Five Volleyball Bears Receive All-Conference Recognition
Carly Thomas
Carly Thomas

Nov. 28, 2013

MVC Tournament Central

-- Five Missouri State volleyball players earned all-Missouri Valley Conference honors Thursday (Nov. 28), it was announced at the MVC Tournament awards ceremony in Wichita. Senior setter Carly Thomas was selected to the first team for a third consecutive season and was joined by classmate Kayla Walton, while Olivia Brand and Karen Rivatto earned second-team nods and Simone House was an all-freshman selection.

Thomas joins Calli Norman and Linette White as the only Missouri State players to earn first-team honors at least three times in their careers. The Swansea, Ill., native leads the MVC and ranks 15th nationally with 11.48 assists per set this season, and is second all-time at Missouri State with 4,661 career assists. The six-time MVC Player of the Week and one-time national player of the week is also 12th all-time at MSU with 1,191 career digs, and has four career triple-doubles and four matches of at least 50 assists and 20 digs.

Walton is a first-team all-conference pick for a second consecutive season, doing so in the Big East last year at South Florida before transferring to MSU for the 2013 campaign. The right side hitter from St. Petersburg, Fla., currently ranks third in the MVC with a .332 hitting percentage, which also ranks 11th in MSU history for a single season. She also ranks second on the team this season with 228 total kills to go with 0.46 blocks per set.

Rivatto makes her second all-conference team after also earning a second-team nod in 2011. The senior from Brazil returned from injury this season to average a team-best 2.97 kills per set, good for eighth in the MVC, and has recorded at least 10 kills in 29 of her 50 career matches. Rivatto has accumulated 202 total kills on .204 hitting with 58 digs and 20 blocks in 21 matches this season.

The 2011 MVC Freshman of the Year, Brand leads the Bears this season with 274 total kills, averaging 2.61 per set with a .209 efficiency from the outside. The Springfield native leads the Bears with 13 matches of at least 10 kills, with a season high of 19 against Illinois State. Brand is also an MVC Scholar-Athlete honorable mention selection in 2013.

House is Missouri State’s seventh representative on the All-Freshman Team in the last six seasons. The Oshkosh, Wis., product appeared in just three of MSU’s first 17 matches before coming on strong in the second half of the year to average 1.72 kills, 0.92 blocks and 0.24 per set with a .368 attack efficiency, leading MSU in the last three categories. She led MSU in blocking in eight of her 16 matches, recorded at least three blocks on 10 occasions, and hit .300 or better 11 times.

Missouri State (21-10, 12-6 MVC) takes the No. 4 seed into this week’s MVC Tournament and plays fifth-seeded Illinois State (18-12, 11-7) at 7:30 tonight in Wichita, Kan.

First Team
Ashley Andrade, Wichita State
Morgan Dall, Indiana State
Chelsey Feekin, Wichita State
Elizabeth Field, Wichita State
Shelby Kintzel, UNI
Emily Orrick, Illinois State
Taylor Pippen, Southern Illinois
Ashley Rosch, Illinois State
Sam Sanders, Wichita State
Carly Thomas, Missouri State
Macy Ubben, UNI
Kayla Walton, Missouri State
Jessica Whitehead, Southern Illinois

Second Team
Amy Angelos, Bradley
Olivia Brand, Missouri State
Kinsey Caldwell, UNI
Courtney Kintzel, UNI
Laura Purcell, Loyola
Karen Rivatto, Missouri State

All-Freshman Team
Amie Held, UNI
Simone House, Missouri State
Rachel Jones, Bradley
Hannah Kaminsky, Southern Illinois
Dani Mostrom, Wichita State
Meg Viggars, Southern Illinois



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