OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- The Association of Division III Independents has released the 2017 fall All-Independent selections, and 14 Sabercats have made the cut, as voted on by AD3I members.
Katie Bender highlights the selections, as she was voted Libero of the Year. Bender led the Association in digs and earns the first-team honor for the second season running.
Regina DeLozier was honored as the AD3I Coach of the Year. This is the second consecutive year that DeLozier has received the award. The recognition comes two weeks after DeLozier was named as the NCCAA North Region Coach of the Year.
This is the fifth consecutive season that Maranatha has placed 10 or more student-athletes on the All-Independent lists. This streak extends back to when MBU joined the AD3I in 2013.
Twelve Sabercats made the first team this year. This is the largest group of fall student-athletes from MBU that have made that list.
A breakdown of the recipients and their placement is listed below:
|Nathan Akers||MSOC||1st Team||AD3I 4th: Points|
|Katie Bender||WVB||1st Team||Libero of the Year|
|Lexi Bueltel||WVB||1st Team||3rd Consecutive|
|Brett Cournoyer||MSOC||1st Team|
|Jeremiah Doak||MXC||1st Team|
|Claire Hansel||WVB||2nd Team|
|Madelyn Hansel||WXC||1st Team|
|Caleb Hockema||MSOC||1st Team|
|Karley Johnson||WVB||1st Team||AD3I 3rd: Assists|
|Cameron Rankin||MXC||1st Team|
|Alexis Sponable||WSOC||1st Team||AD3I 3rd: Goals|
|Maddie Suderman||WVB||2nd Team|
|Andrew Taylor||MSOC||1st Team||AD3I 1st: Saves|
|Sarah Vander Pluym||WXC||1st Team|
For more on the AD3I, click here.