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Vincennes University volleyball trio named All-Region 24 selections

VINCENNES, Ind. – Vincennes University sophomore volleyball players Alison Smith, Ryleigh Fidler and Ariana Gentzler have earned All-Region 24 honors.

Smith (Oakland, Ill.) and Fidler (Linton, Ind.) were named to the first team. Gentzler (Paxton, Ill.) was named to the second team.

“Though these three sophomores received well deserved recognition, they are part of a tremendous group of sophomores,” VU Volleyball Coach Gary Sien said. “There is no doubt they will succeed at their next schools and in whatever the future holds for each of them.”

Smith, an outside hitter, led the Trailblazers with 429 kills and 2.66 kills per set. She was first with 3.0 points (kills, blocks, aces. She produced double-doubles in 16 matches. She tallied 459 digs. She earned a spot on the Showdown on the Wabash All-Tournament Team.

In 2018, Smith was the Region 24 Player of the Year.

“Alison had a target on her back all season as the reigning Region 24 Player of the Year,” Sien said. “She handled it very well and she remains one of the top vote getters this year for All Region.”

Fidler ranked second in numerous statistical categories for the Trailblazers. The outside hitter was second with 368 kills, 2.29 kills per set, 2.7 points per set, 461 digs and 38 aces. She finished with 14 double-doubles. She received all-tournament honors at the Blazer Classic and Showdown on the Wabash tournament.

Fidler made the all-region second team in 2018.

“Ryleigh had an opportunity to play more back row this year where she was able to showcase her first contact and serving skills,” Sien said. “She exceeded in all of her statistics from 2018.”

Gentzler, a middle blocker, was first in the nation in total blocks (208) and block assists (179) as of Nov. 14. She ranked 14th in the nation with 1.32 blocks per set. She hit 195 kills.

“Ariana has worked her way into being one of the top blockers in the nation, which requires timing, strength and patience,” Sien said. “This necessitates the willingness to be trained and many repetitions.”

VU ranked first in the nation in block assists (667) and digs (2,945) as of Nov. 14. It was second in total blocks (448), third with 2358.5 points (kills, blocks, aces) and fifth with 1,727 kills.

 

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