Nov. 12 – GREENVILLE, Pa. – Led by first-team honors for Mackenzie Lauber (Mansfield, Ohio/Madison Mansfield) and Dylana McKenzie (Hopewell, Ohio/West Muskingum) the Bethany College volleyball team saw five players receive All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference distinction, announced the conference office on Tuesday. Junior Breana Harris (Severn, Md./Old Mill) and sophomore Julia Mouch earned Second-Team All-PAC, while freshman Dakota McKenzie (Hopewell, Ohio/West Muskingum) was an honorable mention selection.
In just her freshman season with the Bison, McKenzie garnered First-Team All-PAC distinction and was also named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year for her efforts. McKenzie totaled 311 kills in her first campaign as a Bison, appearing in 36 of the 38 matches and playing in 127 games. Her 311 kills not only ranked second on the team, but also ranked first among all PAC freshmen this season. She was one of just four players in the PAC to eclipse 300 kills on the year.
“Dylana had an outstanding freshman season. I am very proud of her and the progress she made throughout the year,” remarked seventh-year head coach Courtney Kline. “As a freshman, she quickly became a go-to player that we could rely on, which is almost unheard of from a freshman.
“I am looking forward to seeing Dylana's progress in the years to come as she becomes more court confident.”
Over the span of the year, McKenzie notched double-digit kills in 13 matches, including 11 of her last 18. Against conference opponents, she totaled 150 kills and averaged 2.46 per game. She also finished the year with 45 blocks.
Lauber, a first-year transfer from Bluffton College, was named a First-Team All-PAC selection following a stellar year. The multi-faceted sophomore setter finished the 2013 campaign with 1,298 assists, 205 kills, 214 digs and 38 total blocks. Lauber ranked fourth in the PAC in hitting percentage (.304) and led all setters in the conference in total assists.
“Mackenzie had a tremendous first season with our program. She brought a new offensive weapon to the court and consistently ran our offense,” commented Coach Kline. “She made a great deal of progress defensively, and I look forward to the future as she continues to develop as a player on both the offensive and defensive fronts.”
Over the span of the year, Lauber totaled six double-doubles and even notched a triple-double (11 kills/48 assists/10 digs) on October 9 against Westminster. Her 1,298 assists currently rank fourth all-time on the Bethany single-season list.
For the second-year in a row, Harris has notched all-conference honors, garnering a second-team distinction this year, after honorable mention laurels a year ago. This season, Harris led the Bison in both kills (375) and total blocks (116), and was second on the team in hitting percentage (.287).
“Breana was absolutely our go-to player this season,” said Kline. “We could always count on her when we needed a big play.
“I am so proud of her progress over the year both physically and mentally. She has become a great leader by example, and I cannot wait to see her continue to progress into her senior season.”
Harris eclipsed the double-digit kill mark 20 times during the season. She also broke 20+ kills twice, and had a season high of 22 against Grove City on October, 23. Harris ranked second in the PAC in total kills and hit .333 on the year against conference opponents.
As the libero, Mouch has had an excellent first two seasons for the Green & White. Following an honorable mention selection after her freshman season, Mouch has made it back-to-back All-PAC awards, earning second-team honors this year.
“Julia was the heart of our team this fall,” commented Kline of her sophomore libero. “She kept us alive in so many matches, and kept us pushing throughout the season when it got long and grueling.
“Julia is an unsung hero who does so many unnoticeable things on the floor that made us the team we are. She was outstanding this season defensively, on receive, and also with her smart, aggressive serving.”
Over the course of the season, Mouch ranked third in the PAC in total digs with 610 and was third on the roster in service aces, collecting 42 on the year, including a season high, four, on five different occasions. In the 36 matches played this season, Mouch totaled double-digit digs in all but five of those matches, and notched a season-high, 28, twice on the year.
Notching her first all-conference selection, Dakota McKenzie made a name for herself despite missing nine matches on the year. Earning Honorable Mention All-PAC status, McKenzie notched 223 kills on the year and finished with double-digit kills in 10 contests. She was one of two Bison to total 20 kills in a game this season as she totaled 20 in the PAC semifinals against Westminster on November 8.
“Dakota did a great job this year after overcoming an injury early on,” remarked Coach Kline. “She improved steadily throughout the season and became a very solid offensive force. I am looking forward to seeing her continue to improve and what she will bring to this team in the future.”
The Bison will close the book on the 2013 season when they host the Eastern College Athletic Conference Women’s Southwest Volleyball Championship on November 16. During the weekend, Bethany will have the opportunity to reach 30 wins for the third-consecutive season, and will also look to capture a fourth-consecutive ECAC title. The team will open the semifinals at Hummel Field House with a contest against McDaniel College at 10 a.m.