Senior volleyball player named Honorable Mention All-American

December 31, 2013 | News, UToday
By Steve Easton

Senior outside hitter Lauren Rafdal continued to receive accolades for her tremendous 2013 campaign by being named an Honorable Mention All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.



She is the first Rocket in the program’s 34-year history to receive this honor.

“Lauren had a wonderful senior year, and it’s great that she’s being recognized for her hard work,” Head Coach Greg Smith said.

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 MAC 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.

Rafdal 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.

She ranked second on the team in conference action with 2.67 digs per set, including a career-high 21 digs at Buffalo (Nov. 9).

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

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