Havre Daily News sports editor
The 2005 Frontier Conference volleyball post-season awards were announced recently and two Montana State University-Northern players were honored.
Senior Jasmine Mitchell was named a second-team outside hitter. Mitchell, who hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba, finished her finale season at MSU-N second in the conference in hitting percentage. She also finished seventh in blocks with 85 and eighth in the league in kills with 259.
Fellow senior Jordan Fox from Alpine, Utah, had an outstanding all-around season from her outside-hitter position, as she earned honorable mention honors. Fox finished fifth in the league in kills with 277. She also was third in the league in aces (39) and sixth in digs (304).
The pair helped guide the Skylights to a fifth-place finish during the Frontier Conference regular season with a 6-8 record and 13-13 overall. Northern finished third at last weekend's conference tournament in Butte.
UM-Western middle-blocker Katherine Sunwall was named the league's most valuable player. Westminster College transfer Angie Johnson was honored as the newcomer of the year, and Montana Tech's Beka Hudson was named the libero of year.
All-Frontier Conference Volleyball
First team - MVP, Katherine Sunwall, UM-Western, Sr, MB; Celestial Alofipo, Westminster College, Fr, OH; Claudia Jacobs, University of Great Falls, Jr, OH; Angie Johnson, Westminster College, So, OH; Brittany Prater, University of Great Falls, So, OH; Lindsay Scott, UM-Western, Sr, S.
Second team - Jenny Finlay, UM-Western, Jr, OH; Beka Hudson, Montana Tech, Sr, L; Maria McNeil, Montana Tech, Fr, OH; Jasmine Mitchell, MSU-Northern, Sr, OH; Tiffany Rochell, Carroll College, Jr, MB; Tyger Spencer, Lewis-Clark, Sr, OH.
Honorable Mention - Jen Buening, Rocky Mountain, Sr., L; Jordan Fox, MSU-Northern, Sr., OH; Rosie Meyn, Carroll College, Sr., OH; Maxi Miller, Westminster College, Sr., RS; Jennifer Peterson, University of Great Falls, Fr., S; Bree Riet, Westminster, College, So., L; Kari Schiller, University of Great Falls, Fr., L; Monica Shorts, Westminster College, Fr., S; Natalie Solomon, Carroll College, Jr., RS.
Libero of the Year - Beka Hudson, Montana Tech.
Newcomer of the Year - Angie Johnson, Westminster College.
All-Freshmen Team - Freshman of the Year, Celestial Alofipo, Westminster College, OH; Lindsay Balfour, Montana Tech, S; Jessica Eliasson, Rocky Mountain, RS; Maria McNeil, Montana Tech, OH; Corey Anne Russell, Montana Tech, OH; Jennifer Peterson, University of Great Falls, S; Kari Schiller, University of Great Falls, L; Monica Shorts, Westminster College, S.