesleyan
Jena Blint (New London, Iowa) - Mount Mercy
Deidre Schaefer (Latimer, Iowa) - Mount Mercy
Jackie DalCerro (Chicago, Ill.) - St. Ambrose
Catherine Wildner (Oak Lawn, Ill.) - St. Ambrose
Hannah Ripp (Merrillan, Wis.) - Viterbo
Andrea Blanchard (Charles City, Iowa) - Waldorf
Morgan Bailey (Oskaloosa, Iowa) - William Penn
Caitlin Hadden (Oskaloosa, Iowa) - William Penn
Krista Pettit (Grundy Center, Iowa) - William Penn

Brittany Rohling (Thayer, Kan.) - William Penn