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Haley Kramer named Atlantic Region Player of the Year

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Nov 15, 2018 at 7:00 AM

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. — Wheeling Jesuit University volleyball's Haley Kramer was named the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) Atlantic Region Player of the Year, it was announced Wednesday afternoon.

A 2016 Monroeville graduate, Kramer was also named a first-team all-region selection. She earned Player of the Year honors after hitting .397 this year in the middle for Wheeling Jesuit. Her hitting percentage led the Mountain East Conference (MEC) and is ranked eighth in the country.

Also named the MEC Player of the Year last week, Kramer also ranked sixth in the league with 3.52 kills per set, while her 1.26 blocks per set is 22nd in the country.

Kramer has 436 kills in 37 matches this season. With Wednesday's POY award, Kramer is now eligible for D2CCA All-America consideration.

Her twin sister, Breanna, is also a solid contributor to the Cardinals after missing last season because of an injury. She has 189 kills in 34 matches. In 2016, Breanna was the MEC and AVCA Atlantic Region Freshman of the Year.

The Cardinals (34-3) will host the NCAA Div. II Atlantic Regional tournament and open play at 7:30 p.m. tonight when they face Shaw in the first round.

Led by longtime head coach Christy Benner, the Cardinals are on of the top programs in all of Div. II. The Cardinals have won six straight MEC championships and are making a 12th straight NCAA tournament appearance. They already have their 11th straight 30-plus win season in a row.

Wheeling Jesuit also won 2015 NCAA national championship, reached the Elite 8 in 2017 and fell in the Sweet 16 last season.

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