SEWARD, Neb. – A trio of members from of Concordia University volleyball represented the program on the list of all-conference teams released on Wednesday (Nov. 15) by the GPAC. Sophomore Emmie Noyd rose to second team status while freshman Tara Callahan and sophomore Alex La Plant collected honorable mention accolades.
In terms of efficiency, Noyd served as the most reliable attacker for Bulldog volleyball this season. Her .308 hitting percentage ranked fourth in the GPAC and 39th nationally. She piled up 176 kills while averaged 2.2 per set from her spot in the middle. She added 72 blocks over 79 sets played in 2017. The native of Shelby, Neb., turned in a career high 16 kills at Missouri Valley College on Aug. 26 as part of a weekend when she was named to the All-Viking Invitational Team. Noyd posted double-digit kill totals in six separate matches.
Callahan, who hails from Brady, Neb., figures to be a big part of the program’s future along with La Plant and Noyd. Callahan completed her first collegiate season with 889 assists (9.0/set), 168 digs (1.7/set), 107 kills (1.1/set), 49 blocks and 21 aces. The Brady High School product accomplished a rare feat on Sept. 16 when she recorded a triple-double versus Northwestern (33 assists, 12 kills, 11 digs). She raked in the GPAC setter of the week award on Oct. 24.
La Plant topped Concordia with 247 kills, averaging 2.5 per set (T-17th among GPAC players). The native of Cypress, Texas, pummeled a career high 18 kills against then 20th-ranked Bellevue University on Aug. 30. La Plant totaled 10 kills or more 10 times this season. Over 201 career sets played, she has amassed 480 kills and 324 digs.
Alex La Plant