HARTFORD CITY, Ind. – Taylor volleyball's Kelsey Arvin, Julia Willey, Jackie Close, Rachel Bouma, and Kelly Arnold were each honored by the Crossroads League in the post season awards selected by the league coaches.
Arvin earned the Crossroads League's Libero of the Year honor after leading the NAIA with 934 digs this season. Arvin's 6.14 digs per game ranked second the Crossroads League and fifth nationally. A senior from Muncie, Ind., Arvin totaled 2,153 digs for her career, finishing fifth on TU's all-time digs list.
Willey joined Arvin on the All-Crossroads League First Team, orchestrating the Taylor offensive attack with 1,514 assists this season. The junior setter from Davenport, Iowa led the Crossroads League with 9.9 assists per set and ranked sixth in the NAIA in total assists. Willey also tallied double-digit digs in 26 of the Trojans' 39 matches, finishing the season with 471 digs.
Close earned All-Crossroads League Second Team honors after tallying 332 kills in her senior campaign. The Munroe Falls, Ohio native tallied 13 double-digit kill performances during the 2014 season and finished 15th in the Crossroads League with 2.3 kills per set.
Bouma earned a spot on the Crossroads League All-Freshmen team after tallying 250 kills, including four double-digit kill performances during her freshman season. The Grand Rapids, Mich., native tallied a season high 14 kills against Point Park and added 13 kills in the Trojans' thrilling five-set victory over Grace in the Crossroads League tournament semifinals.
Arnold was named Honorable Mention All-Crossroads League after tallying 359 kills, including 19 double-digit kill performances during her sophomore campaign. The Marietta, Ga., native led Taylor in kills and ranked eighth in the league at 2.8 kills per set.
The Trojans finished the 2014 season with a record of 26-13, including a 13-5 mark in Crossroads League play. The 26 wins marked the most victories for TU since the 2011 season.