Former Northview Knight McKenzi Kumpf (left) was named a USCAA Second Team All-American and teammate Gabriella Slagle was Honorable Mention.
By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
The 2016-17 college basketball season has gotten underway as a couple of local high school graduates are seeing significant playing time already.
Northview High School graduate Mallory Smith sat out her freshman year after surgery, but has started out strong at Olney Central.
Smith is coming off a 10-point, three-rebound, three assist game on Nov. 8 against Lindenwood Belleville JV. In the season opener on Nov. 5 against Mineral Area College, Smith played 20 minutes and scored 12 points and grabbed three rebounds in a 65-63 victory. She followed that up with a nine-point game in a loss to Moberly Area Community College in Missouri.
The University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles’ womens’ basketball team got the season started with an exhibition victory against Division I Butler on Nov. 6.
Mikayla Rowan, a former Northview Knight, played seven minutes and grabbed five rebounds in the 61-56 win. In the first regulation game of the season, USI topped Roosevelt University 108-55. Rowan saw 14 minutes of action and scored four points to go with four rebounds and three assists.
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College finished up its 2016 volleyball season as the USCAA National Runner-ups after losing to Florida College in the tourney championship. The Pomeroys finished 16-24 this season.
Kumpf tied for the team-high with 10 kills against Florida College in the title match. Kumpf also reached the national title game as a freshman with the Pomeroys during their first year as a program in 2015.
Kumpf finished this season with 384 total kills (2.87 per set) and had 447 digs for the Pomeroys. The sophomore also was recognized as a 2016 USCAA Volleyball Second Team All-American.
Former Northview High School volleyball standout Ashlen Buck was named All-Crossroads League Honorable Mention on Monday. The current Indiana Wesleyan senior defensive specialist compiled 372 digs and a 3.02 digs per set average. She also had a .977 reception percentage on 738 chances and served up 18 aces for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats were unbeaten at 16-0 in the conference this season and have won 10 straight matches after winning the Crossroads Tournament championship on Nov. 12. Indiana Wesleyan won all nine sets by sweeping Bethel, Marian and Mt. Vernonn Nazarene (Ohio).
Indiana Wesleyan is 34-2 this season and ranked No. 16 in the final Tachikara-NAIA Coaches’ Top-25 Poll. IWU has received a 2016 NAIA National Championship Opening Round bye and will head to the final site in Sioux City, Iowa on November 29-December 3.
DePauw University advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament last week before bowing out to top-seeded Calvin College (29-1 overall). The Tigers finished up 25-6 this season during former Knight Morgan Stearley’s freshman year.
Stearley had a team-high 14 kills against Calvin and finished with 199 total kills, which was second on the Tigers’ team. Stearley had 2.76 kills per set for DePauw and also had 57 digs and 36 blocks.
At the University of Southern Indiana, former Knight Shelbi Morris wrapped up her junior campaign with the Screaming Eagles.
Morris tallied 147 kills while playing in 23 matches and averaged 1.88 kills per set. USI finished the season at 9-21 overall.