VB: Arbogast named Libero of the Year; Five honored

VB: Arbogast named Libero of the Year; Five honored


AUSTINTOWN -- The Heidelberg University volleyball program piled up the postseason awards from the Ohio Athletic Conference on Monday, as five starters were name to the All-Conference team. Morgan Strenk, Taylor Arbogast, Laura Schrag, Taylor Valentine, and Anna McNabb were honored by the OAC for their efforts this season.

This marks the first time since 2011 that Heidelberg volleyball has had at least five players earn All-OAC honors in the same campaign.

Strenk was tabbed to the All-OAC first team. The senior outside hitter had a dominant year, smashing 296 kills on a .253 hitting percentage. Strenk also contributed 176 digs as an all-around player for the Berg. At the net, she sent back 48 total blocks. 2018 marked the second consecutive season Strenk was named to the All-OAC first team.

For the third consecutive season, Heidelberg has earned the OAC Witte-Zicha Libero of the Year honors. In her first season as libero, Arbogast had a break-out campaign en route to winning the OAC Libero of the Year award, as well as second team All-OAC honors.  Rachel Raimondo was the Libero of the Year in 2016 and 2017.    

Arbogast led the OAC with 629 total digs, good for 5.82 per set. Her 5.82 digs per set, puts her in a tie for third all-time in Heidelberg history for most digs per set in a single season. The senior also contributed with 10 kills, 63 assists, and 32 service aces for the Berg. Over her career, Arbogast tallied 958 total digs.

Heidelberg becomes the first program in OAC history to twice win Libero of the Year honors in three consecutive years.  Brittany Donelan won the award in 2008-2010.  

Fellow senior, Laura Schrag had a career year, culminated by All-OAC second team honors as well. Schrag nailed 281 kills on a 2.71 clip on the offensive side of her duties as a middle hitter. Defensively, Schrag placed second in the OAC with 96 total blocks and 0.92 blocks per set. Her 301 career blocks are good for ninth all-time at Heidelberg.

Valentine earned All-OAC honorable mention for the second straight season. The junior outside hitter compiled 226 kills, 221 digs, and 25 total blocks for the Berg this season. Valentine eclipsed the 500-kill mark in her junior season, and she sits just nine digs away from 500 career digs heading into her senior season.

McNabb earned All-OAC honorable mention in 2018 after being named to the second team a year ago. This season, McNabb led the league in assists per set with 11.09 and was third in total assists with 1,065. In addition to her duties as facilitator, McNabb also scooped up 256 digs and sent back 17 total blocks this season. The junior setter now sits on a host of Heidelberg leaderboards and is poised to move up in several categories during her senior campaign.

The Heidelberg volleyball team finished the 2018 season as OAC quarterfinalists with an overall record of 20-10 (5-5 in OAC).