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3 Mustangs named AVCA All-Central Region for 2012

November 22, 2012
Marshall Independent

Southwest Minnesota State's Brooke Burmeister, Mary Groth and Emilee Gutzmer were selected to the 2012 American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Central Region team.

Burmeister, an outside hitter, was named to the AVCA All-Central Region team for the third time in her career. A three-time All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference selection, Burmeister leads the Mustangs in kills this season with 332. She ranks 10th in the conference in kills per set (3.29), fifth in aces and ninth in points. She became the third Mustang this season to reach the 1,500 career kills milestone and ranks fifth all-time in school history with 1,528 career kills.

Groth, a middle blocker, was named to the all-region team for the fourth time in her career. Her 329 kills ranks her second on the team. Groth's .320 hitting percentage ranks sixth in the NSIC. She was the second Mustang this season to reach 1,500 career kills and currently ranks fourth all-time in SMSU history with 1,591 career kills. She also has 85 total blocks this season.

Gutzmer was named to the AVCA All-Central Region team and was also named the AVCA Central Region Freshman of the Year. She currently ranks second in the NSIC and NCAA with 1,288 set assists and 12.75 assists per set. She also has 249 digs, which ranks second on the team this year.

Concordia-St. Paul's Brady Starkey was named the region's coach of the year.

The Mustangs finished the regular season with a 26-2 record and tied Concordia-St. Paul and Minnesota-Duluth for the NSIC championship. They then went on to win three matches in the NSIC Tournament, including a five-set victory over Concordia-St. Paul in the championship match.

SMSU is the No. 2 seed in the Central Region Tournament and will face No. 7 seed Truman State (27-6) Nov. 29 at 2:30 p.m. at the Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul.



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