Volleyball Narrowly Misses MIAA Post-season

By Daniel Herrick, Sports Editor

Brittany Amor

Jessie Owens

Quinn McCormick

Seniors Brittany Amor, Jessie Owens, and Quinn McCormick finish strong in their last Kalamazoo College Volleyball season. 

 

The volleyball team’s season came to a close following a pair of losses against the number one and two ranked teams in the nation, Hope and Calvin respectively, last week.

K graduates three seniors from the program this season: Quinn McCormick, Jessie Owens and Brittany Amor.

Owens appeared in 8 matches this season and tallied 21 kills. She tallied 42 kills in her career.

Amor played in 25 matches this year and 48 sets. She had 75 kills and had an average of 1.56 kills per set. That mark made her one of just four Hornets with an average of 1.5 or greater. Amor was selected to MIAA Academic Honor Roll her freshman year.

McCormick was a force at the net for the Hornets all season and appeared in 27 of the 28 matches for Kalamazoo this season. She played in 98 sets this year. Her 193 kills were second on the team, as was her .207 kill percentage. McCormick joined Amor in the greater-than-1.5-kills-per-set club. She posted an average of 1.93, second on the team.

Her eight solo blocks led the team and she finished with 52 total blocks, second on the team. McCormick was also second on the team with 223 points.

In 2012, McCormick led the team in blocks. She was selected to MIAA Academic Honor Roll once and was also a one-time selection as the MIAA Offensive Player of the Week.

Throughout her career, McCormick appeared in 108 matches and 366 sets for the Hornets. She tallied 612 kills, 27 solo blocks, 235 total blocks and 744 points.

The Hornets finished this season with a record of 13-15. For the second straight season they have improved upon their win total from the previous season. They look poised to take another potential leap next year as they return their team-leader in kills, junior Nya Greenstone (249), and their team-leader in assists, junior Alex Gothard (with an astounding 833).  K will also return their team-leader in digs, freshman-libero Logan Horejsi, and leader in blocks, junior Kelsey Hill.

With a 7-9 conference record, the team finished in sixth place in the MIAA, just one win behind fourth-place St. Mary’s and a berth in the MIAA’s post-season tournament.