Hannibal, Mo. – The American Midwest Conference has released their post season awards for the 2016 women's volleyball season. Honored on that list are senior, Khristina Schellentrager (SR/Catheys Valley, Calif.) who received All-AMC First Team honors as well as the Champions of Character recipiant for HLGU.  Additionally, Melissa Ryan (FR/Plainfield, Ill.) received an All-AMC Honorable Mention award.

Schellentrager battled through an injury ridden season that plagued her performance during some matches.  Throughout the season she played in 96 of the 108 sets and accumulated 288 kills, 29 aces, 349 digs, and 26 blocks.  But the leadership that she has brought to the team will be sorely missed.  Throughout her three years at HLGU Schellentrager has amassed 758 kills in 263 sets played.  She was set almost 100 more times this 2016 season than in 2015.  As a senior she set season highs in her career in kills, aces, digs, and blocks.  However, her kills per game average did decrease this season as she moved to the libero position at times due to a shoulder injury.

Coach Laura King said, "Khristina has left a huge impact on the volleyball program here at HLGU. She is not only an athlete that will be hard to replace on the court, but her leadership will be missed even more.  She is an excellent student, has an incredible work ethic and leads her teammates on and off the court.  Battling injuries, she had sit out part of the season, play a different position for part of the season and play through a lot of pain most of the time.  Through this all, we still relied on her so heavily and she did a great job. She deserves this award and much more."

Ryan came in and worked hard to earn a starting role on the team as a freshman.  She played in 107 of the 108 sets and finished second on the team with 198 kills behind Schellentrager.  Ryan spent the season between the outside and opposite positions, as she helped fill the Schellentrager's position when she needed to play libero.  She served over 90% on the season while only committing 20 service errors.  Her digging improved through the season as she came in third on the team with 242.  Closing out the stat sheet she also accumulated 33 blocks.  

Coach King added, "Melissa is one of the brightest parts about the future of this program. She steps into any role that is needed with a smile on her face.  As a freshman, she showed no nerves and just played her game no matter where she was put on the court or who we were facing.  She provides much needed energy and continues to improve every day.  Her serve receive and defense this season was one of the most impressive parts of her game.  We would have never been able to get our attackers a hittable ball if it was not for Melissa.  It will be exciting to see the progress she makes over the next few years."

The Trojans also received many Academic All-Conference awards.  All those but one that were eligible received the award, which shows the emphasis that is put on being successful in the classroom.  Those honored include: Lindsey Fisher, Taylor Fry (JR/Boonville, Mo.), Emily Pfeiffer (JR/Springfield, Ill.), Shelby Maupin (JR/St. Peters, Mo.) and Khristina Schellentager.

The women's volleyball team will look to make significant strides to improve next season and already have four commitments for 2017.  If you are interested in playing for HLGU or have any questions about the program please contact Coach King at 573-629-3220 or [email protected]