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Merrit named second team all conference

November 13, 2015

After a disappointing 9-18 record this season, the Monmouth women’s volleyball team heard some good news as senior Quincy Merritt was voted by the league coaches to the All-Conference second team. Merritt’s all-conference award is the first of her career.

“I am [feel] very honored to have been selected,” said Merritt. “I would like to thank everyone who has helped me along the way and made me the player that I have become. Of course a huge thank you goes to my teammates, because as we know, volleyball is not a one man sport; so I could never have been so successful without them!”

Merritt, an outside hitter, led Monmouth with 267 kills during the season. Her .214 kill rate was second on the team for hitters and she was also second on the team in aces with 20 aces served. She also had 39 total blocks over the course of the season.

“As a small town girl Monmouth felt like the home away from home that I needed for my college experience,” said Merritt. “I wouldn’t trade that for the world. I have made many friendships during my short time here and have gained enormous amounts of knowledge and experiences in my academics.”

Merritt is an education major here at Monmouth College and hails from Mapleton, Illinois. The daughter of Shelley and DeWayne Merritt, she felt the Scots calling her name from a young age.

“I chose Monmouth because my mother and older sister attended here,” said Merritt. “The first time I met coach Shimmin I was in 8th grade and had come with my sister to watch the team during an open gym practice. Coach asked if I had brought tennis shoes with me, and I jokingly said “yes, should I go warm up?” To my surprise she took me into the gym and introduced me to the team and I had my first experience as a Fighting Scot that day.”

Merritt will be one of just four seniors that will be moving on from the Scots following the end of the 2015 season. The volleyball team finished 8-21 in 2014, and even though they only won one more game this season, it’s a step in the right direction for the future.

Cooper Pauley
Sports Contributor

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