By Gary R. Rasberry
Area athletes were recipients of a number of postseason honors, especially on the volleyball court.
Wright State hitter Sarah Poling earned first-team All-Horizon League honors after helping the Raiders advance to the HL championship match in Chicago.
The St. Henry grad was fourth in the HL in kills with 3.68 per game and fifth in digs with 4.11 per game.
Steineman earned All-HCAC honors
The Heartland Conference honored its top volleyball players with postseason awards. Defiance College's Julie Steineman (New Bremen) took first-team honors after ranking in the top 10 in four categories. Steineman led the HCAC in blocks with 1.46 per game and seventh in both hitting percentage (.278) and kills (3.39 kpg..). Steineman also was 10th in service aces with 0.36 per game.
Stoner earned NCAC honors
Allegheny College setter Traci Stoner (Celina) was named to the All-North Coast Athletic Conference second team after a solid season that saw the 5-8 setter lead the conference in hitting percentage
Stoner was fourth in assists with 11.50 apg.., but her .464 hitting percentage was the top individual tally in the conference.
Stoner was also fourth in aces (0.44 apg..) and seventh in digs (4.94 dpg..).
Celina pair earn SAC honors
Carson-Newman College went 17-17 overall, but came through with a 9-5 record in the South Atlantic Conference.
Kari Gibson (Celina) earned first team All-SAC honors for her work as a setter. Gibson averaged 8.69 apg.. during the season and added 275 kills.
Freshman Kelsey Fleck (Celina) was named to the All-Freshman team after averaging 2.28 kills and 0.47 blocks per game during the season.
Wuebker earns A10 honors
Duquesne senior Diana Wuebker (St. Henry) wrapped up a solid career in earning second-team honors in the Atlantic 10 Conference this season.
Wuebker averaged 2.64 kills, 1.14 blocks and 3.80 digs per game in the A10 this season. Wuebker earned four All-A10 awards in her career and was also named to the All-Academic list.
Fort Lora-mie native Faye Bar-horst, who guided Dayton to the A10 title and an NCAA appearance, was named the Player of the Year.
Puthoff earns GLIAC, Region Honors
Findlay junior Erin Puthoff (Marion) earned first-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors this season, then received first team honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association for the Great Lakes Region.
Puthoff was seventh in the GLIAC in kills with 3.90 per game as the Oilers went 22-10 overall and 12-6 in the conference.
Puthoff went over 1,000 kills for her career this season.
Olding, Roth make it to Nationals again
The NCAA Women's Cross Country Championships once again had a local feel to them as a pair of Grand Lake stars took part.
Notre Dame sophomore Sunni Olding (Minster) finished 34th in the race in a time of 20:29.60. The Irish finished seventh in the race as a team.
North Carolina State senior Kris Roth (Celina) finished 176th place in a time of 21:51.0 as the Wolfpack placed 14th overall. Former Spencerville star and state champion Angela Homan (Auburn) finished 30th overall.