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Holens get NAIA All-Tournament honors

The University of Jamestown women's volleyball team competed at the NAIA National Volleyball Tournament last week in Sioux City, Iowa.

Anna Holen (2) helps Jayla Ritter (5) make a block against Bellevue University during last week's NAIA National Tournament quarterfinal match. Courtesy Ryan Mikkelson / UJ Sports Information Director

Anna Holen and Ellie Holen from the University of Jamestown volleyball team earned National Association Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-Tournament honors Saturday. The honors were announced following the conclusion of the tournament championship match.

Ellie was named Defensive Player of the Tournament.

In five tournament matches, Ellie had 93 digs, an average of 6.20 per set. She also passed out 21 assists and had three service aces.

Anna was an All-Tournament team selection and led the Jimmies with 47 kills in the tournament, averaging 3.13 kills per set. Anna also had 12 aces, 79 digs, and five total blocks.

The Jimmies finished the season 35-1 and reached the NAIA semifinals for the third straight season. Missouri Baptist defeated Park (Mo.) in five sets to win their second straight national championship.


Five members of the Jimmies' team were recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as its 2021 NAIA All-Region teams were announced.

Holen, Kalli Hegerle and Corina Huff were named to the Westcentral All-Region team. Jayla Ritter was an honorable mention selection. Head coach Jon Hegerle was named Westcentral Region Coach of the Year.

Two hundred twenty student-athletes in 10 regions comprise this year's list of winners.

All-Tournament Team
Camryn Opfer, Concordia (Neb.)
Olivia Galas, Bellevue (Neb.)
Bekah Horstman, Northwestern (Iowa)
Sadie Lott, Providence (Mont.)
Callie Henson, Central Methodist (Mo.)
Avari Ridgeway, Corban (Ore.)
Miah Garant, Viterbo (Wis.)
Anna Holen, Jamestown (N.D.)
Skyler Van Note, Marian (Ind.)
Isadora Stojovic, Missouri Baptist
Giovanna Tapigliani, Missouri Baptist
Nada Meawad, Park (Mo.)
Noura Meawad, Park (Mo.)
Debora Bernardi, Park (Mo.)
Defensive Player of the Tournament: Ellie Holen, Jamestown (N.D.)
Setter of the Tournament: Manuela Vargas, Missouri Baptist
Attacker of the Tournament: Nada Meawad, Park (Mo.)
Tournament Most Valuable Player: Manuela Vargas

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