St. Ambrose University volleyball standouts Tori Matzen and Catherine Wildner earned All-Midwest Collegiate Conference first-team honors as selected by the league's coaches. The Queen Bees, who finished the season with a 19-13 record, also had two honorable mention selections in Jackie DalCerro and Kailey Scott.
Matzen, an Orion graduate, led the Queen Bees with 314 kills and 101 blocks. She also recorded 115 digs and 23 service aces. Wildner had 260 kills, second-best on the team, as well as 386 digs, 380 assists and 19 aces. DalCerro logged a whopping 596 digs, 83 assists and 34 aces.Scott had a team-best 631 assists to go with a team-high 246 digs and 17 aces.
Adams shines at Benedictine
Nicole Adams recently completed an impressive junior volleyball season at Benedictine University where she garnered not only conference, but national honors for her play.
The 6-foot-1 junior middle hitter from Geneseo was named NCAA Division III women's Honorable Mention All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). She also was an AVCA Midwest All-Region first team selection.
Adams, also a first team All-Northern Athletics Conference selection, helped lead Benedictine back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004. Adams recorded 342 kills for the season, second most on the team. She also registered just 69 errors all year for a hitting percentage of .360, ranking second in the conference. Adams also recorded 112 blocks, finishing third in the conference.
Today is Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass. 1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links. 1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned. 1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today. 1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.