2003 Volleyball All-Conference Team


Columbia Cougars clinch 11th straight AMC postseason title

Columbia, Mo. – The Columbia Cougar women’s volleyball team notched the program’s 11th consecutive AMC postseason tournament title today, defeating the Missouri Baptist University Spartans in the championship match by scores of 30-19, 30-26 and 30-16. With the win, Columbia will receive the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in the NAIA Region V Tournament, which is set to begin next week.

As the runner-up in the AMC Tournament, the Spartans also receive an automatic berth to the regional playoff. Two teams from the Heart of America Athletic Conference as well as two at-large teams will also advance to the six-team, single elimination event. The winner of the Region V tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament in San Diego, Calif. at Point Loma Nazarene University on Dec. 3-6.

In a vote by league coaches, Columbia College outside hitter Jacqueline Makokha has been named the AMC Most Valuable Player as well as the league’s newcomer of the year. The MVP is awarded to the top player in the league and the newcomer of the year honor is bestowed on the top transfer student.

Makokha played in 119 games in her first season as a Cougar, posting 495 kills for an average of 4.2 per game. The junior outside hitter also tallied 43 blocks and 658 digs in addition to 68 assists and 61 service aces. Makokha is a native of Nairobi, Kenya.

Renata Pedreira, a first-year outside hitter for the Spartans from Missouri Baptist University, is the AMC Freshman of the Year. Pedreira, who hails from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, played in 65 games as a Spartan rookie. She totaled 355 kills in 940 attempts for an average of 5.5 per game to lead the league. She also posted 64 blocks, 280 digs and 31 service aces.                 

The AMC Coach of the Year is Melinda Wrye-Washington from Columbia College. The Cougar head coach amassed a 33-6 record in the 2003 regular season. She led the 11th-ranked Cougars to a first place finish in the AMC regular season with a perfect mark of 14-0.

A complete list of the 12-member AMC all-conference team, the honorable mention squad and the academic all-conference team, are listed below. Members of the academic all-conference team have earned at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

2003 AMC All-Conference Team

Most Valuable Player

Newcomer of the Year

Jacqueline Makokha, Columbia College
Outside Hitter from
Nairobi, Kenya

Jacqueline Makokha, Columbia College
Outside Hitter from
Nairobi, Kenya

Freshman of the Year

Coach of the Year

Renata Pedreira, Missouri Baptist University
Outside Hitter from Rio
de Janeiro, Brazil

Melinda Wrye-Washington, Columbia College
33-6 (Reg.-Season) / 14-0 (AMC Regular Season)

First Team All-Conference

Player

School

Pos.

YR

Hometown

Jaime Diestelkamp

Columbia College

Middle Hitter

SR

Owensville, Mo.

Jacqueline Makokha

Columbia College

Outside Hitter

JR

Nairobi, Kenya

Nikolina Rastovac

Columbia College

Setter

FR

Laxzarevac, Serbia

Doris Wefwafwa

Columbia College

Outside Hitter

FR

Nairobi, Kenya

Chrisa Potthast

University of Illinois-Springfield

Middle Hitter

SR

St. Rose, Ill.

Jessica Egelhoff

Missouri Baptist University

Setter

SO

St. Charles, Mo.

Renata Pedreira

Missouri Baptist University

Outside Hitter

FR

Rio de Janiero, Brazil

Marijana Stanic

Missouri Baptist University

Outside Hitter

FR

Bar, Montenegro

Sarah Gerrish

McKendree College

Outside Hitter

SR

Wayne City, Ill.

Theresa Mason

McKendree College

Outside Hitter

SR

DuQuoin, Ill.

Chrissy Simones

McKendree College

Middle Hitter

SO

Florissant, Mo.

Elizabeth Murski

William Woods University

Middle Hitter

SR

Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Honorable Mention All-Conference

Player

School

Pos.

YR

Hometown

Shana Aubrey

Columbia College

Middle Hitter

JR

St. Lucia Island, Caribbean

Tracie Ford

Columbia College

Outside Hitter

JR

Blue Springs, Mo.

Katie Skibiski

Columbia College

Libero

SR

Ozark, Mo.

Kari Boeckman

Hannibal-LaGrange College

Outside Hitter

FR

Jefferson City, Mo.

Joni Day

Hannibal-LaGrange College

Setter

JR

Marshfield, Mo.

Audra Roach

University of Illinois-Springfield

Middle Hitter

FR

Charleston, Ill.

Elizabeth Giles

McKendree College

Middle Hitter

SR

Robertsville, Mo.

Kim McNeil

Missouri Baptist University

Middle Hitter

JR

Waterloo, Ill.

Kandice Cummings William Woods University Middle Hitter SO Koloa, Hawaii

Abby Funderburk

William Woods University

Libero

SO

Bridgeton, Mo.

Jessica Gabrian

William Woods University

Outside Hitter

FR

O’Fallon, Mo.

Cortney Goodwin

Williams Baptist College

Libero

FR

Hoxie, Ark.

2003 American Midwest Conference
Academic All-Conference Team

Columbia College
Shana Aubrey, Jaime Diestelkamp, Tracie Ford, Jenna Holdmeyer, Jacqueline Makokha, Katie Skibiski, Katherine Weisenborn

Hannibal-LaGrange College
Joni Day, Lisa Neubrand, Amber Polson

University of Illinois-Springfield
Carrie Bauer, Ashley Crow, Abby Kuntz, Megan Leonard, Chrisa Potthast, Maria Ray

McKendree College
Melanie Hemker, Jennifer Lerch, Becky Loeschner, Kristen Marsaglia, Chrissy Simones, Lindsey Suca, Aimee Westlake

Missouri Baptist University
Kendra Cox, Lori Hambleton, Stacey Held, Aubrey Smith

William Woods University
Diane Cosgrove, Kandice Cummings, Michelle Kohl, Elizabeth Murski, Heather Roberts


Williams Baptist College
Ashley Easter
 


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