Four Wildcats collect AVCA All-Central Region Volleyball honors – Taya Beller Region Player of the Year and Scott Kneifl Coach of the Year

Four Wildcats collect AVCA All-Central Region Volleyball honors – Taya Beller Region Player of the Year and Scott Kneifl Coach of the Year
November 23rd, 2022 | wscwildcats.com

Wayne, Neb. — Wayne State College placed four players on the 2022 AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) All-Central Region Team announced Wednesday morning.  Sophomore middle hitter Taya Beller was voted Central Region Player of the Year and All-Central Region First Team.  Sophomore middle hitter Maggie Brahmer and junior outside hitter Kelsie Cada each collected All-Central Region First Team honors while junior setter Rachel Walker was selected All-Central Region honorable mention.  Wildcat head coach Scott Kneifl was also voted AVCA Central Region Coach of the Year.

Beller

Beller, a 6-2 sophomore middle hitter from Lindsay, was the NSIC Offensive Player of the Year, D2CCA All-Central Region Player of the Year and First Team All-NSIC selection this season for the Wildcats.  She led Wayne State in hitting this season at 3.88 kills per set (3rd-NSIC) and is second in the league and sixth in NCAA Division II in hitting percentage (.398) while ranking fourth in the NSIC in points per set (4.46) and eighth in blocks (0.99).  Beller was a three-time NSIC Offensive Player of the Week selection this season and named AVCA/GameChanger Division II National Player of the Week September 27th.

Brahmer

Brahmer, a 6-0 sophomore middle hitter from Pierce, was a repeat First Team All-NSIC honoree for Wayne State this season and named D2CCA All-Central Region for the first time.  She led the NSIC and ranks third in NCAA Division II with a .451 hitting percentage and is second in the NSIC in blocks per set (1.16), seventh in points per set (4.02) and ninth in kills per set (3.34).  Brahmer was named NSIC Offensive Player of the Week twice this season and Defensive Player of the Week once while also being voted Most Valuable Player of the Colorado Premier Challenge and was voted to the All-Central Region Tournament Team.

Cada

Cada, a 6-0 junior outside hitter from Wahoo, was a First Team All-NSIC and D2CCA All-Central Region Second Team selection this season for the Wildcats after recording 15 double-doubles.  She averaged 3.54 kills and 2.96 digs per set for the Wildcats, ranking sixth in the league in kills and points per set (4.11).  Cada was named NSIC Offensive Player of the Week October 17th and was voted to the Colorado Premier Challenge All-Tournament Team and All-Central Region Tournament Team this season.

Walker

Walker, a 5-9 junior setter from Lincoln (Southwest HS), was a First Team All-NSIC selection this season for Wayne State ranking sixth in the NSIC with 10.64 assists per set.  She also averaged 2.55 digs per set and had 30 service aces while recording 14 double-doubles.  She was named NSIC Setter of the Week October 17th and was voted to the Colorado Premier Challenge All-Tournament Team.

Kneifl

Kneifl was voted AVCA Central Region Coach of the Year after leading Wayne State to a #1 national ranking and a school record 24-0 start to the season.  He coached the Wildcats to their first-ever NSIC regular season title and a 30-3 record as WSC was awarded the #1 seed and hosted the NCAA Central Region Tournament last weekend.  It was just the fourth 30-win season in school history and the second under Coach Kneifl.  He was also voted NSIC Coach of the Year this season with a 19-1 league record.

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