ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Tournament champion Minnesota Morris volleyball team had three repeat performers named to the UMAC Volleyball All-Conference squad announced Monday.
For the third time, junior setter Layne Herrmann garnered All-UMAC First Team nods. The Glencoe-Silver Lake product became the Cougars’ all-time assists leader during Saturday’s UMAC championship victory at Northwestern. Herrmann has totaled 3,371 career assists. She surpassed Beth Ploof’s total of 3,364 which she set in 1993. Herrmann was third in the conference in total assists this season with 1,057 (9.61/set) and ranked first in total service aces with 55.
Senior Rachel Mathias earned All-UMAC Second Team honors a year after receiving All-UMAC Honorable Mention nods. The Heron Lake native led the conference in hitting percentage (.337) and led the Cougars in kills (300) and kills/set (2.59).
All-UMAC Second Team performer Morgan Miller receives her third all-conference mention. She was a First Team member a season ago and an Honorable Mention player in 2016. The Ada-Borup product has been a major presence in the Cougar defense in her three seasons. She led the conference in total blocks for the second straight season (123).
The Cougars will make their first NCAA Tournament appearance Friday night at 8 p.m. against host Gustavus Adolphus in St. Peter.
The Cougars earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference tournament championship Saturday night at Northwestern.
Gustavus won both the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) regular season and tournament championships after posting a 27-2 overall record and 11-0 conference mark.
Minnesota Morris and Gustavus last met during the 2017 season when the Gusties topped the Cougars in three sets in a tournament in Eau Claire, Wis.
The Cougars faced six teams in the 64-team NCAA Tournament field this season and posted a 3-3 record. In the season-opening UW-Whitewater Invitational, the Cougars opened with a sweep of DePauw and then lost to UW-Whitewater in four sets. The following week in the Colorado College Invitational, the Cougars faced Pacific Lutheran (5-set loss), and Colorado College (3-set loss). UMM defeated two MIAC teams which included a four-set win at Saint Benedict and a home sweep of Augsburg.
Minnesota Morris and Gustavus will be the fourth and final match of the Friday slate in St. Peter. The rest of the schedule includes:
12:30 p.m. – Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. Augsburg
3 p.m. – UW-Eau Claire vs. St. Thomas
5:30 p.m. – Saint Benedict vs. Pacific Lutheran
8 p.m. – Gustavus Adolphus vs. Minnesota Morris