Beller Earns Central Region Player Of The Year Honor; Brahmer, Cada Also Listed

Beller Earns Central Region Player Of The Year Honor; Brahmer, Cada Also Listed
Courtesy of Wayne State Athletics.

WAYNE – A trio of Wayne State College volleyball players have been recognized among the Central Region ahead of this weekend’s tournament.

According to a release from Wayne State Athletics, sophomore middle hitter Taya Beller was announced Thursday morning as the D2CCA Central Region Player of the Year as voted on by sports information directors in the Central Region. Two other Wildcats also received D2CCA All-Central Region honors as sophomore middle hitter Maggie Brahmer was voted First Team while junior outside hitter Kelsie Cada was a Second Team honoree.

Beller, a 6-2 sophomore middle hitter from Lindsay, was the NSIC Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-NSIC selection this season for the Wildcats. She leads Wayne State in hitting this season at 3.91 kills per set (3rd-NSIC) and is second in the league and sixth in NCAA Division II in hitting percentage (.407) while ranking fourth in the NSIC in points per set (4.48) and ninth in blocks (0.97). Beller was a three-time NSIC Offensive Player of the Week selection this season and named AVCA/GameChanger Division II National Player of the Week September 27th.

Brahmer, a 6-0 sophomore middle hitter from Pierce, was a repeat First Team All-NSIC honoree for Wayne State this season and named All-Central Region for the first time. She leads the NSIC and ranks third in NCAA Division II with a .451 hitting percentage and is second in the NSIC in blocks per set (1.16), seventh in points per set (3.99) and 10th in kills per set (3.30). Brahmer was named NSIC Offensive Player of the Week twice this season and Defensive Player of the Week once while also being voted Most Valuable Player of the Colorado Premier Challenge.

Cada, a 6-0 junior outside hitter from Wahoo, was a First Team All-NSIC selection this season for the Wildcats after recording 14 double-doubles.  She averages 3.50 kills and 2.98 digs per set for the Wildcats, ranking sixth in the league in kills and points per set (4.08). Cada was named NSIC Offensive Player of the Week October 17th and was voted to the Colorado Premier Challenge All-Tournament Team this season.

#2 Wayne State College is 29-2, being the top-seed and host of the NCAA Central Region Tournament. WSC will open with No. 8 seed (#24) Harding of Arkansas at 7:30 p.m. from Rice Auditorium on Friday, November 18.

 

2022 D2CCA Volleyball Central Region Player of the Year

Taya Beller, Wayne State (Neb.) College (MH/RS, 6-2, So., Lindsay, Neb.)

 

2022 First Team D2CCA Central All-Region Team

OH       !Jasmine Mulvihill – Concordia-St. Paul (5-11, Jr., Lakeville, Minn.)

OH       Sydney Huck – Central Oklahoma (5-10, Fr., McKinney, Texas)

OH       #Payton Kirchhoefer – Northwest Missouri State (5-10, So., Omaha, Neb.)

MB       Taya Beller – Wayne State (Neb.) College (6-2, So., Lindsay, Neb.)

MB       Maggie Brahmer – Wayne State (Neb.) College (6-0, So., Pierce, Neb.)

L/DS     Jaedynn Evans – Central Oklahoma (5-7, So., Kalona, Iowa)

S          Alyssa Rezac – Northwest Missouri State (5-7, Jr., Wahoo, Neb.)

2022 Second Team D2CCA Central All-Region Team

OH       Kelsie Cada – Wayne State (Neb.) College (6-0, Jr., Wahoo, Neb.)

OH       Jaden Ferguson – Northwest Missouri State (6-0, Jr., Lincoln, Neb.)

OH       Sally Gaul – Northern State University (6-0, Grad., Des Moines, Iowa)

MB       Halle Meister – Washburn (5-11, Sr., Omaha, Neb.)

MB       Kelli McKinnon – Harding (6-0, Sr., Trophy Club, Texas)

L/DS     Erika Bute – Augustana (S.D.) (5-5, Sr., Aiden, Minn.)

S          Teagan Starkey – Concordia-St. Paul (5-8, So., Lakeville, Minn.)

# –  First team selection in 2021                          ! – Second team selection in 2019

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