Welfle & Miller Receive Top Honors

Welfle & Miller Receive Top Honors

AUSTINTOWN - Senior Amber Welfle and head coach Jason Miller earned the OAC's top honors, announced after the OAC Volleyball Tournament championship match. 

Welfle was named the OAC Player of the Year, becoming the second Student Prince to earn the honor.  Current assistant coach Jackie Reinhart received the award in 2010 and 2011. 

Welfle had a career-high 453 kills on the season, the fifth-best mark in school history.  She is third all-time in career kills and sixth in both career blocks and career aces.  Welfle's award earned her a spot on the All-OAC First Team for the first time in her career.

Miller picked up his fourth OAC Volleyball Coach of the Year award.  He piloted the team to an 8-1 OAC record and a share of the regular season title -- a far cry from the fourth place prediction in the OAC Preseason Coaches poll. 

Including his five plaques for wrestling, Miller now has nine career OAC Coach of the Year awards. 

Freshman Sarah Parker earned a spot on the All-OAC Second Team.  Parker notched 357 kills and recorded 96 blocks in her first year for the Student Princes.  She recorded a season-high 25 kills in the OAC Semifinal match against Ohio Northern on Friday.  


Senior Alexa Frank had 625 sets in her final year, earning All-OAC honorable mention status.  The Tiffin native is sixth on the career sets list with 1,931 assists. 

The Student Princes fell in three sets to Mount Union in the OAC Championship match.  They will hope to earn an at-large bid into the NCAA Regionals, held next week.  Their fate will be announced on the NCAA Division III Volleyball Selection Show, streamed online on Monday at 11 a.m.