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Providence's Kelsey Shaver leads 7 Frontier Conference players on NAIA volleyball all-American list

Posted: 1:06 PM, Dec 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-10 15:23:54-05
Kelsey Shaver

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Providence outsider hitter Kelsey Shaver was named an NAIA first-team all-American on Tuesday, leading seven Frontier Conference players to receive recognition.

Montana Tech libero Sabrino Hopcroft was a third-team selection, while Carroll College outside hitter Lexi Mikkelson, Tech outside hitter Maureen Jessop, Rocky Mountain College setter Natalie Hilderman, Rocky outside hitter Daniella Russell and Lewis-Clark State right-side hitter Tori Edwards were honorable mentions.

Shaver was a second-team all-American last season, but the senior from Scotts Valley, Calif., closed out her career in style. She finished with 443 kills -- 4.5 per set -- with a hitting percentage of .239 to lead the Frontier Conference. Shaver, the Frontier Conference player of the year, also led the Argos with 36 aces and added 58 blocks and 377 digs.

Hopcroft, a senior from Florence, is a four-time all-Frontier Conference selection and was named the league's libero of the year after averaging six digs per set. She finished with 734 digs on the season, which ranked ninth in the NAIA. Hopcroft ended her career with a Tech-record 2,568 digs.

Jessop, a true freshman from Corvallis, led the Orediggers with a .207 hitting percentage and finished with 404 total kills.

Mikkelsen, a sophomore from Nine Mile Falls, Wash., led the Saints with 296 kills, averaging 2.74 kills per set with a hitting percentage of .215.

Russell, a senior from Red Lodge, finished the 2019 season with 342 kills, 185 digs and 52 total blocks, and Hilderman, a junior from Red Lodge, had 1,030 assists, 99 kills and 43 total blocks. Hilderman was named the Frontier Conference setter of the year for the second consecutive season.

Edwards finished the season with 319 kills and a .290 hitting percentage for the Warriors. The complete NAIA all-America lists can be found here .