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College Volleyball: Heart of America all-conference honors

by News Tribune | November 20, 2022 at 12:34 a.m.

Four area volleyball athletes received all-conference honors from the Heart of America Athletic Conference last week.

Central Methodist junior opposite hitter Callie Henson was named the Heart’s attacker of the year, in addition to receiving all-conference first-team honors.

Henson (Helias High School) led the Eagles with 363 kills this season, which ranks 64th nationally in the NAIA. She also had 93 digs and 71 total blocks.

Central Methodist junior libero Krystal Brauner was also named to the all-conference first team.

Brauner (Helias High School) had a team-high 526 digs for the Eagles, which ranks 67th in the NAIA. She added 90 assists and 23 service aces.

Central Methodist sophomore outside hitter Annabelle Maassen was named to the all-conference second team.

Maassen (Jefferson City High School) was third on the team with 176 kills and second behind Brauner with 302 digs. She recorded a pair of double-doubles in kills and digs.

William Penn senior outside hitter Corrin Lepper was picked on the all-conference third team, giving her four straight seasons on the all-conference list.

Lepper (Jefferson City High School) tallied 219 kills, which ranked fourth on the Statesmen, and posted a team-best .325 hitting percentage. She also had 103 blocks.

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Central Methodist ended its season Saturday with a 25-15, 25-18, 21-25, 27-29, 9-15 loss to Saint Xavier in the first round of the NAIA volleyball national championships.

Henson finished with a team-high 17 kills for the Eagles and Brauner had a team-high 18 digs. Maassen also recorded eight digs with a pair of service aces in the loss.

Central Methodist, ranked No. 19 in the NAIA, ends its season with a 21-9 record.

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