Lakeland Volleyball Nets Five All-Conference Awards
Athletics - posted on 11/8/2005
Lakeland College senior Heather Heberlien won her second straight Lake Michigan Conference Player of the Year award, highlighting the announcement of the All-LMC team on Tuesday.
The Lakeland volleyball team had five players in all receive honors.
Heberlien, a right side hitter from Kiel, leads the Muskies in kills (387) and is third in blocks (58).
"It was a nice surprise to find out Heather was named MVP," said Lakeland head coach Chad Schreiber. "The top players were much more competitive amongst each other. She should be flattered that the conference coaches thought that despite the increased competition near the top she was still ahead of the group."
Joining Heberlein as first team All-LMC honorees were fellow seniors Lana Neuman (Hortonville/Hortonville) and Danielle Duranceau (Waukesha/West).
Earning honorable mention honors was senior Nikki Boeckh (McHenry, Ill./Johnsburg).
"I am so glad that we were able to have four of the seniors honored," said Schreiber. "At the same time, I want to pay special mention to Danielle, who has really paid her dues over the years.
"She went from someone in the support role and played that role with a team attitude to being able to receive personal recognition in her senior year. She deserves to receive some personal recognition because of the sacrifice she made for the betterment of the team up until this year."
Neuman earned her third first team honor as she was on the squad in 2003 and 2004. The setter led Lakeland in assists with 1,037, which is the fourth best season in the Lakeland record books. She also owns the third spot in the season assist record with 1,193 in 2003.
Duranceau is making her first appearance on the All-LMC team. She is currently second in kills this season with 307.
Boeckh has 214 kills so far this season and is second in blocks with 65.
Freshmen Heidi Kramer (Green Bay/NEW Lutheran) was named to the All-Rookie team. The outside hitter, who started for a few games early in the season, has 110 kills, 12 blocks and 83 digs in her debut season.
The Muskies (23-15) will participate in the NCAA Division III Tournament Thursday for the fourth straight season.
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