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Widdop, Murdock earn all-conference honors

November 16, 2012

The Midwest Conference announced the 2012 All-Conference volleyball team, and the Scots were well represented. Monmouth hitter Chelsey Widdop and assist specialist Mollie Murdock were both named to the team.

Local product Murdock, a United High School graduate, joins the All-Conference team for a third consecutive year. Widdop, a senior, was named First Team All-Conference her freshman and junior year, and was named Second Team All-Conference her sophomore season.

The senior standout topped off her career with 357 digs as well as a whopping 391 kills for the year. After four years, Widdop is ranked third in the Monmouth history books in both digs (1,620) and kills (1,354).

“Being named All-Conference has definitely been a rewarding honor to receive because it really shows that all of my hard work over the years has paid off,” said Widdop.

While Widdop’s success has stemmed from individual hard work and dedication, she also credits Murdock.

“Having Mollie as a setter three out of my four years was greatly to my advantage because she is such a talented setter and we really had a lot of chemistry on the court,” said Widdop.

Murdock, a junior, is on her way to the top after tallying a career high 955 assists in 2012. After only three years Murdock is ranked third in Monmouth history with a total of 2,911 assists. The humble setter praises her teammates for her success.

“I would not have received this honor without my teammates,” said Murdock. “Without the consistent passing from the back row and the ability of our hitters to put the ball down, I definitely would not have been selected.”

Even though the Fighting Scots will lose five seniors this year, Murdock still has high hopes for her senior season.

“I’m already excited for next season. It’ll be different without our five seniors who have contributed to the team in so many ways,” said Murdock.” I’m also confident that there will be leadership from returners, as well as the development of new leadership roles next season.”

Kayla Corzine
Contributing Writer

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