VOLLEYBALL VOTE: Who owns the Net in D3 Women’s Volleyball?

We’ve looked over that stats for D3 Women’s Volleyball and have put together of the top players that have dominated play at the net this season.

Take a look for yourself, and vote for your pick for the top net-player in the land.

(voting closes at 7pm central on 10/17; stats are through games played October 9 per NCAA website)


Larysa Iwaskiw – Ramapo/Sr.

Ramapo’s Larysa Iwaskiw (Ramapo Athletics photo)

6.91 kills/set (1st)
1182 total attacks (1st)
470 total kills (1st)
721.5 points (3rd)

Ramapo senior Larysa Iwaskiw recorded 33 kills during a September victory over New Jersey Athletic Conference foe William Paterson, leading the Roadrunners in their offensive attack. She also became the all-time kills leader in Ramapo College history in men’s or women’s volleyball. Iwaskiw recorded this career milestone during the second set of the four set match with her 2,011th career kill. During the Roadrunners victory over Montclair State this week, Iwaskiw recorded a double-double with 34 kills and 14 digs, also recording one ace and two assists in the match.


Kristen Sipling – Alvernia/Sr.

Alvernia’s Kristen Sipling (Alvernia Athletics photo)

5.07 kills/set (2nd)
643 total attacks (12th)
385 total kills (2nd)

Two-time MAC Commonwealth Player of the Week, Alvernia’s senior outside hitter Kristen Sipling surpassed 1,000 kills for her career on in September during a tri-match sweep of Marywood and Misericordia University.

Sipling had 16 kills in a 3-0 win over Marywood in the middle match of the day then came back with 21 kills in a 3-1 win over the host Cougars.  Sipling has been over 20 kills in nine matches this season, including a 32 kill showing in the opener against Moravian.


Hannah Shields – Averett/Jr.

Averett’s Hannah Shields (Averett Athletics photo)

731.5 points(2nd)
353 total kills (4th)
4.64 kills/set (7th)
840 total attacks (25th)

Sitting atop the USA South Conference with a perfect 8-0 record, and 20-2 overall, Averett is led by their senior Hannah Shields. Her 353 total kills leads the USA South by 80 kills, and her 4.64 kills per set is 1.40 k/s ahead of the two-spot. She was named USA South Player of the Week for September 11th after posting a week where she averaged 4.60 kills, with a .251 hitting percentage and 3.95 digs per set as the Cougars posted a 3-2 record. Shields posted four double-doubles out of her five matches played.


Lindsey Petersen – Northwestern-St. Paul/Sr.

Northwestern-St. Paul’s Lindsey Peterson (Russ & Kathy Nelson/NWSP Athletics photo)

4.99 kills/set (3rd)
384 total kills (3rd)
708 points (4th)
918 total attacks (15th)

For four consecutive times this season, UNW’s Lindsey Peterson earned the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference volleyball offensive player of the week award. The senior standout had a monster week in the final week of September, as she helped the Eagles remain unbeaten in UMAC play, as well as sweep No. 17 St. Thomas. The outsider hitter collected 65 kills [5.41 kills/set], hit a whopping .404 with just eight errors in 141 attempts, and racked up 41 digs.


Grace Cergol – SUNY Geneseo/So.

SUNY Geneseo’s Grace Cergol (SUNY Geneseo Athletics photo)

1018 total attacks (4th)
384 total kills (7th)
4.50 kills/set (9th)

SUNY Geneseo sophomore outside hitter Grace Cergol was honored as the State University of New York Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the third time in the past four weeks.

Cergol led the Knights to three victories, including two crucial conference wins, in four matches, with 69 kills, 4.6 kills per set, 50 digs, and 73.5 points. She totaled 16 kills and 10 digs in a 3-1 win over Cortland on Friday and also had 16 kills and 21 digs in a 3-1 win over Buffalo State on Saturday. In the Knights’ 3-2 setback to Brockport, Cergol compiled 30 kills, which tied for the fourth-highest total in a five-set match in Division III this season, and also added 14 digs in a battle of the top-two teams in the league.


Karrah Davis – Dubuque/Sr.

Dubuque’s Karrah Davis (Dubuque Athletics photo)

331 total kills (8th)
4.60 kills/set (8th)
862 total attacks (22nd)

Dubuque’s Karrah Davis leads the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in total kills and kills per set, and in the recent Spartan victory over Grinnell, Davis led the way with 20 of UD’s 46 kills and had four service aces as well.


Olivia Wall – MacMurray/So.

MacMurray’s Olivia Wall (MacMurray Athletics photo)

316 total kills (T12th)
1147 total attacks (2nd)

MacMurray sophomore Olivia Wall’s 1147 total attacks ranks second in all of D3, and her 316 total kills leads the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.


April Gehl – UW-Stevens Point/So.

UW-Stevens Point’s April Gehl (UWSP Athletics – Kylie Bridenhagen photo)

351 total kills (5th)
997 total attacks (6th)

UW-Stevens Point sophomore April Gehl had a career-high 25 kills in the Pointer’s recent win over Augsburg and earned her eighth double-double in 10 matches by adding 14 digs. She also led the Pointers with 16 kills in the opening match against Martin Luther College. Gehl ranks in the top-10 in all of D3 in total kills with 351 and total attacks with 997.


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