SPOKANE, Wash. – The Northwest Conference volleyball coaches selected Whitworth's Jessica Schmautz as the 2018 NWC Player of the Year, leading a group of four Pirates named to the 2018 All-NWC volleyball squad.
Erin White joined Schmautz on the All-NWC first team, while Lauren Budde was selected to the second team and Emiko Kahler received honorable mention consideration. Click here for the entire 2018 All-NWC Volleyball team.
Despite standing only 5'-7", Schmautz (Sr., OH) dominated NWC offensive statistics in 2018. She averaged 4.21 kills per set and finished with 413 kills, 127 more than the next NWC player of the list. Schmautz hit .239 and added 2.89 digs, 37 blocks and 23 services aces. She averaged 4.7 points per set. Schmautz was the Northwest Conference Offensive Student-Athlete five times during the 2018 season.
White earned first team recognition for the second time in her career, despite missing the entire 2017 season due to her rigorous academic schedule as a nursing major. White led the Northwest Conference in assists (1060) and assists per set (10.82). She added 38 service aces and contributed 2.34 digs per set. White had previously been a first team honoree in 2016.
Budde, who was an honorable mention honoree in 2017, finished seventh in the NWC in both kills per set (2.68) and in hitting percentage (.257). She was the NWC's Offensive Player of the Week on October 8th.
Kahler, who was a two-time first team All-NWC selection as a freshman and a sophomore, recovered from early-season injuries to average 2.54 kills per set and hit .191. She needs 203 kills as a senior to surpass 1,000 for her career.
Whitworth finished the season 19-8 overall and 13-3 (second place) in the Northwest Conference.