Nov. 14, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS -- Darien Bandel was named 2017 Horizon League Player of the Year, becoming the first player to be named conference player of the year in the Division I era as the Oakland volleyball team landed four student-athletes on the all-league teams. Bandel was also named the offensive player of the year and Sammy Condon earned first team honors. Krysteena Davis was named to the league's honorable mention team and Jamie Walling earned all-freshman team accolades

Bandel, a senior from Ortonville, Mich., led the Horizon League in kills per set (4.34), points (534.0), points per set (4.81) and total kills (482) while also ranking inside the NCAA's top-25 in those same categories. She has recorded 11 matches with 20 or more kills this season and was recently named to the Horizon League All-Academic Team. The outside hitter earned a pair of weekly player of the week accolades on Oct. 2 and Nov. 13. This is her first all-league honor.

Condon, a redshirt senior from Naperville, Ill., becomes the first player in Oakland history to earn all-league honors every season of her career. She also became Oakland's all-time leader in block assists and total blocks plus was the eighth player in program history to surpass 1,000 career kills. Condon was named to the academic all-league team as well and ranks inside the conference's top-10 in four categories. The middle hitter was named the league's defensive player of the week on Oct. 23.

Davis, a redshirt junior from Grand Haven, Mich., was the league's top blocker all season and was also one of the best in the NCAA, ranking fourth in total blocks and 18th in blocks per set. She also broke her own single-season school record in block assists and total blocks. Davis was named the conference's defensive player of the week on Sept. 25.

Walling, a Normal, Ill. native, led the Golden Grizzlies in hitting percentage (.299) which ranked fifth in the Horizon League. She was also third in kills per set (2.16) and averaged just under one block per set (0.87). She recorded 10 or more kills in 10 matches this season and becomes the fourth Oakland freshmen in the past five years to earn a spot on the all-league teams.

Oakland finished the regular season 17-11 with a 12-4 record in league play. The 12 league wins is tied for the most victories since joining the conference in the 2013 season. The Golden Grizzlies will be the No. 2 seed in the league tournament and face the highest remaining seed Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. in Cleveland.

Offensive Player of the Year
Darien Bandel, Oakland

Defensive Player of the Year
Shannon Grega, Cleveland State

Setter of the Year
Gina Kilner, Cleveland State

Coach of the Year
Chuck Voss, Cleveland State

Player of the Year
Darien Bandel, Oakland

Freshman of the Year
Taylor Wolf, Green Bay

All-League First Team
Shannon Grega, Cleveland State
Gina Kilner, Cleveland State
Alexis Middlebrooks, Cleveland State
Lydia DeWeese, Green Bay
Taylor Wolf, Green Bay
Haley Hoffman, IUPUI
Kori Waelbroeck, IUPUI
Bridget Wallenberger, Milwaukee
Haley Libs, Northern Kentucky
Darien Bandel, Oakland
Sammy Condon, Oakland
Kyisha Hunt, UIC

All-League Honorable Mention
Sara Skeens, Cleveland State
Maddie Yoss, Green Bay
Jenn Dore, Milwaukee
Krysteena Davis, Oakland
Megan Hopkins, Wright State
Jessie Thornton, Wright State

Freshman Team
Emily DeGeorge, Cleveland State
Roberta Todd, Green Bay
Taylor Wolf, Green Bay
Bailey Western, Northern Kentucky
Jamie Walling, Oakland
Manuela Conte, UIC
Alex Hicks, UIC




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