The season didn't work out exactly how the Marshalltown Community College volleyball squad had wanted, but it wasn't an empty venture for the Tigers.
Three members of the MCC volleyball team gained postseason honors as announced earlier this week by the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference and the NJCAA Region XI.
Marshalltown native and MCC sophomore outside hitter Mady Van Metre garnered the most laurels from the league. The former Bobcat, Ames High graduate and Iowa Western transfer picked up second-team all-conference, second-team all-Region XI-A and all-Region XI-A tournament team honors after finishing the season ranked second in the nation in kills per set.
Van Metre led the ICCAC Division II with 4.41 kills per set, ranked second in total kills (507) and was seventh in kill efficiency (.286) during Marshalltown's 14-25 campaign. Her kills total ranked eighth in the country as well.
Tiger sophomore setter Tanya Literski picked up honorable mention all-conference accolades as well as second-team all-Region XI-A selection. The Athens, Wis., native finished third in ICCAC D-II with 9.36 assists per set (15th nationally). She ended up eighth in the country in total assists (1,235).
Ashley Salgado, MCC's freshman libero, gained honorable mention all-conference as well after ranking second in the league and seventh in the country with a 6.03 digs per set average. She also led the ICCAC with .48 service aces per set.
"It's nice to see our players get individual recognition for the season," said MCC head coach Chris Brees. "Our record does not reflect how hard these ladies worked, and the dedication they made to Tiger volleyball.
"We are in a rebuilding process; it's players like this that will continue to move MCC to the top of the conference and region standings. I'm proud of them and our entire team."
A pair of former Marshalltown-area preps were also honored. Kirkwood CC sophomore outside hitter Brittany Ambler, a BCLUW graduate, and NIACC sophomore middle hitter McKenzie Heue, a South Hardin grad, gained postseason honors.
Ambler was tabbed to the all-conference second team, the all-Region XI-B first team, and the Region XI-B all-tournament team after leading fourth-ranked Kirkwood with 498 kills. She finished fourth in the conference and 10th in the country with that total, averaging 3.09 kills per set.
Heue finished atop her NIACC squad with 258 kills and 83 blocks while ending up second in digs (342).