Tech’s Molesworth, Korol named All-Americans

Tech’s Molesworth, Korol named All-Americans
Montana Tech All-Americans Angela Molesworth, left, and Masha Korol are shown in these Butte Sports file photos.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Montana Tech’s Masha Korol and Angel Molesworth are All-Americans.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2017 Women’s Volleyball All-America teams today, and the two Orediggers were named to the second team.

Both players were named First Team All-Region by the AVCA. Their Second Team All-America honor is the highest by an Oredigger under sixth-year head coach Brian Solomon. Solomon has had three Honorable Mention All-Americans previously.

Korol, a junior outside hitter, was previously named the 2017 Frontier Conference Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. The Ukraine native finished the season with 377 kills averaging 2.86 per set with a .245 hitting percentage. Korol had double digit kills 24 times this season including a season high 23 during the NAIA National Tournament.

Molesworth, a senior outside hitter, pounded 376 kills for the Orediggers. She averaged 2.83 per set with a .248 hitting percentage. Molesworth, from Gilbert, Arizona, was named Frontier Attacker of the Week three times this past season. Molesworth hit double-digit kills in 23 matches.

Montana Tech reached 20-wins for the second season in a row this year. The Orediggers tallied a 24-10 overall record and went 10-2 in conference action. Tech reached the final 16 teams at the NAIA National Tournament for just the second time in school history.

Montana Western’s Dylan Fowler, a junior libero from Belgrade, received an honorable mention, as did Carroll College’s Holly Morehouse.

2017 NAIA Women’s Volleyball Awards Selections

Player of the Year: Makenzie Montano, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), S, Sr, Louisville, KY

Coach or the Year: Chad Hanson, Dordt College (Iowa)

Libero of the Year: Jill Bax, Hastings (Neb.), Libero, Sr, Lincoln, Neb.

First Team
NameInstitutionPosYrHometown
Marija DjonovicCollege of IdahoSJrPodorica, Montenegro
Alaina GentiliCorban (Ore.)MBSrSpokane Valley, Wash.
Kendra ZwartCornerstone (Mich.)MBJrJenison, Mich.
Ema AltenaDordt (Iowa)OHJrSioux Center, Iowa
Jamie GesinkDordt (Iowa)SJrSioux Center, Iowa
Jill BaxHastings (Neb.)LiberoSrLincoln, Neb.
Katie PlackeHastings (Neb.)S/OppSrGrand Island, Neb.
Makenzie MontanoLindsey Wilson (Ky.)SSrLouisville, Ky.
Priscilla O’DowdMidland (Neb.)MBJrOmaha, Neb.
Anna KielNorthwestern (Iowa)MBSoMaurice, Iowa
Nada MeawadPark (Mo.)OHFrCairo, Egypt
Natalie GeidelViterbo (Wis.)MBSrWest Bend, Wis.
Amelia GrahnViterbo (Wis.)SSrMadison, Wis.
Libby DahlbergWestmont (Calif.)MBJrSacramento, Calif.
Second Team
NameInstitutionPosYrHometown
Maddie SquiersBellevue (Neb.)SSoKearney, Neb.
Annija AbolinaCampbellsville (Ky.)OppSrRiga, Latvia
Taylor AlexanderCollege of IdahoOppJrOntario, Ore.
Caroline CliffordColumbia (Mo.)OHJrSpringfield, Mo.
Amber ParkerCorban (Ore.)OHSrAlbany, Ore.
Madisen GarlieEastern OregonMBSrChallis, Idaho
Haley GlasoeJamestown (N.D.)MBSrWildrose, N.D.
Grace BlomstedtLindsey Wilson (Ky.)MBJrRed Oak, Iowa
Paulina SobolewskaLindsey Wilson (Ky.)OHFrZuromin, Poland
Jessica PetersMidland (Neb.)SJrOmaha, Neb.
Katarina KrstonosicMissouri Valley (Mo.)OHSrKincada, Serbia
Masha KorolMontana TechOHJrUkrainka, Ukraine
Hailey CopingaRocky Mountain (Mont.)OppJrBillings, Montana
Amy HornerTabor (Kan.)OHSrArtesia, N.M.
Third Team
First NameInstitutionPosYrHometown
Shayla ScanlanBellevue (Neb.)OppJrPlattsmouth, Neb.
Darcy LathamCentral Methodist (Mo.)OHSrBismarck, Mo.
Amanda MillerEastern OregonOHSrKennewick, Wash.
Jalin YoderEmbry Riddle (Ariz.)OHJr.Fountain Hills, Ariz.
Madison WendelJamestown (S.D.)MBSrCarrington, N.D.
Karlie KellyMadonna (Mich.)OHSrRomeo, Mich.
Kacee SalyersMarian (Ind.)OHSrStoutsville, Ohio
Marion CouraudMissouri Baptist (Mo.)OHSrTourrettes sur Loup, France
Angela MolesworthMontana TechOHSrGilbert, Ariz.
Danna GomesPark (Mo.)SJrRio de Janeiro, Brazil
Whitney BattoeSt. Thomas (Fla.)OHSrNaperville, Ill.
Kacie StollTrinity Christian (Ill.)OPPJrLombard, Ill.
Baylee GrossViterbo (Wis.)LiberoSrWest Bend, Wis.
Michelle CalderonWebber Intl (Fla.)LiberoSrOrlando, Fla.
Honorable Mention
First NameInstitutionPosYrHometown
Bria BuchananAntelope Valley (Calif.)MHJr.North Las Vegas, NV
Kayla MoranAsbury (Ky.)MHSrColumbus, OH
Ashley SparksBaker (Kan.)OHJrWellsville, KS
Taylor GarnerBenedictine (Kan.)SSrPhoenix, AZ
Holly MorehouseCarroll (Mont.)OppSrAnchorage, AK
Zori CurryColumbia (Mo.)MHSrOklahoma City, OK
Hope LeppinkCornerstone (Mich.)SSrHolland, Michigan
Allison KuenleDoane (Neb.)OHSoNorth Platte, NE
Jenny HowellGeorgetown (Ky.)OppSrCincinnati, OH
Caroline RicksGeorgetown (Ky.)OHSrNew Washington, IN
Alexa HillGrace (Ind.)SSoHuntington, IN
Casey KrolikowskiHastings (Neb.)OHSrCairo, NE
Katie LandazuriHope (Calif.)OHSrTemecula, CA
Nyssa BakerIndiana Univ KokomoMHFrFort Wayne, IN
Lindy ThomasIndiana Univ KokomoOHSrParker City, IN
Ashley McClintockIU South Bend (Ind.)MHSrWestville, IN
Elise PetersonJamestown (S.D.)LibSrKasson, MN
Jessica MeyerJohn Brown (Ark.)MSoWindsor, CO
Kelsey PlummerKansas WesleyanMHSrWestmoreland, KS
Kiana KrummLa Sierra (Calif.)OHSo.Riverside, CA
Elly BurkeLindsey Wilson (Ky.)OppSoLouisville, KY
Amanda HawkinsMadonna (Mich.)MHSrLivonia, MI
Hannah BettgeMidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)SSrGardner, KS
Taylor CowanMidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)MHSrLenexa, KS
Caterina CigariniMissouri BaptistMHSoModena, Italy
Mirella GatterdamMobile (Ala.)OHSoPensacola, FL
Alex KarcherMobile (Ala.)MHSrGulf Breeze, FL
Dylan FowlerMontana WesternLibJrBelgrade, MT
Alysanne Van DykeNorthwest (Wash.)LibSrEdmonds, WA
Stephanie HanewoldNorthwestern OhioMHSrJanesville, WI
AJ HorstmanNorthwestern (Iowa)OHSoPella, IA
Sanja VojnovicOklahoma CitySSrBijeljina, Bosnia
Jeslyn RoatOlivet Nazarene (Ill.)OHSrGreenview, IL
Kenna HallOttawa (Kan.)MHJrDeSoto, KS
Adriana SkipperOttawa (Kan.)SSrDallas, TX
Bailei HubbardOur Lady of the Lake (Texas)MFrHelotes, TX
Raven SwainOur Lady of the Lake (Texas)OHSrPflugerville, TX
Danielle CurnesCollege of the Ozarks (Mo.)OHSr.Reeds Spring, MO
Rielly DobbsCollege of the Ozarks (Mo.)SSoNixa, MO
Cristina VieraPeru State (Neb.)LibSrMontevideo, Uruguay
Joely RoePresentation (S.D.)LibJrFiler, ID
Sydney MathenyRocky Mountain (Mont.)MHSrGillette, WY
Kaitlin BoydSoutheastern (Fla.)MHSrLakeland, FL
Jessica SodichSouthwestern Assem (Texas)OHSrArlington, TX
Courtney JoyceSaint Xavier (Ill.)SSrChicago, IL
Bridget KrasowskiSaint Xavier (Ill.)OHSrOak Lawn, IL
Shelby StinnettTexas WesleyanOHSrHaslet, TX
Morgan KochThe Master’s (Calif.)MHSr.Grass Valley, CA
Rachel AndrewsUnion (Ky.)OppSrLouisville, KY
Clarissa OlsonValley City State (N.D.)MHJrValley City, ND
Juanae JohnsonVanguard (Calif.)OppSrSanta Monica, CA
Rebecca LowdenVanguard (Calif.)LibJrGlendora, CA
Aubrey AspenViterbo (Wis.)MHJrSparta, Wi
Maya RobertsViterbo (Wis.)OppFrWatertown, WI
Janessa MastWarner Pacific (Ore.)OHSrHillsboro, WA
Carlee BaxterWebber International (Fla.)SSoDaytona Beach, FL
Taylor BeckmanWestmont (Calif.)OHSrLake Oswego, OR
Samantha NeelyWestmont (Calif.)OppJr.Whittier, CA
Cassidy ReaWestmont (Calif.)OppSoVentura, CA
Brittney EngelbrechtWilliam Woods (Mo.)SSrJefferson City, MO


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