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Union Places Five Volleyball Players on All-Conference Teams

JACKSON, Tenn. - 11/14/2006 - Union University placed five players on the TranSouth All-Conference teams during the conference tournament last weekend. Amanda Hutchison and Monica Schrimer were named first team players, while Purity Ogolla, Elena Villagomez, and Edith Mendoza were named honorable mentioned All-Conference.

Hutchison, a 5-foot-9 sophomore from Jackson, led Union with 490 kills and a 0.454 hitting percentage. She also led Union with 202 blocks. For Hutchison, this is her second All-Conference honor as she was named All-Conference, Freshman of the Year, All-Region, and All-American as a last season as a freshman.

Schrimer, a 5-foot-11 senior from Long Beach, California, earns her second such honor. She was second on the team this season with 487 kills and 77 aces.

Ogolla, a 5-foot-9 senior setter from Kenya, led Union with 1383 assists and received an All-Conference honor for the second straight season.

Villagomez, a 5-foot-9 senor from Cutler, California, has been named to the All-Conference team for the first time in her Union career. She tallied 354 kills and was third on the team with 74 aces.

Mendoza, a 6-foot senior from Porterville, California, posted a team high 85 aces. She was second on the team with 129 blocks and posted 300 kills. This is Mendoza’s second TranSouth All-Conference Honor in two seasons.

In addition to the All-Conference team, six Lady Bulldogs were named TranSouth Scholar Athletes. Schrimer, Hutchison, and Ogolla joined Lindsay Holmes, Lindsey Wallach, and Kelly Huffines as scholar athletes.

After earning a four seed in the conference tournament, Union posted a third place finish which helped the Lady Bulldogs earn a spot in the NAIA Region XI Tournament this weekend in Lebanon, Tenn. Union opens the single elimination tournament with a 5:00 pm match versus Freed-Hardeman University on Friday, November 17.


Most Valuable Player: Lakenya Wrightsil, Martin Methodist
Newcomer of the Year: Brittany Ray, Trevecca Nazarene
Freshman of the Year: Kate Eckhardt, Martin Methodist
Coach of the Year: Rose Powell
Regular Season & Tournament Champs: Martin Methodist

First Team All-Conference
Lakenya Wrightsil, Martin Methodist
Renata Pedreira, Freed-Hardeman
Amanda Hutchinson, Union
Karina Souza, Freed-Hardeman
Brittany Ray, Trevecca Nazarene
Monica Schrimer, Union
Kelly Huff, Trevecca Nazarene
Kate Eckhardt, Martin Methodist
Sofia Zuluaga, Martin Methodist
Taina Ovchinnikov, Trevecca Nazarene
Randal Price, Freed-Hardeman

Second Team All-TranSouth
Brittany Johnson, Freed-Hardeman
Giselle Souza, Martin Methodist
Fabiana Lima, Martin Methodist
Daria Paunovic, Lyon
Katie Beineke, Lyon
Rachel Vanderburg, Cumberland
Carmen Campbell, Lambuth
Martha Ray, Freed-Hardeman

Honorable Mention All-TranSouth
Purity Ogolla, Union
Christina Stanley, Trevecca Nazarene
Elena Villagomez, Union
Edith Mendoza, Union
Kimi Coffey, Trevecca Nazarene
Flavia Sanches, Bethel

TranSouth Scholar-Athletes
Renata Pedreira
Karina Souza
Randal Price

Trevecca Nazarene:
Kristen Grogan
Kelly Huff
Taina Ovchinnikov
Christina Stanley

Union University:
Lindsay Holmes
Monica Schirmer
Purity Ogolla
Lindsey Wallach
Amanda Hutchinson
Kelly Huffines

Lyon College:
Alyson Boone
Madeline Homer
Alison Sablick
Daria Paunovic
Ann Sullivan

Lambuth University:
Kathleen Retherford
Elisa Galindo
Brittany Leeper
Carman Campbell
Jessica Parinton
Amelia Rodgers

Bethel College:
Sarah Pipkin
Nicova Tyus

Holly Collins
Micah Cates
Alisha Dibona
McKenzie Howell
Nichole French

Martin Methodist:
Lakenya Wrightsil
Tameka Mullins
Sofia Zuluaga

Cumberland University:
Macey Denney
Rachel Peoples
Rachel Vanderburg
Michelle Wright
Laurel Conrey
Ivory Leonard
Mallory Cook
Tracy Smallwood
Amanda Twomey
Megan Corbin

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