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 Monday, July 28, the 209th day of 2014. There are 156 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.