Women’s Volleyball | Tue, Aug. 17, 2021 at 10:35 AM
OTTAWA, Kan. – The 2021 KCAC Preseason Women’s Volleyball Team has been released the conference office announced on Tuesday morning. Ottawa University had three student athletes named to the team, Ayona Tharps, Ryleigh Burdick and Katelyn Elstun.
Tharps, a senior outside/right side hitter from Collinsville, Ill., was named to the team for the third straight year. In 2020, she was named NAIA All-American for the second time straight season with her Third Team selection. Tharps was also named First Team AVCA West Central Region and earned First Team All-KCAC. She was named KCAC Attacker of the Week twice. Tharps had a career high 10 digs against Central Methodist University and a season high seven solo blocks against Dordt University. She played in 37 matches, she had 399 kills, a .256 attacking percentage, six assists, 101 digs, and 106 blocks. She was ranked 11th in the NAIA in total kills (399) and 18th in total blocks (106).
Burdick, a senior outside hitter from Covington, Wash., was selected to the team for the second straight season. In 2020, Burdick was named First Team All-KCAC for the second straight season. She played in 38 matches, had 291 kills, a .226 attacking percentage, seven assists, 201 digs, and 41 blocks. Burdick had a season high 13 kills against the University of Saint Mary and a career high 15 digs versus Park University. She had three double-doubles for the season.
Elstun, a sophomore outside hitter from Overland Park, Kan., was named to the team for the first time in her career. In 2020, Elstun was named First Team All-KCAC in her first season as a Brave. She played in 39 matches, finishing the season with 315 kills, a .219 attacking percentage, 13 assists, 268 digs, and 41 blocks. Elstun had a career high 16 kills vs. Central Methodist, 13 digs twice in 2020 with the last being against Tabor College, and had three blocks versus Sterling College. She finished the year with six double-doubles and was ranked 41st in the NAIA in total kills (315).
Ottawa opens its 46th season of women’s volleyball on Friday, Aug. 20 against John Brown University in the KCAC Fall Fling in Hutchinson, Kan. at the Hutchinson Sports Arena. The match is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m.
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