Eagle Volleyball has Three Selected to NAIA Scholar-Athlete List

December 9, 2013

Kansas City, MO – The NAIA office released their 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Volleyball Scholar-Athletes list this week, with three Eagles making the cut. The following Eagles received the award: Complete List

Sarah Braun – Junior | Washington, Missouri

Sarah McMillian - Junior | Belton, Missouri

Emily Koch – Junior | Topeka, Kansas

 

To qualify for the honor, student-athletes must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior or senior academic status. Overall, 391 student-athletes have been named to the 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Volleyball Scholar-Athletes list. Avila finished 4th in the HAAC behind Graceland University (5), Missouri Valley (5) and Central Methodist (4), and overall the conference placed 29 student athletes on the list.


 

Braun & Kaullen Claim All-HAAC Honors

November 19, 2013

Kansas City, MO – Junior libero Sarah Braun and freshman middle-hitter Danielle Kaullen both received All-HAAC honors for the Eagles as announced by the Heart of America Conference office this week. View the HAAC All-Conference List

Braun, a Washington, Missouri native improved in every statistical category under first year head coach Loretta McGovern. She featured in all of the Eagles 31 matches and finished second on the team in total assists with 140, grabbing a career high 29 assists against McPherson College. Braun’s serving percentage of 96.7% ranked second in the program as she committed just 11 errors on 329 services attempts. Where Braun made the biggest impact for the Eagles though was in digs, as she had a team high 468 digs on the year, 194 more than any other Eagle. Her 4.4 digs per set ranked fifth in the HAAC, only to be outdone by two First Team and two Second Team All-HAAC athletes.

 

Sarah Braun - Career Stats

Year

Team

GP

K

E

TA

Ast

SA

SE

Rec

RE

DIG

BS

BA

TB

BE

BHE

2012

AU

102

4

4

34

20

16

25

336

25

329

0

1

1

0

1

2013

AU

109

14

9

152

140

20

11

657

49

468

0

6

6

2

8

Total

211

18

13

186

160

36

36

993

74

797

0

7

7

2

9

 

Kaullen, a freshman from St. Pius X made an immediate impact in her first year as an Eagle. Kaullen featured in all 109 games for the Eagles and led the program in kills, blocks, and points. Her 20 kills against McPherson was a team high for the year. Kaullen also registered a season high 22 digs in the four set match against the Bulldogs. Kaullen’s 65 blocks on the year was the most by and Eagle since Holly Wilson’s 73 blocks during the 2011 season. With 307.5 points this season, Kaullen ranked 17th in the HAAC in kills per set in her first year as an Eagle.

 

Danielle Kaullen - 2013 Stats

Year

Team

GP

K

E

TA

Ast

SA

SE

Rec

RE

DIG

BS

BA

TB

BE

BHE

2013

AU

109

243

139

710

17

21

22

136

11

180

22

43

65

52

7


Avila Eagle Volleyball Invitational All-Tournament Team Announced

September 12, 2013

Kansas City, MO – The third annual Eagle Invitational Volleyball tournament had fifteen NAIA teams representing five different states, including Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Illinois. The tournament featured several programs that finish at the top of their respective conferences in addition to one NAIA Top 25 team in Park University (11).

To select an all-tournament team, every coach voted for the top player on their own team and on the opposing team after each match. The all-tournament team is made up of the player who received the most votes on each team.

2013 Eagle Invitational All-Tournament Team

Avila University: Emily Koch (RS) #16

Bethany College: Kaitlin Davis (MB) #4

Bethel College: Claire McStravick (MB) #23

Central Methodist University: Julia Weber (MB) #18

Haskell: Raquel Aguino (L) #2

Kansas Wesleyan University: Marlene Yang (L) #24

McPherson College: Tori Phelan (OH) #17

Missouri Valley College: Tarrah Sweet (S) #2

Oklahoma City University: Kristen Macy (OH) #15

Oklahoma Wesleyan University: Daniela Pena (OH) #30

Park University: Juliana Barros (S) #4

Peru State: Lindsey Nelson (OH) #13

Stephens College: Alyssa Beavers (MB) #8

University of Benedictine-Springfield: Makenzie Hartman (OH) #6

University of St. Mary: Allie Massanet (L) #14


 

McGovern Era Begins with Small-but-Competitive Team

2013 Season Preview

August 6, 2013

Kansas City, MO - It’s the dawn of a new, exciting era of Avila Eagles volleyball, a team that’s fresh off one of its best seasons in recent memory and with the arrival of a new head coach last spring.

Loretta McGovern replaces Krista Newman following a year as an assistant coach at Johnson County Community College and successful stints as a collegiate player at Missouri and Rockhurst. At Avila, she takes over a program on the upswing after posting an 18-15 overall record and finishing fifth in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

“I’m very excited at the opportunity to build upon the program’s growing success,” McGovern said.

McGovern was hired at Avila back on April 1, which put her behind in recruiting. As a result, the Eagles roster contains fewer players than usual – just 12 players will be available for the schedule, which includes both varsity and junior varsity games.

The Eagles also are faced with replacing Katelyn Frakes, who set school records for setting and was named the conference setter of the year last season. But, McGovern thinks she has a capable replacement in Anna Woods, a transfer from the University of Sioux Falls (Iowa), an NCAA Division II school.

“I’m really excited about her,” McGovern said. “She has two years’ experience at a high level. She’s used to playing a leadership role. She’ll do a nice job.”

In all, McGovern will welcome five newcomers, including four freshmen.

“It’s a small group,” she said. “It’s a double-edged sword. It’ll give a lot of players the chance to play, but there won’t be a lot of variety in our lineups.

“We’re upper-classmen heavy, which I like. They can help the new kids.”

Another of the Eagles’ newcomers McGovern especially is excited about is Danielle Kaullen, a freshman from St. Pius X high school in Kansas City, Mo., a 5-foot-10 middle hitter who was her school’s Scholar-Athlete as awarded by The Kansas City Star.

“She’s really athletic, a strong presence in the middle,” McGovern said.

Returner Emily Koch, a junior from Topeka, has successfully rehabilitated from a back injury last season and should be ready to make a significant contribution.

“I think, with some of the new kids and returning kids we have, we can compete for a chance to host a game in the conference tournament,” McGovern said. “I think people will be surprised.”

The Eagles open their season Aug. 27 with a match at Park University. They’ll start their home schedule by hosting the 15-team AU Eagle Invitational Sept. 6-7 at Mabee Fieldhouse.

“That’ll give us a great opportunity to a see lot of strong teams, see what’s out there,” McGovern said.


Eagles Announce McGovern to lead Eagle Volleyball

March 26, 2013

Kansas City, MO – Athletic Director Gary Gallup has announced after a nationwide search that Loretta McGovern will be taking over as Head Volleyball coach at Avila University. McGovern inherits a squad that had its first winning season in six years under former head coach Krista Newman.

Gallup had the following to say on the hiring of McGovern, ““We are very excited that Loretta is joining our great athletic staff at Avila.  Her enthusiasm for the game is contagious and her network and contacts in the Kansas City area will be very positive in the continued development of our Eagle volleyball program. ”

Growing up just down the street from Avila, McGovern was a former standout at Notre Dame de Sion high school. She was a second team All-Metro selection as a senior, and was also selected to the Kirkwood Volleyball Association all-state team.

McGovern went on to play collegiately at the University of Missouri and reached two national tournaments in her two seasons as a Tiger. McGovern stepped away from volleyball her final two years at UM to focus on her education.

After a five year hiatus from the college game, McGovern served as both a player and assistant coach at Rockhurst University under head coach Tracy Rietzke, one of the winningest coaches all-time in NCAA Volleyball. The Hawks produced winning records in all three years McGovern served on staff, including two 20-win seasons.

Over the past twelve months, McGovern has served as an assistant coach at Johnson County Community College. This past season, the Cavaliers compiled a record of 28-6, going 7-3 in the East Jayhawk Conference and finishing second in the district tournament.

In addition to her collegiate experience, McGovern served as Head JV Coach at Helias High School in Jefferson City from 2003 to 2006, Freshman Head Coach at Notre Deam De Sion in 2006, and has been a Team KC Volleyball Club coach since 2007.

With the Eagles looking to build off an 18-16 record and their second consecutive HAAC Conference tournament appearance, McGovern has high hopes for the future saying. “I would like to thank Gary Gallup and Avila for giving me this great opportunity to continue to build the reputation of Avila volleyball in the HAAC and beyond. I am very excited to build upon the program's growing success!"

McGovern earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri in journalism in advertising and a master’s degree in secondary English education from Rockhurst University.


Frakes & Stephenson Receive Scholar-Athlete Honors

December 12, 2012

Kansas City, MO - The NAIA office released their 2012 Daktronics Scholar-Athlete's list this week, and for the second year in a row, both Katelyn Frakes and Erin Stpehenson received scholar-athlete honors. Complete List

Katelyn Frakes - Senior | Peculiar, Missouri

Erin Stephenson - Senior | Lee’s Summit, Missouri

To qualify for the honor, student-athletes must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status in order qualify. 408 Women's Volleyball student-athletes nationally have been named 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.


Frakes Named HAAC Setter of the Year; Four Others Receive All HAAC Honors

November 26, 2012

Kansas City, MO – After finishing the 2012 season with an 18-15 record, the Eagles first winning season in over six years, senior setter Katelyn Frakes made some history of her own as she was the first player in the programs history to be named HAAC Setter of the Year. Katelyn was also selected to the 1st Team All HAAC squad for her second consecutive year.

Frakes, a Peculiar, Missouri native finished the 2012 season with 916 assists. Her 8.6 assists per game was good enough for second in the HAAC. Frakes also led the Eagles in assists (42) and digs (337) and finished fourth in kills (93) and total blocks (29).

In her four years at Avila, Katelyn has eclipsed the 3000 mark for assists, the 1000 mark in digs, and the 100 mark in aces.

Year

Team

GP

K

E

TA

Ast

SA

SE

Rec

RE

DIG

BS

BA

TB

BE

BHE

2009

AU

101

96

23

298

711

47

28

0

1

201

8

12

20

7

9

2010

AU

78

139

37

430

461

19

35

114

9

247

9

17

26

6

0

2011

AU

120

96

41

374

1038

46

26

43

2

457

8

24

32

3

22

2012

AU

106

93

28

339

916

42

26

37

3

337

9

20

29

6

17

Total

 

405

424

129

1441

3126

154

115

194

15

1242

34

73

107

22

48

 

Fellow senior Vanessa Hemkens received All HAAC honors for the second consecutive year as she was named to the second team squad.

The 5’7 outside hitter finished the 2012 campaign with 335 kills, leading the Eagles and ranking fourth in the conference. Hemkens’ high point of the year came against Bethany College as she registered a career high 17 kills.

Vanessa rounds out her four year career as an Eagle with over 700 kills.

Year

Team

GP

K

E

TA

Ast

SA

SE

Rec

RE

DIG

BS

BA

TB

BE

BHE

2009

AU

77

141

90

508

0

0

1

0

7

38

2

9

11

6

0

2010

AU

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

2

0

0

2011

AU

106

261

99

823

5

2

4

101

7

111

7

31

38

0

1

2012

AU

107

335

120

963

5

14

17

67

10

118

11

17

28

3

4

Total

 

293

737

309

2294

10

16

22

168

24

267

22

57

79

9

5

 

Sophomores Emily Koch (Topeka, Kan.) and Sarah McMillian (Belton, Mo.) were joined by Freshman Kelsey Wagner (Blue Springs, Mo.) on the HAAC honorable mention list.

Koch, a Second Team All HAAC performer as a freshman, finished third on the team in kills (203) and total blocks (34). After 223 games as an Eagle, Emily is just 27 kills away from reaching the half-century mark.

McMillian, a 5’11 middle-hitter led the Eagles in total blocks with 65, ranking 19th in the conference. Sarah was also fourth on the team in kills with 174 in 32 matches.

Kelsey Wagner, a 5’10 outside-hitter led the Eagles freshman class of five and finished second in the program in kills with 275, ranking 14th in the HAAC. Wagner was a key contributor in conference play as she had a career high 20 kills against culver Stockton and registered 19 kills against Benedictine College.


Eagles Make Conference Tournament As Fifth Seed

October 31, 2012

Kansas City, MO - For the second consecutive year, the Eagles have made the Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament. After making the tournament in 2011 as the eight seed, the Eagles received the fifth seed in this year’s tournament, just one spot out of hosting a playoff game. Avila will take on Baker University, the four seed, Saturday, November 3 at 7:00PM in Baldwin City, KS.

The Eagles currently rank fourth in the HAAC in hitting percentage and sixth in assists and are led by seniors Vaneesa Hemkens and Katelyn Frakes. Hemkens ranks third in the conference in kills per set while Frakes ranks fourth in the conference in total assists and service aces.

The Eagles closed out their conference schedule last night in a 0-3 loss to HAAC champions MidAmerica Nazarene and finished the year with a 4-5 record in conference, their best conference record since 2006.

The team will close out their regular season this Thursday as they travel to Fulton, MO to take on Westminster College at 5:00PM.


Frakes Named HAAC Setter of the Week

 October 2, 2012

Kansas City, MO – After defeating Benedictine College (5-16) in three straight games (25-22, 25-20, 25-20) and picking up their first win over the ravens since 2007, the Eagles were rewarded with their first HAAC Player of the Week under head coach Krista Newman.

Katelyn Frakes, a senior setter from Peculiar, MO led the Eagles to back-to-back conference wins over Benedictine and Culver-Stockton (25-15, 25-22, 19-25, 25-17) as they improved to 12-8 overall and 3-2 in the HAAC. She averaged 9.6 assists and 3.6 digs per set while also posting five kills, four blocks (two solo) and one service ace.

In 2011, Frakes was named First Team All-HAAC as she finished with 1,032 assists, ranking 58th in the nation and 2nd in the HAAC. The Eagles will hope to continue their conference winning streak as they head to Peru State (5-19, 0-4) this Friday for a 6:00PM contest in Peru, Nebraska.


Volleyball Team Looks to Continue Improvements Started Last Season - 2012 Season Preview

August 11, 2012

Kansas City, MO - To say the Avila Eagles volleyball team improved last season would be a vast understatement. Not only did the Eagles double the number of victories in the Heart of America Athletic Conference from 2010 to 2011, they increased their overall win total six-fold, improving from 3-19 to 16-18.

Having lost just one senior off last year’s squad and returning three all-conference players, coach Krista Newman is hoping to take another quantum leap forward in 2012.

“We’re hoping to build on what we started last year,” Newman said, “not only to make the conference tournament, but to advance to the late rounds.”

Leading the deep list of returning Eagles is senior Katelyn Frakes of Peculiar, Mo., a first-team all-HAAC selection and runner-up in the voting for conference setter of the year. Frakes established several Avila team records last season and led the Eagles with 1,038 assists and 46 kills.

Also adding senior experience will be fellow three-year players Vanessa Hemkens, a senior from Parkville, Mo. who led the Eagles in kills last season and earned honorable mention all-conference honors, and Erin Stephenson, a senior from Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Also back are Emily Koch, a sophomore from Topeka, Kan. who was a second-team all-conference pick at outside hitter, and Sarah McMillan, a sophomore from Belton, Mo. who will be relied on heavily in the middle of the court.

Newman said she also is excited about a group of newcomers that includes four freshmen and four junior college transfers.

Megan Hummel, a freshman from Liberty, Mo., will be looked upon to back up Frakes at setter this season. Kelsey Wagner, a freshman outside hitter from Blue Springs, Mo., Jessica Hicks, a freshman defensive specialist from Farmington, Mo. and Jaime Butrick, a freshman setter from Peculiar, round out the list of new freshmen. The leading transfer is Claire Sylvara, an outside hitter from Kansas City Kansas Community College whom Newman said should provide a lot of leadership.

“They’re hungry,” Newman said. “They’re ready to come out and work hard. Winning is a learned behavior, and these girls know how to win, know what it takes.

“I expect a lot out of these seniors.”

Newman said she expects MidAmerica Nazarene, Evangel and Baker to be three of the stronger teams in the Heart, which she considers one of the toughest conferences in all of NAIA.

“We’ll just try to get in there and compete,” she said. “I think we’ve gained the respect of the teams in the conference. We’re looking forward to getting in there and beating some teams this year.”


Eagles Announce Eight Player 2012 Signing Class

March 19, 2012

Kansas City, MO - Head Volleyball coach Krista Newman has announced that the Eagles will be adding eight new players to the squad this fall. The Eagles are looking to build off a a 2011 season that saw them finish 16-18 and make the conference tournament for the first time since 2007. Their sixteen wins surpassed their 2010 season total off just 3 and was more wins than the program had in the previous three seasons combined. The following players have chosen to continue their careers as student athletes at Avila University:

Megan Hummel -  5’8” Setter/ Opposite - Liberty North High School -Liberty, MO

Laken Walden - 5’10” Middle Blocker – Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College

Jaime Butrick – 5’8” Setter/ Opposite  - Raymore Peculiar High School – Peculiar, MO

Macayla O’Kane – 5’11” Middle Blocker – Olathe North High School – Olathe, KS

Jessica Hicks – 5’6” Defensive Specialist - Farmington, High School – Farmington, MO

Kelsey Wagoner – 5’10” Outside Hitter – Blue Springs South High School – Blue Springs, MO

Michelle Staniforth – 5’8” Outside Hitter – Morgan County R-2 High School – Versailles, MO

Sarah Braun – 5’5” Defensive Specialist -  East Central College – Union, MO


Avila Volleyball Team Members Earn All Conference Awards

Fall 2011

1st Team All Conference
Katelyn Frakes


2nd Team All Conference

Emily Koch

Honorable Mention All Conference
Vanessa Hemkens
Nicole Stewart
Holly Wilson



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