The College of the Ozarks Lady Bobcat volleyball team continues to receive accolades. This week, four Ozarks team members and their coach were recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) for their accomplishments on the court.
Danielle Curnes and Rielly Dobbs were both named to the AVCA North Central Region First Team. Curnes had a phenomenal senior season for the Cats. She played in all 130 sets, closing out the year with 396 kills, 456 digs, and 55 blocks. During the season, Curnes was named A.I.I. Volleyball Player of the Year, NCCAA DI Student Athlete of the Week, and A.I.I. Player of the Week. As for Dobbs, this is her second year to receive first-team AVCA honors. The primary setter for the Cats, Dobbs was responsible for 1,313 assists this season. Dobbs had an outstanding year and was recognized as the A.I.I. Setter of the Year, NCCAA Student Athlete of the Week, and A.I.I. Player of the Week.
Alex Spears and Haley Stallings each received AVCA Honorable Mention: North Central Region awards. Spears was a major force for the Lady Cats this season, finishing with 394 kills and 433 digs. Spears was also named as an A.I.I. Player of the Week. Sophomore Haley Stallings completed a solid season with 713 digs and 45 service aces. Stallings’ contributions to the team culminated in her being named A.I.I. Libero of the Year.
Lady Bobcat Head Coach Stacy Muckenthaler, in her fourth year at the helm, was named AVCA North Central Region Coach of the Year. Under her leadership this season, the Lady Bobcats posted a 30-7 record and qualified for the NAIA National Volleyball Championship Opening Round.