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Seniors Kacie Kelly and Becky Gramer as well as freshman Taylor Greenan were named All-Crossroads League in 2013.
Seniors Kacie Kelly and Becky Gramer as well as freshman Taylor Greenan were named All-Crossroads League in 2013.
Volleyball - Fri, Nov. 15, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS - The Marian University volleyball team had of trio of its student-athletes honored as All-Crossroads League selections following the 2013 season, the league office announced recently.

Senior outside hitter Becky Gramer and freshman libero Taylor Greenan were named to the All-Crossroads League First Team, while senior setter Kacie Kelly earned second team honors. Freshmen Emily Graves and Lauren Gregory each earned honorable mention honors in 2013. Greenan was also named to the All-Freshman Team after a strong rookie campaign.

Gramer, honored for the first time in her career, finished the season as the team's leader in kills after she tallied a career-high 326 kills, which was her third straight season with at least 200 kills. She finished the season ranked seventh in the league in kills per set and 10th in total kills. She finished her career with 930 kills. She also finished third on the team in digs with 242. It marked the third time in her four years that she amassed more than 200 digs in a season. She finished her career with 793 digs for MU. She nine double-doubles in 2013 and had a career-high 19 kills against Point Park as well as a career-high 21 digs against Bethel.

Greenan, a Cardinal Ritter High School graduate, earned her first career honor after a rookie campaign that saw her set a single-season school record. She tallied a team-best 576 digs, which re-set the single-season school record of 526 set by J'Nai Lefevre in 2000. She finished tied for fifth in the league in total digs with 576. She also finished second in the league with 5.3 digs per set, which also ranked her 19th in the nation. She had just one match with less than 10 digs and tallied a career-high 35 digs against Indiana Tech early in the season. She had two matches with more than 30 digs and finished the year with 20-dig performances in 11 matches.

Kelly, a Franklin, Ind., native, earned her second straight league honor after being named to the first team in 2012. Serving as the primary setter, Kelly tallied 777 assists, which is her third-highest total in four seasons. She finished her career with 2,987 assists in 115 matches. She was forced into an attacking role in 2013 after injuries hampered the front line. She finished the year with 85 kills to bring her career total to 292. She also was a force in the block after she finished second on the team with 72 total blocks, including seven solo efforts. She finished sixth in the league in assists per set with 7.2 and also finished sixth in total assists. She will also be named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete for the 2013 season.

Graves and Gregory earned honorable mention accolades after standout rookie seasons. Graves led MU's attack with a .236 hitting percentage and finished fourth in total kills with 212. Moreover, she was the team's leading blocker with 73 total blocks, including 21 solo stops. Gregory was another force in the attack with 251 kills, which ranked her second on the team. She also was a strong blocker with 51 total blocks, including 11 solo efforts.

The five honors are the most for the Knights since the 2011-12 season when four were honored for their contributions.

Head coach Ashlee Pritchard led the Knights to an 18-11 overall record and a 12-6 mark in the league, which was good enough to give MU the No. 4 seed for the league tournament. It was the first time since the 2011 season that the Knights have hosted a league tournament match. She is now 32-24 in her two seasons as head coach at MU.