Four members of the Eastern Oregon University volleyball team were named to the all-Cascade Collegiate Conference first team and five in all were recognized, led by junior Kiley McMurtrey who was named the CCC libero of the year.
“I’m so incredibly proud of their accomplishments on the floor, but proud that other coaches see the work they put in as well,” EOU head coach Kaki McLean-Morehead said.
McMurtrey, junior setter Madison Pilon, senior outside hitter Megan Bunn and sophomore middle blocker Cambree Scott were each first-team selections for the No. 4 Mountaineers, while sophomore middle blocker Jet Taylor was tabbed honorable mention.
McMurtrey was the co-libero of the year a season ago, but this time claimed the award outright. The junior collected 536 digs on the season at a clip of 4.9 per set to help anchor the back row of the EOU defense.
“Kiley being named libero of the year is a great accomplishment,” McLean-Morehead said. “Our defense is a huge part of our success.”
In conference play, McMurtrey tallied 340 digs. She was also among the toughest servers in the conference with 42 aces, including 31 in CCC action, both of which were second in CCC play.
“I’m definitely really honored to have received it and gotten that recognition, but at the end of the day the awards aren’t what the season is about,” McMurtrey said. “I just try to do everything I can to make our team better and reach our goals.”
Pilon has turned in one of the best seasons in program history as a setter, as her 910 assists is fourth-most in program history. Only one player at EOU, Rachelle Chamberlain, has had more assists in a season than Pilon. The junior was second in the conference in assists, both overall and in CCC play, where she had 638. The versatile Pilon also had 299 digs, 42 blocks and 32 assists on the season.
Bunn, who has cemented herself as one of the top attackers in program history, has registered 352 kills this season and led the CCC in conference play with 265. She is just the fourth player in EOU history with multiple seasons of at least 350 kills. She also tallied 317 digs during the season.
Scott and Taylor formed the best blocking duo in the CCC with 135 and 117 blocks, respectively, to go 1-2 on the season among CCC players. In conference play, they were ranked second and fourth in total blocks (87 and 78, respectively) and each put up 1.2 blocks per set to tie for second. The sophomores were also both formidable on the EOU attack with Scott recording 218 kills on the season and Taylor close behind at 202. Their totals on block assists (127 for Scott and 115 for Taylor) are currently second and fourth in single season program history.