Reader’s Pick: D3 Sports News 2017 Women’s Volleyball Player of the Year

With the final eight teams remaining in the NCAA D3 Women’s Volleyball Tournament taking to the floor this weekend in Grand Rapids, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at the top players in the land from this past season and let our readers choose The 2017 D3 Sports News Women’s Volleyball Player of the Year.

We’ve sorted through all the stats along with the news releases and chosen who we feel are the best of the best.

Take a look at our list and make your choice – voting will close at 7pm on 11/22.

Larysa Iwaskiw, Sr. – Ramapo

Ramapo’s Larysa Iwaskiw (Ramapo Athletics photo)

7.39 points/set (1st)
6.83 kills/set (1st)
17.50 attacks/set (1st)
628 total kills (2nd)
1610 total attacks (3rd)
3rd Team All-American

Iwaskiw started all 26 matches and played in all 92 sets for the Roadrunners leading the team on offense. She tallied 628 kills, 6.83 per set while hitting .239 this season. She also contributed with 23 assists and 19 blocks while she led the team with 387 digs, 4.21 per game and 41 service aces. She currently leads all NCAA Division III in kills per set, total kills and attacks per set.

Lindsey Peterson, Sr. – Northwestern-St. Paul

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

637 total kills (1st)
5.50 points/set (2nd)
4.85 kills/set (3rd)
1541 total attacks (5th)
708 points (4th)
11.76 attacks/set (17th)
1st Team All-American

Peterson will exit Northwestern as the program’s all-time leader in career kills (2,151) and career digs (2,234) and helped the Eagles make their third-straight NCAA Division III Sweet 16 appearance. UNW finished with a 34-7 tally – tying a school record with its 34 victories.

Peterson was three times named the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Player of the Year and was a four-time UMAC All-Conference honoree. Last week, the Sheffield, Iowa, native was named the AVCA’s Central Regional Player of the Year.

Kate Isaksen, So. – Clarkson

Clarkson’s Kate Isakson (Clarkson Athletics photo)

6.85 digs/set (1st)
3rd Team All-American

Isaksen elevated her already impressive feats from a year ago to gain Liberty League First-Team honors for the first time. The sophomore libero easily led the conference in digs with 6.71 per set, and that figure currently is the top mark in all of Division III as well. She recorded 30 or more digs in a match 11 times in 2017, including five times against regionally-ranked opponents. Isaksen also chipped in 35 service aces, the second most for the Golden Knights this year.

Jenna Lodewyk, Sr. – Calvin

Calvin’s Jenna Lodewyk (Calvin Athletics photo)

2nd Team All-American (4-time)

This season marks the fourth season Jenna Lodewyk has been named an AVCA All-American, after being named a third team selection in 2014 and a second team selection in 2015 and 2016. A 5-11 setter, Lodewyk averaged 9.55 assists-per-set and 2.08 digs-per-set this fall. She also has a hitting percentage of .381 and collected 30 service aces on the year. She was a four-time Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Specialty Player of the Week and was recently named to the All-MIAA first team for the fourth-straight year.

Erin Syversen, Sr. – Millikin

Millikin’s Erin Syversen (Millikin Athletics photo)

1674 total attacks (1st)
574 total kills (3rd)
685 points (5th)
79 service aces (11th)
11.87 attacks/set (15th)
4.82 points/set (16th)
1st Team All-American

Millikin’s Erin Syversen had 574 kills, 382 digs and 79 services aces on the season, ranking third in all of NCAA Division III in total kills. Last week Syversen was named the AVCA Midwest Region Player of the Year and selected to the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin All-Conference First Team. It was the second time in her career Syversen earned All-Conference First Team honors. Syversen led the conference in kills with 124 and was second in kills per set at 4.13. Syversen led the conference in service aces in CCIW contests with 20.

Kate Walker, So. – Johnson & Wales

Johnson & Wales’ Kate Walker (JWE Athletics photo)

.488 hitting percentage (1st)
1st Team All-American

The New England Region Player of the Year, Johnson & Wales Kate Walker leads the NCAA with a .488 hitting percentage. A two-time Great Northeast Athletic Conference Player of the Week, she tops the GNAC and is among the NCAA leaders in blocking. Over the weekend she was named to the Providence Regional All-Tournament team after 11 kills and four blocks against Wesleyan and nine kills and five more blocks versus MIT. MVP of the GNAC Tournament, she has eight matches with double-digit kills – highlighted by 14 versus #19 Juniata – to go along with nine matches with four or more blocks.

Julianne Malek, Jr. – WashU

WashU’s Julianne Malek (Photo: Danny Reise/WUSTL Photos)

.427 hitting percentage (2nd)
3rd Team All-American

WashU’s Julianne Malek led the Bears in hitting percentage (.427) and totaled 351 kills with 63 errors in 674 attempts. Malek also finished atop the Bears leaderboard in service aces with 41 on the season. Defensively, the First-Team All-University Athletic Association (UAA) honoree, contributed 91 total blocks while chipping in 80 digs.

Malek ranks second in the country in hitting percentage, 97th in blocks and 116th in total kills while the Bears competed against the nation’s 10th most difficult schedule. Against No. 2-Calvin College in the NCAA Tournament, she totaled 15 kills with a .480 hitting percentage while also tallying four digs, three block assists, an ace and an assist.

Elizabeth Wuerstle, Sr. – Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins Elizabeth Wuerstle (Johns Hopkins Athletics photo)

105 service aces (1st)
1.02 aces/set (2nd)
3rd Team All-American

JHU’s Elizabeth Wuerstle has been named to the AVCA All-American team in back-to-back seasons, and was also named the Centennial Conference Player of the Year for the second straight season. The outside hitter set the team record for aces in a season (101), match (13) and career (262). She is tops in Division III in both aces and aces per set (1.11). For the season the Kennett Square, PA native also has 251 kills with a .289 hitting percentage.

Morgan Lowenkamp, Sr. – Otterbein

Otterbein’s Morgan Lowencamp (Otterbein Athletics photo)

.404 hitting percentage (5th)
1st Team All-American

Otterbein’s Morgan Lowenkamp emerged into one of the top middles in the country this fall, ranking fifth nationally in hitting percentage (.404), blasting 402 kills and also finishing top-five in the Ohio Athletic Conference for blocking (92). She became the seventh Otterbein player to surpass 1,000 career kills along the way.

Anna Kamp, Jr. – Calvin

Calvin’s Anna Kamp (Calvin Athletics photo)

1st Team All-American
458 total kills (17th)
4.16 kills/set (18th)

Kamp was a first team AVCA Division III All-American for the second-straight year. This fall, Kamp averaged 4.16 kills-per-set and 0.41 blocks-per-set and had 23 service aces and 259 digs on the year. She was named to the All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association first team and Great Lakes All-Region team. She was also named the MIAA MVP in October.


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