Finley named ICCAC Player Of The Year

Amaya Finley

Amaya Finley came to Iowa Central and the volleyball team to make an impact.

And that is exactly what she did.

The California native set a new school-record for career kills and helped the Tritons to back-to-back ICCAC regular season titles. Finley was recently named the conference player of the year, just one of several postseason awards for Iowa Central.

Kealey Anderson earned freshman of the year honors, Sara Horn was the coach of the year and both Finley and Anderson garnered all-region and all-conference first team status.

Haley Alharithy and Abbie Stewart were both named to the all-region and all-conference second-team, with Taylor Bienemann and Alesha Johnson securing honorable mention all-conference status.

Finley finished her two-year career with 1,116 kills, becoming just the second player in program history to surpass 1,000. She also moved ahead of Gabby Sullivan for most career attacks with 2,970 and finished 10th in digs with 977.

This past season, Finley recorded 585 kills and 1,531 attacks, both numbers that place her fourth on the school's single-season charts. She currently ranks second in the nation in kills and attacks.

Anderson recorded 556 kills, the sixth-most, and 1,418 attacks, the seventh-most. The newcomer ranks fourth in the nation in kills. 

Stewart, a sophomore, posted 152 blocks, which was good for eighth-most in a single-season at Iowa Central. Alharithy, a freshman, recorded 148 blocks, the 10th-most in a season.

Bienemann, a sophomore, finished with 1,078 career digs, including 667 this past season. Her career total was good for seventh-most and her single-season was the ninth-best mark in program history. 

Johnson concluded her first season with 1,122 assists, an average of just over eight per game. She had 63 in a match vs. Bismarck State earlier this year, the third-most in school history.