The Michigan Tech volleyball team recently handed out its team awards. Seniors Aubrey Ficek and Rachel Pohlod were named co-Most Valuable Players, junior Stephanie Dietrich was named the Most Improved Player for the second time in her career, Kristine Fink received the Harold Meese Sportsmanship Award, and Elle Heinonen took home the Digger Award.
Pohlod, a setter from Pittsburgh, Pa., had career highs this year in assists (1,238), digs (361), blocks (27), assists in a match (68), and digs in match (27). She ranked first in the GLIAC in assists per set, fourth in aces per set, and 27th in digs per set. Pohlod's 1,238 assists in 2016 rank second in a single season in Tech history and were 16th in the nation.
Ficek, an outside hitter from Lockport, Ill., had career highs in kills (419), kills per set (3.49), points (455), points per set (3.8), hitting percentage (.192), digs (164), blocks (27), blocks per set (.23), kills in a match (30), and digs in a match (17). She was fourth in the GLIAC in kills per set (3.51), seventh in points, and eighth in points per set, ranking 37th in the nation in total kills.
"There's no way an MVP can be named this year that doesn't include both Aubrey and Rachel," Tech coach Matt Jennings said. "Their value to the team this season is plain to see, but their impact on the program over four years is more lasting. From a 6-12 GLIAC finish as freshmen to a tie for fourth at 11-6 this year as seniors, was made possible in large part because of what they each brought to the team.
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