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Freshman Ashley Francis was named MCC Freshman of the Year.
Freshman Ashley Francis was named MCC Freshman of the Year.
Volleyball - Mon, Nov. 16, 2009
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INDIANAPOLIS - The Marian University volleyball team had four of its members named All-Conference with freshman Ashley Francis (Avon, Ind./Avon) earning Mid-Central College Conference Freshman of the Year, the conference office announced on Sunday.
 
Francis was one of the more dominant players in the MCC in 2009 after she finished as the conference leader in hitting percentage (.393) and finished tied for eighth in the conference with 2.9 kills per set (390 kills). She also finished seventh in the league with 0.9 blocks per game and eighth in total blocks (116). She was also named All-Conference first team in addition to the Freshman of the Year honor. She also was named to the All-Freshmen team.
 
Head coach Dan Findley was named MCC Coach of the Year for the first time in his 12-year career. He led the Knights to a 29-8 overall record, the second-best all-time, and a runner-up finish in the MCC. It is the highest finish for the Knights since they won the MCC title in 1988, their first season in the conference.
 
Junior Sadie Dizney (Speedway, Ind./Speedway) also earned All-Conference first team honors after an outstanding campaign. She finished ninth in hitting percentage (.239), seventh in kills per set (3.0), 10th in total kills (367), and 20th in digs per set with 2.4. She was named MCC Hitter of the Week on September 21 and October 19.
 
Freshman Holly Wasmund (Avon, Ind./Avon) was named All-Conference second team and earned a spot on the All-MCC Freshmen team after an outstanding rookie season. Wasmund, a setter, finished seventh in the conference in assists per set with 6.9 and also seventh in total assists with 941. She was named MCC Setter of the Week and Player of the Week on October 19.
 
Senior Ashley Hanslits (Indianapolis, Ind./Bishop Chatard) was also named to the All-Conference second team after a strong final season. Hanslits, a three-time All-Conference selection, finished 19th in hitting percentage (.174) and 15th in service aces with 31. The fifth-year senior was named All-MCC first team in 2007-08 and second team in 2006-07.
 
The Knights finished behind Taylor University with a 29-8 overall record and tied the all-time mark for wins in a season. The 1997 team finished the season 29-6.