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Dordt vs Hastings NAIA championship Volleyball

Hastings' Katie Placke (9) and teammates react as they pull within one point of their victory over Dordt during the NAIA national championship in 2016.

The Hastings volleyball team had three players named first team and two individual players of the year to lead the charge in the all-Great Plains Athletic Conference honors released Wednesday.

Katie Placke was named player of the year and Jill Bax, a Lincoln Southwest graduate, was named libero of the year, with outside hitter Casey Krolikowski joining Placke and Bax on the first team.

Broncos coach Matt Buttermore was named GPAC coach of the year.

Hastings, Northwestern and Dordt, who all split the regular-season GPAC title, with Hastings winning the postseason tournament title, all had three players named to the first team.

The Doane duo of Maci Coffey and Allison Kuenle were both first team, and Concordia's Emmie Noyd represented the Bulldogs on the second team.

Hastings, the defending NAIA national champion, qualified for opening pool play Nov. 28-30 at the NAIA National Championship in Sioux City, Iowa, as did Dordt, Northwestern, Midland and Morningside.

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