Senior first Rocket to earn American Volleyball Coaches Association’s all-region honors

December 11, 2013 | News, UToday
By Steve Easton

Senior outside hitter Lauren Rafdal was honored for her outstanding play in the 2013 campaign with a spot on the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s All-Midwest Region squad.



She is the first Rocket in the program’s 34-year history to receive all-region accolades.

“Lauren had a tremendous senior season, and I’m very proud that her hard work has been recognized,” Head Coach Greg Smith said. “This recognition means a lot to our program and is a great reward for all the team success we enjoyed this past year.”

Rafdal, who led Toledo with 3.97 kills per set and ranked third in school history with 492 kills, paced the Rockets in kills in 25 matches this year, including 16 of her last 17 contests. She was the Mid-American Conference leader in league play with 4.27 kills per set and was the only player in the conference to average four or more kills per set.

She registered the top two kill totals in the MAC this season with a career-high 28 and a .300 attack percentage vs. Ball State (Oct. 3) and 27 vs. Northern Illinois (Oct. 11). She also tallied a career-best .500 attack percentage vs. Akron (Oct. 5) with 18-1-30 totals.

Rafdal, who also ranked second on the team in conference action with 2.67 digs per set, notched three more 20-plus kill contests with 23 vs. Miami (Oct. 25), 21 at Ball State (Nov. 7) and 20 vs. Eastern Michigan (Nov. 22).

As a team, Toledo captured its first MAC West Division title thanks to a school-record 12 league victories and finished with a 19-12 overall win-loss mark.

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