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Women’s Volleyball Breaks MBU History in 2015 Season

The women’s volleyball ranked second in the nation after competing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Tournament Championship match in Sioux City, Iowa, on Dec. 5, making MBU history for the team.

The Missouri Baptist women’s volleyball team closed out the season after a loss to American Midwest Conference rival Columbia College (Mo.) in the NAIA National Tournament Championship match in Sioux City, Iowa, at the Tyson Event Center on Saturday, Dec. 5.

The Spartans were able to play a record-breaking season by making it to the semifinals for the first time since 2005 with a 39-5 season record—the second highest win percentage the women’s volleyball team has recorded since 2006.

Several awards were also received at the conclusion of the tournament.

Head coach Chris Nichols was named the 2015 AVCA-NAIA Coach of the the Year, who took the helm of head coach in 2013.

“There is no one more deserving of this recognition,” said Associate Vice President and Athletic Director Tom Smith. “Year after year, Chris has produced a highly successful and competitive Women’s Volleyball team who not only possess a tremendous chemistry, but represent the essence of character driven sportsmanship embraced by all of Spartan Athletics.”

The team had four students named All-Americans, producing more in the 2015 season than any other year in University history for women’s volleyball.

Players Mallory Dillon and senior Haley Pouliezos were named to the All-Tournament team and 1st team All-Americans. This is the first time that MBU women’s volleyball has ever had two athletes make first team. Pouliezos was also named the NAIA Libero of the Year a second consecutive year—which is also a first for MBU.

Allison Krus, now a four-time All-American, was named to the 2nd team.

Hannah Carey made her first appearance on the All-American list with an Honorable Mention.

Several Spartans were also named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes: Pouliezos, Dillion, Shannon Alley, Jen Brendel, Taylor Cook, Mary Grace Graf and Haley Townsend.

Brendel was also awarded as the team’s Champion of Character.

The history-making season has concluded on a high note, and the team will welcome new Spartans to take on the 2016 season.