Five UNI Players, Lehman, Johnson Included on MVC 25-Year Team

  0 Wendy Mayer | November 16th, 2017 | College - Women's Indoor, Missouri Valley Conference, News

In conjunction with the 45th anniversary of Title IX and the 25th anniversary of women’s sports in the Missouri Valley Conference, the league has named a 25-year anniversary team for each women’s sport.

The honorees, which were determined by a 25-person committee, including two representatives from each MVC school and five from the league office, include student-athletes which competed from 1992 to 2017.

Forty-seven volleyball players were nominated and the voters cut the list to a Top 10 after first trimming the list to 25 finalists.

Five Northern Iowa players made the list, while Molly O’Brien (2000-03) received the most votes overall.

Two active players made the list – current Missouri State star Lily Johnson and Wichita State standout Abbie Lehman.

Johnson, a two-time VolleyMob Player of the Week and six-time MVC Player of the Week in 2017, has posted double-digit kills in 24 matches this season, including 20 or more 12 times. She also added double-digit dig tallies 23 times. Historically, the three-time AVCA All-American honorable mention selction has been named MVC Player of the Year twice (2015 and 2016), while also earning the league’s Freshman of the Year nod in 2014. The outside hitter boasts the conference records for kills (2,219), attempts (6,387) and double-digit kill matches (119). She reached the 1,000 career kill milestone as a sophomore and has since joined the 1,000-kill, 1,000-dig club. Johnson stands as one of just 10 players in NCAA Division I history with at least 2,200 kills and 1,500 digs.

For her part, Lehman managed 968 kills (2.75 kps) and 381 blocks (1.08 bps) in her three years in the Missouri Valley. The three-time honorable mention All-America selection also was a three-time first team All-Valley honoree. Her career included a NCAA record perfect 15-for-15 hitting effort (1.000) against Bradley as a freshman as well as the MVC career record for hitting percentage (.399).

Since the Shockers relocated to the American Athletic Conference in 2017, Lehman has managed 334 kills (3.63 kps) and 121 blocks (1.32 bps), while hitting at a .428 clip. That tally has included 21 double-digit kill efforts and 13 five or more block performances.

Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Volleyball 25-Year Team

Name School Years Notable Honors
Lindsay Stalzer Bradley 2002-05 3-time All-MVC, MVC Freshman of the Year, 2005 MVC Player of the Year, 2nd on All-Time MVC Kills List
Ashley Rosch Illinois State 2012-15 4-time All-MVC, 2014 MVC Tournament MVP, 2012 MVC Freshman of the Year
Lily Johnson Missouri State 2014-Present 3-time All-MVC, 2-time MVC Player of the Year, 3-time AVCA Honorable Mention All-America; MVC All-Time Kills Leader
Linette White Missouri State 2000-03 3-time All-MVC, 2003 MVC Co-Player of the Year, 2003 AVCA All-America
Jill Arganbright UNI 2000-03 4-time All-MVC, MVC All-Time Assist Leader
Kara Galer UNI 1992-95 2-time All-MVC, 2-time MVC Player of the Year, 2-time MVC Tourney MVP
*Molly O’Brien UNI 2000-03 4-time All-MVC, 3-time MVC Player of the Year, 2-time MVC Tourney MVP, MVC Freshman of the Year, AVCA All-America, MVC Hall of Fame
Bre Payton UNI 2008-11 3-time All-MVC, 3-time MVC Player of the Year, 2-time MVC Tourney MVP, 2-time AVCA All-America
Shannon Perry UNI 1996-99 3-time All-MVC, 2-time MVC Player of the year, AVCA All-America
Abbie Lehman Wichita State 2014-16 3-time All-MVC, 3-time AVCA All-America, MVC All-Time Career Hitting % leader

*denotes No. 1 choice in balloting

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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