MARION, Ind. -- The Crossroads League released its postseason volleyball honors today and Indiana Wesleyan University was well represented with five being honored, including senior outside hitter Rae Brandes being named Crossroads League Player of the Year.
Senior Rebecca Brandes was named Crossroads League Libero of the Year and the Brandes twins were joined on the All-Crossroads League First Team by senior middle hitter Kristine Egebrecht. Outside hitter Remy Bucknor was named Freshman of the Year and was selected to the All-Crossroads League Second Team. Outside hitter Kristin Predajna was named All-Crossroads League Honorable Mention.
The Wildcats earned the honors after leading the team to a share of the Crossroads League regular season title and the Crossroads League Tournament championship. The Wildcats earned the league’s automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament for the third consecutive year.
Rae Brandes led Indiana Wesleyan with 3.58 kills per set and was second with 3.16 digs per set to be the all-around threat for the Wildcats. Brandes is 16th in the NAIA with 458 total kills and she added 42 total blocks and 43 service aces.
“Rae can play at the top of the NAIA at this time,” said Indiana Wesleyan head coach Candace Moats. “She is at the top of her game and is well deserving of the award.”
Rebecca Brandes has been a vacuum on the back line for the Wildcats as the libero. She is fifth in NAIA with 728 total digs and eighth with 5.69 digs per set.
“Bec has changed the face of the IWU defense this year,” continued Moats. “At the beginning of the season I told her, you work hard and you will be the Libero of the Year—you are that good. She took the challenge and achieved the award.”
Egebrecht was second on the team with 3.30 kills per set and led IWU with a .362 hitting percentage. Her 28 solo blocks led the team and was second with 107 total blocks. Egebrecht was the 2012 Crossroads League Player of the Year and a First Team NAIA All-American. She is an all-league member for the second consecutive season.
“Stein is an incredible leader of our team,” stated Moats. “She has shown time and again that she is one of the top middles in the country.”
Bucknor made a huge impact for Indiana Wesleyan during her rookie campaign. Her biggest contribution to the team came defensively at the net with 124 total blocks. She was second for IWU with 26 solo blocks and led with 98 block assists. She also became a threat offensively with 1.75 kills per set.
“We have not yet seen Remy’s ceiling,” said Moats. “She is already number one in blocking in our league as a freshman. I anticipate her being an All-American First Team by the time she leaves IWU.”
Predajna was third for Indiana Wesleyan with 2.34 kills per set. Defensively, Predajna added seven solo blocks and 33 block assists for 40 total blocks.
Indiana Wesleyan is awaiting their fate for the NAIA National Championship Opening Round which will be announced on November 18. Be sure to check iwuwildcats.com for further details as they become available.