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    Augustana Volleyball: Vikings picked sixth in NSIC

    BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Augustana was selected ­­­to finish sixth and Holly Hafemeyer was tabbed as a player to watch in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll released Thursday morning by the conference.
    Concordia University, St. Paul was picked by the conference volleyball coaches to finish first as they aim for a 10th straight conference championship. Concordia-St. Paul junior right side hitter Kayla Koenecke was chosen as preseason player of the year.

    Hafemeyer, a middle blocker from Faribault, Minn., headlines a strong corps of returning players for the Vikings. Hafemeyer led the team and finished fourth in the conference in attack percentage at .323 while starting all 28 matches in 2011. The 6-foot-3 junior also led the Vikings in blocks with 99 (1.01/set); good enough for eighth in the conference. Hafemeyer recorded a career-high in kills (23) and attack percentage (.583) against Winona State on Nov. 5. Hafemeyer finished the season with 16 matches of 10 or more kills and was named to the All-NSIC team.

    The Vikings finished 16-12 overall and 10-10 in conference to finish seventh.

    Augustana returns two All-NSIC performers in Hafemeyer and senior outside hitter Jordan Spatenka who led the team in kills and attacks with 334 and 885, respectively.

    Ashley Buckley leads the Vikings into fall camp starting on Aug. 12. The Vikings begin their season at the Vulcan Classic in Hilo, Hawaii on Aug. 30 at 7 p.m.

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