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Five Cougars Receive Crossroads Postseason Awards

From MVNU:

AVON, Ohio – Alyson Near, Ashley Gingerich, Katelyn Dufur, Kristen Osborn, and Kelsey Bryte of Mount Vernon Nazarene University volleyball each were honored with postseason Crossroads League awards.

The entire list of Crossroads League award winners is included above in the league announcement.

The senior libero Gingerich took home a First Team All-Crossroads League distinction for the second consecutive season, and she also earned Second-Team honors as a freshman in 2014. Gingerich is from Plain City, Ohio and attended Shekinah Christian High School prior to her illustrious career at MVNU, where she surpassed 2,000 career digs to rank in the Top-10 in school history for that category.

She topped the Crossroads League in both total digs (785) and digs per set (5.8), and her dig total currently has her ranked No. 6 in the NAIA for that category. Throughout the season, Gingerich was a defensive presence from the back row and performed well enough to claim two Crossroads League Defender of the Week honors.

Osborn, the junior outside hitter from Salem, Ohio and Heartland Christian High School, was a member of the Second Team All-Crossroads League. It was the third consecutive season Osborn earned postseason accolades, after being named to the First Team All-Crossroads League as a freshman and sophomore. Despite missing a few matches over the final stretch of the season, Osborn finished second in the Crossroads League in total kills (400), first in kills per set (3.3), and No. 7 in hitting percentage (0.236). Osborn also contributed defensively to the Cougar cause with 345 digs (2.9 per set), which ranked No. 16 in the Crossroads League and helped her eclipse 1,000 digs in her MVNU career this far.

Near, Dufur, and Bryte each were recognized as Crossroads League Honorable Mention performers.

Near concluded her strong career as a middle hitter for the Cougars, displaying quality timing on the block to produce the second most blocks in the league with 123, 38 of which were solo. The Apple Creek, Ohio native and Waynedale High School product was also third on the team with 246 kills, (1.8 per set) and a hitting percentage of 0.199.

Dufur was named the Crossroads League Setter of the Week four times throughout the 2017 season, and acclimated well to the new position as a junior. The Mount Vernon High School graduate and transfer from Akron University finished the year with 1,161 assists and 8.5 per set, No. 3 in the Crossroads League for both categories. Dufur’s season was also highlighted by two “triple-doubles,” when she recorded double-digit marks in kills, assists and digs in wins over Bethel College and Shawnee State on Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, respectively.

Bryte continued to be one of the more productive hitters in the league in her final season for Head Coach Paul Swanson, as she found the floor with 382 attacks on the season, fourth most in the Crossroads. She hit at a 0.233 clip, and began the year as one of the setters in a two-setter system, recording 243 assists. The Lake High School alumnus and native of Hartville, Ohio surpassed the milestone of 1,000 career kills with eight in a straight set victory over Point Park on Oct. 19.

The five All-Crossroads League honorees for the Cougars helped lead MVNU to a record of 18-18 and a Crossroads League Tournament Quarterfinal appearance, where it fell to regular season champion Marian in straight sets.

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