Five Midland University volleyball players have captured All-Great Plains Athletic Conference honors.

The league announced its honor teams on Wednesday. Middle blocker Priscilla O’Dowd and setter Jessica Peters, both juniors from Omaha, were named to the first team.

O’Dowd leads the GPAC with a .396 hitting percentage. She is also fifth in kills with 358 and sixth in total blocks with 107.

Peters missed some time this season due to an ankle injury, but she still finished sixth in set assists with 922. She is fourth in set assists per game with an average of 10.0.

Senior libero Jessica Nekl was named to the second team. Nekl, a native of Shelby, missed some action due to a knee injury, but finished sixth overall in digs with 436. In conference matches, she was fourth with 270.

Nekl also topped the league in digs per set in conference matches with an average of 5.6.

Defensive specialist Mackenzie Wecker and outside hitter Jenny Bair were honorable mention selections.

The 11th-ranked Lady Warriors have received an at-large big for the NAIA Division II Tournament. The 44-team event begins Nov. 18 with opening-round matches at various campus locations.

Host Morningside and the top 19 seeds, including the Lady Warriors, advance to the tournament in Sioux City, Iowa. They will be joined by the 12 winners from the opening-round matches. The pools for the 32 teams that will compete Nov. 28-30 will be announced Sunday. The top two teams in each pool will advance to the elimination bracket on Dec. 1.

The GPAC has the most teams in the tournament with five. Joining MU and Morningside are defending national champion Hastings (rated third), national runner-up Dordt (ranked fourth) and Northwestern (fifth).

The Broncos feature GPAC Player of the Year Katie Placke, Libero of the Year Jill Bax and Coach of the Year Matt Buttermore. Northwestern has the Freshman of the Year in Lacey Wacker. Jamie Gesink of Dordt is the Setter of the Year.


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