Hinze Earns Freshman of the Year, All-Summit League Honors
FARGO, N.D. (NDSU Athletics) - North Dakota State freshman outside hitter Ali Hinze was named The Summit League’s Freshman of the Year for the 2020-21 volleyball season, the league office announced Thursday. Hinze also earned a spot on the 12-woman All-Summit League team.
Hinze, a product of Osseo HS in Minnesota, was joined on the league’s All-Freshman Team by her Osseo and NDSU teammate, Taylor Quan.
Hinze becomes the fourth Bison to be named Summit League Freshman of the Year and the first since Jordan Kissman in 2010.
Hinze was the top freshman in the league with 3.80 kills per set this season. In a match against Omaha on Mar. 13, she recorded 22 kills and 23 digs for the first 20-20 performance by a Bison in over a decade. Hinze finished fourth in The Summit League with an average of 4.36 points per set in conference play.
Overall, Hinze led the Bison with 237 kills and ranked second on the team in digs (195), blocks (27) and service aces (17) in the shortened season.
Quan recorded 15-plus digs in a match seven times this year, posting a season-high 28 digs at South Dakota on Feb. 21. She ranked eighth in the league with 3.78 digs per set as NDSU’s primary libero for the season – the only Summit League freshman to be a regular in that role.
Player of the YearMelanie Brecka, Kansas City
Defensive Player of the YearClaire Mountjoy, Omaha
Setter of the YearAlli Schomers, Kansas City
Freshman of the YearAli Hinze, North Dakota State
Coach of the YearTom Hogan, Denver
2020 All-Summit League Volleyball Team
Melanie Brecka, Kansas City
Elizabeth Juhnke, South Dakota
Sadie Limback, South Dakota
Lydia Bartalo, Denver
Tina Boe, Denver
Alli Schomers, Kansas City
Ali Hinze, North Dakota State
Madison Harms, South Dakota
Sami Slaughter, South Dakota
Anna Blaschko, Omaha
Ellie Anderson, Denver
Brianna Green, Denver
Crystal Burk, South Dakota State
Madison Jurgens, South Dakota
Sami Clarkson, Omaha
Claire Mountjoy, Omaha
Alex Ratzlaff, Kansas City
Maddie Ren, Kansas City
Freshman TeamAli Hinze, North Dakota State
Jaxie Wakley, Oral Roberts
Odyssey Warren, Kansas City
Kaia Dunford, Oral Roberts
Ashia Dorsey, Kansas City
Taylor Quan, North Dakota State
Alexa Albinson, North Dakota
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