QUINCY, Ill. – Quincy University senior midfielder Taylor Reis was named to the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-Midwest Region first team, and junior defender Natalie Quisenberry from the women's team was named to the second team. The CCA teams are nominated and selected by the region's sports information directors.
Reis, a Quincy Notre Dame graduate, is now eligible for the CCA All-America team, which will be released Nov. 30. He was fourth in the Great Lakes Valley Conference in points with 24, tied for fourth in goals with nine and tied for fifth in assists with six.
Reis was a first-team selection last year as well. He is a three-time All-Great Lakes Valley Conference performer and was named the GLVC Player of the Year last season. He finished his three-year QU career with 22 goals, 17 assists and 61 points.
Quisenberry, a native of St. Louis and a graduate of Lafayette High School, ranked second on the Hawks with five goals and tied for the team lead with three assists. She spending most of her time at outside back but also was featured at times in the midfield and at forward.
An All-GLVC second team selection, Quisenberry scored in five straight games from Oct. 2-16. She was the first QU player to accomplish that feat since Brittany Casey in 2012.
QU volleyball signs four
Four high school athletes signed national letters of intent to play volleyball at Quincy University.
They are Emma Lynch from Burlington, Iowa, Kaeley Mueller from Salem, Wis., Alaina Rothermich from O'Fallon, Mo. and Lauren Worl from Flora, Ind.
"I'm thrilled about the four players we signed early this year," Hawks coach Bob Crank said in a release. "All of them know what it's like to play tough in big games. They have all been in stressful situations playing for open bids at qualifiers and in district, sectional and state playoff matches.
"These players will help invigorate a program that is still on the rise."
Lynch, a 6-foot-2 right-side hitter/middle blocker who played at Burlington Notre Dame High School, was the Southeast Iowa Super Conference South Division Player of the Year, leading the conference with 476 kills as a senior. She was second at the Class 1A level and 10th across all levels in Iowa in kills. Lynch has competed at the club level in volleyball for Iowa Rockets, advancing to the National Junior Volleyball Championships in the last two years. She also played basketball at Burlington Notre Dame.
Mueller, a 5-foot-10 outside hitter/right-side hitter who played Westosha Central High School, was an All-Wisconsin second-team standout in her senior season and is a two-time all-conference first team performer. The team captain and four-year letterwinner finished her prep career with 812 kills, 196 blocks and 498 digs. Mueller helped her school to three regional championships and a state runner-up bid in 2013. She competes at the club level for Southport Volleyball Club, helping the squad to a Badger Regional championship in 2016.
Rothermich, a 5-foot-9 outside hitter/defensive specialist who played at St. Dominic High School, was the Archdiocesan Athletic Association Player of the Year last season and is a two-time all-conference and all-district standout. Rothermich plays club volleyball for Rockwood Thunder, which last season finished in the top four in three national qualifiers.
Worl, a 6-foot-1 middle blocker/outside hitter who played at Carroll High School, was a three-time all-conference and all-area standout. She finished her career with 1,144 kills, 260 blocks, 1,054 digs and 243 aces. Worl competed in the Indiana Elite North vs. South Match. She helped Carroll to a Hoosier Heartland Championship last season. The school was also a sectional runner-up in 2015 and 2016. Worl plays her club volleyball for Central Indiana Volleyball Inc.
Bumbry named all-Heart second team
The Culver-Stockton College women's volleyball team placed four players on the All-Heart of America Athletic Conference team that was announced earlier this week.
Middle hitter Monica Bumbry was named to the second team for the third consecutive season. Middle hitter Madeleine Halford, setter India Green, and libero Anna Stock all received honorable mention accolades.
Bumbry, a junior from Quincy, averaged 2.08 kills per set and recorded a team-high 198 kills. Her .241 hitting percentage ranked ninth overall in the conference. She was second on the team with 51 blocks.
Halford, a senior from Mountain Grove, Mo. had 188 kills and 48 blocks this season. Green, a junior from Quincy, averaged 6.82 assists per set, which ranked eighth in the Heart. Stock, a sophomore from Quincy, had 403 digs in her first season as a libero and recorded a team-best 24 service aces.