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L to R: Kara Bates, Lisa Scott and Jenna Spadafora
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Three Women’s Volleyball Players Earn MAC Honors

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Release: November 15, 2012
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   GENEVA, Ohio - Three members of the Ball State women's volleyball team were recognized for their efforts on the court this season, as the Mid-American Conference released its 2012 regular season awards as voted on by the league's 12 head coaches.

   For their efforts in guiding the Cardinals to a 14-15 (7-9 MAC) record and the No. 8 seed in the upcoming MAC Tournament, senior outside hitter Kara Bates (Bradley, Ill./Bradley Bourbonnais Community/Maryland) and senior middle hitter Lisa Scott (McLean, Va./Langley/Maryland)  were named to the All-MAC First Team, while freshman setter/outside hitter Jenna Spadafora (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) earned recognition on the MAC All-Freshman Team.

   Bates, who becomes just the eighth player in program history to collect multiple All-MAC First Team accolades, earns the honor for the second consecutive season after transferring to Ball State following a two-year stint at Maryland. In her senior campaign for the Cardinals, Bates ranked fifth in the MAC with a 3.54 kills-per-set average over the team's 16 conference matches, while also averaging 2.13 digs and 0.60 blocks per set in league play.

   Bates smashed double-digit kills in 14 of BSU's 16 conference matches, including 19 kills on three occasions and 18 on two more. She also tallied kill/dig double-doubles in seven matches during league play, while earning a career-high eight total blocks in two matches. In last Saturday's match at Central Michigan, Bates tallied a career-high four solo blocks.

   In her first and only season on the Ball State roster, Scott becomes the 26th different player in program history to earn All-MAC First Team honors. Scott, who played three years at Maryland before not playing in 2011, joined the Cardinals for the 2012 season and ended up leading the MAC with a .360 (171-43-356) attack percentage in conference play.

   Her 171 kills and 2.71 kills-per-set average in league play ranked second on the squad behind Bates, while she led the team and ranked sixth in the conference with a 1.05 blocks-per-set average. Scott smashed a career-high 18 kills versus Eastern Michigan (Oct. 6), while posting a career-best 13 total blocks in BSU's win at Bowling Green (Oct. 19). Scott also tallied double-digit kills in nine of BSU's 16 MAC matches, while recording at least four blocks in eight.

   Spadafora, who becomes the 11th player in program history to earn recognition on the MAC All-Freshman Team, has been a spark plug in the Ball State lineup this season acting as both a setter and an outside hitter. Entering the year as BSU's backup setter, Spadafora was forced to transition to the outside after injuries decimated the Cardinals attacking corp.

   After playing five consecutive matches on the outside (Sept. 22 - Oct. 6) to open league play, Spadafora returned to her natural position to set the Cardinals to a .270 hitting mark and a sweep of Kent State (Oct. 12). She dished out a career-high 42 assists in the match, while also serving up a career-high four aces. Spadafora also set BSU's first match versus Ohio (Oct. 13), handing out 29 assists as the team hit .170 in a match the Cardinals played without three of its normal starters and a key reserve who were out with injuries.

   Spadafora, who recorded a career-high 15 kills in the Oct. 5 showdown versus Central Michigan, posted her first career double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs at Miami (Oct. 20). Overall, she blasted double-digit kills in seven league matches from the left side, including 13 kills in each of BSU's two matches last weekend, while adding 15 digs at EMU and a career-high 18 digs at CMU to give her two more double-doubles.

   The Ball State women's volleyball team opens play in the 2012 Mid-American Conference Tournament Friday, when it battles No. 1 seed Ohio in the 4:30 p.m. quarterfinal match at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

All-MAC First Team
Tina Dimitijevs, Akron
Kara Bates, Ball State
Lisa Scott, Ball State
Lindsey Butterfield, Bowling Green
Paige Penrod, Bowling Green
Danielle Tonyan, Bowling Green
Jenna Coates, Central Michigan
Kaitlyn McIntyre, Central Michigan
Rachel Iaquaniello, Eastern Michigan
Meg Riley, Miami
Sarah Angelos, Northern Illinois
Mary Kurisch, Northern Illinois
Meredith Ashy, Ohio
Chelsea Bilger, Ohio
Kelly Lamberti, Ohio
Jessica Brown, Western Michigan
Terin Norris, Western Michigan
Lena Oliver, Western Michigan

All-MAC Second Team
Liz Scott, Buffalo
Kelly Maxwell, Central Michigan
Amber Walker, Northern Illinois
Faith Robins, Ohio
Serena Warner, Ohio
Dakota Harkins, Toledo

All-MAC Freshman Team
Jenna Spadafora, Ball State
Angie White, Central Michigan
Alexis Gonzalez, Northern Illinois
Meredith Ashy, Ohio
Abby Gilleland, Ohio
Stephenee Yancy, Western Michigan

MAC Volleyball Player of the Year
Kelly Lamberti, Ohio

MAC Volleyball Defensive Player of the Year
Lena Oliver, Western Michigan

MAC Volleyball Setter of the Year
Terin Norris, Western Michigan

MAC Volleyball Freshman of the Year
Stephenee Yancy, Western Michigan

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