KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Hailey Copinga, a 5’10” right side hitter for Rocky Mountain College, was honored as an NAIA Second Team All-American Tuesday, while the selection committee also named Rocky middle blocker Sydney Matheny an honorable mention All-American.
Copinga, a junior from Billings, Montana, finished the season with 315 kills and hitting .265. She finished with double-digit kills a total of 11 times, including eight times in the final 10 matches of the year. Copinga also recorded 469 digs with 25 matches of 10-plus. She ended the season with a remarkable 20 kills and 35 digs in the Frontier Conference Tournament championship match against Montana Tech.
Her 11 double-doubles ranked second on the team and she would also tally 24 service aces and 112 assists. Copinga led the Battlin’ Bears with 104 total blocks and 397 points.
Copinga is just the sixth player in Rocky history to be named to one of the three NAIA All-American Teams and the first since 2015.
Matheny, a senior from Gillette, Wyoming, appeared in 30 matches and 105 sets for the Battlin’ Bears this season. She recorded 256 kills and was in double figures 10 times. Matheny ended the year ranked 47th in the NAIA in hitting .301. She was second on the team with 102 total blocks and was fifth in the Frontier at 0.97 blocks per set.
Matheny’s first honorable mention All-American award is the first by a Rocky player since 2015.
Rocky finished the 2017 season with a 23-11 overall record. They placed second in the Frontier after going 9-3 in conference games and then advanced to the championship match of the Frontier Conference Tournament.