The Edmond Sun

November 22, 2013

Broncho volleyball players earn All-MIAA honors


Special to The Sun

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Central Oklahoma had a pair of second-team selections and two honorable mention picks on the All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Volleyball Team that was released Wednesday by the league office.

Sophomore outside hitter Barbara Jackson and senior libero Tate Hardaker made the second-team unit, while freshman middle blocker Allison Barr and junior middle blocker Juliette Smith were honorable mention choices for the Bronchos.

Jackson tops the team in kills with 403, ranking fifth in the MIAA in kills per set (3.66). She’s added 284 digs, 47 blocks and 30 service aces in having scored a team-best 461 points.

Hardaker leads the conference and is ninth nationally in digs per set (5.84), ranking third on UCO’s single-season list with 666. The team’s lone senior, Hardaker is second on the school’s career digs chart with 2,178.

Barr has enjoyed a stellar rookie season, having collected 329 kills and 76 blocks with a .326 attack percentage. That’s tied for best on the team with Smith, who has 219 kills and ranks fourth in the MIAA in blocks per set (1.18).

UCO is 24-9 on the season, the most wins since the 2007 team went 32-7 in making it to the second round of the Division II national tournament. The Bronchos routed Emporia State in the first round of the MIAA Post-season Tournament Tuesday and played at top-seeded Central Missouri Friday in the semifinals.