Two Southwestern Community College freshmen volleyball players earned second team All-Region XI honors.
Mel Mangrum, a freshman middle hitter from Rock Island, Ill. finished the season with 274 kills and a hitting efficiency of .344. She also had 94 blocks for the season.
Molly Schimp, a freshman setter from Hampton who will also compete for the Southwestern track and field team, finished with 1,023 assists this season for an average of just more than eight assists per match. Schimp also had 124 kills, 40 blocks and 238 digs, proving to be a strong all-around player for the Spartans.
“I’m very happy we had these two make all-region,” head coach Melissa Blessington said. “Both girls worked really hard this season and got better in their positions. I think this is a tribute to how well we passed this year, because we were able to get the pass to Schimp, who was then able to deliver to Mangrum.
“I know that we have had a lot of team success this year, and just having others recognize some individuals is also encouraging. I am looking for these two to come back next year and do great things.”
Blessington also announced the signing of Janaya Fox, a 6-0 transfer from Northwest Missouri State.
Fox is an outside hitter from Bellevue, Neb., and attended Bellevue East High School where she is the school record holder in career kills (605), season kills (449) and digs in a match (29).
Fox was a first team all-state selection and named to the all-metro team while earning Player of the Year honors from the Bellevue Leader. Four times Fox competed at the national tournament with her club team, and she also won a Nebraska state championship in basketball.
“Signing Janaya is so exciting,” Blessington said. “She is a very explosive player and can play lights out defense for us. I know she is going to be an impact player for us next year. We are lucky to get her at semester so that she can work with our current freshmen.
“This is very exciting for our team, because we are going to be able to continue to build on the success from our season this year. Janaya has had great success at the high school and club level, and we know she is going to have great success at Southwestern.”