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SIUE's McDonald, Everett Honored by OVC

OVC Freshman of the Year Hope Everett and OVC first team selection Rachel McDonald
OVC Freshman of the Year Hope Everett and OVC first team selection Rachel McDonald

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – SIUE volleyball standouts Rachel McDonald and Hope Everett were selected for Ohio Valley Conference postseason awards at a banquet held Wednesday prior to the league championship.

McDonald, a sophomore outside hitter from Cold Spring, Kentucky, was named to the OVC first team. Everett, a redshirt-freshman middle blocker from Norris City, Illinois, was tabbed as the league's Freshman of the Year.

After becoming just the second player in school history to record 30 kills in a match (vs. Eastern Illinois Oct. 24) and the first of the Division I era, McDonald completed the regular season as SIUE's leader in kills (302), kills per set (2.99) and points scored (341.5). She ranks ninth in the OVC in both kills per set and points scored per set (3.38).

Earlier this season, McDonald was named an honorable mention volleymob.com national Player of the Week (Oct. 2) after becoming the first player since the 2011 season to record 20 kills and 20 digs in a match.

Everett is coming off her third OVC Newcomer of the Week award.

She recorded 203 kills so far this season with a team-leading 81 blocks (0.95 per set). Everett is second on the team in scoring with 250.5 points scored.

SIUE's postseason gets underway Thursday at 4:30 p.m. when the fifth-seeded Cougars face off against fourth-seeded Jacksonville State in the opening round of the eight-team, single-elimination OVC Tournament.

2018 All-Ohio Valley Conference Volleyball Teams
(voted on by the league's head volleyball coaches and sports information directors)
FIRST TEAM
Olivia Lohmeier, Morehead State
Rachel Giustino, Murray State
Kristen Stucker, Austin Peay
Dacia Brown, Murray State
Cecily Gable, Austin Peay
Jessie Wachtman, Morehaed State
Mackenzie Rombach, Jacksonville State
Julie Pierson, Tennessee State
Cassie Knutson, Eastern Kentucky
Rachel McDonald, SIUE
Logan Carger, Austin Peay
Lexie Libs, Jacksonville State
Brooke Gyori, UT Martin
Rachel Henderson, Tennessee State
Becca Fernandez, Murray State
(15 players appear on the First Team due to a tie)

OVC Player of the Year: Olivia Lohmeier, Morehead State
OVC Freshman of the Year: Hope Everett, SIUE
OVC Co-Defensive Player of the Year: Becca Fernandez, Murray State; Brooke Gyori, UT Martin
OVC Setter of the Year: Kristen Stucker, Austin Peay
OVC Coach of the Year: Taylor Mott, Austin Peay

SECOND TEAM
Chandler Clark, Morehead State
Haley Bilbruck, Southeast Missouri
Taylor Smith, Eastern Illinois
Hannah Phillips, UT Martin
Annie Wehrheim, Southeast Missouri
Rachel Holthaus, Murray State
Kaylee Frear, Jacksonville State

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