ECC Volleyball ends much-improved 2012 season
The Ellsworth Community College (ECC) volleyball team ended its season on Saturday with a 3-1 loss to Iowa Central in the Region IX-A Championship game. After having a less than satisfactory year last year (19-22, 9th in the conference), the Panthers improved to 23-17 this season, finishing 4th in the conference and 2nd in Region IX-A.
“I couldn’t be more proud of my team this year,” says Head Coach Melanie Lane. “We played some of our best volleyball in the last couple weeks, at the Conference Showcase last weekend and this week first beating SWCC in 3 in the first round of Regional play, then taking a game from Iowa Central, which we haven’t done all year. We peaked at the right time, and I know we surprised some people in the conference. We’ll have most of our team returning next year, and we’re planning to make another run at Nationals.”
End of the season honors were bestowed as follows:
1st Team All-Region XI-A – Abby Robeson, Waterloo, and Alli Hornbrook, West Des Moines.
2nd Team All-Region XI-B – Ahna Bruns, Britt.
All-Tournament Team – Abby Robeson and Alli Hornbrook.
All Conference Honorable Mention: Alli Hornbrook, Abby Robeson and Ahna Bruns.
End of the season stat leaders were Ahna Bruns (311 kills, 99 blocks), Mary Besler of Iowa City (215 kills), Alli Hornbrook (628 set assists, 30 service aces), Burgundy Oelmann of Iowa Falls (541 set assists), and Abby Robeson (566 digs, 27 service aces).