Anna Lewer Named HCAC Most Valuable Player


TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Anna Lewer (Indianapolis/ Lutheran) capped one of the top careers in Fightin' Engineer volleyball history with Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Year honors in voting results released by the league office.

Lewer was joined on the first-team all-HCAC squad by freshman Sarah Jensen (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest).  The versatile Jensen also earned a spot on the league's all-freshman team.

Honorable mention all-conference honorees included juniors Kate Dangel (Upper Arlington, Ohio) and Casey Levitt (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake).  Senior Erika McGuire (Indianapolis/Warren Central) claimed a spot on the league's all-sportsmanship team in large part due to her pregame team Zumba routine that includes invitations for the opposition to participate.

Lewer becomes Rose-Hulman's first Conference Most Valuable Player honoree in the sport of volleyball.  She also became the first Rose-Hulman volleyball player to capture first-team all-conference honors during every year of her college career.

jensen-setJensen becomes just the fourth freshman in school history to earn all-conference honors.

Lewer led the Fightin' Engineers with 386 kills, 3.42 kills per set and a .285 hitting percentage.  She finished second on the team in digs (409), third in blocks (53) and added 22 service aces.  She also capped one of the most decorated careers in Fightin' Engineer volleyball history.  Lewer finished third in school history with 1,263 kills, sixth with 1,504 digs and ninth with 202 blocks as a Fightin' Engineer.

Jensen set a school record with five triple-doubles this season, in terms of kills, assists and digs.  She led the team with 586 assists (5.2/set) and contributed 233 kills, 48 service aces and 47 blocks as a full-rotation player.

Dangel was a three-time HCAC Defensive Player of the Week selection this season and led the Engineers with 478 digs.  Her career total now includes 1,011 career digs.

Levitt led Rose-Hulman with 64 service aces, including nine in a conference win over Defiance.  She also smashed 286 kills with 331 digs and 33 blocks.  Her career totals now stand at 699 kills, 836 digs, 138 service aces and 89 blocks in three years with the team.

The Fightin' Engineers finished 21-9 for the their second consecutive season featuring 20 or more wins with single digit losses.  Rose-Hulman also advanced to the semifinal round of the 2012 HCAC Tournament.