HAMMOND, Ind., & WESTVILLE, Ind. — Purdue University Northwest junior Gabrielle Martin snagged the first all-region honor in Pride volleyball program history, as the outside hitter was tabbed an honorable mention selection on the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) NAIA MidEast all-region team.
Martin (DeMotte, Ind./Kankakee Valley) was a first-team all-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference selection in 2016 after she finished the 2016 season as the league’s top hitter, leading the CCAC in kills per set at 4.03 in conference play.
The junior finished the season with 458 kills on the year, and became a member of the 1,000-kill club back in October. Martin started 31 of 33 matches for PNW, hitting .224 in overall play to go along with 267 digs (2.19 per set), 39 service aces and 41 total blocks.
Martin joined seven other members on the MidEast region team from the CCAC, including first-team selections Tori Mantel (Trinity Christian), Leah Alles (St. Francis), Ashley McClintock (Indiana South Bend), Courtney Joyce (St. Xavier), and Alyssa Bridleman (St. Francis); as well as honorable mention selections Helena Atton (St. Xavier), and Danielle Oeverman (Trinity Christian).
Purdue Northwest, a new program in 2016 after the merger of the Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central programs, finished the year with 18 wins under head coach Julie Wiejak, the most by either team since the 2010 season when PNC finished with 22 victories.
PNW earned a berth in the CCAC Tournament, the first for either program since the 1990s, eventually falling to No. 2 seed and CCAC Tournament champion St. Francis (Ill.) in five sets Nov. 8.
For a full list of the AVCA NAIA All-Region teams: https://www.avca.org/awards/all-regional-all-america-awards/2016-naia-region.html