Johnson named player of year, Tritons honored

Johnson named player of year, Tritons honored

Alesha Johnson set the Iowa Central volleyball team up all year.

And for her efforts, Johnson was named the ICCAC Player of the Year, the conference announced.

Johnson and Kealey Anderson were each named to the all-conference first team with newcomer Angel Baylark earning ICCAC Freshman of the Year.

Throughout the regular season and regionals, Johnson used her exceptional skills to set Anderson, Baylark and the other Triton hitters up with perfect sets. She was one of the three setters to average more than 10 assists per set, picking up 10.74 per and leading the conference with 773.

"It's an honor and I'm so excited for the recognition," Johnson said. "I couldn't have done it without my team and coaches. Typically you see big hitters win this honor but without the big hits and defense passes, I wouldn't be here. The coaches do a great job at pushing us and I couldn't be more thankful for such an honor."

Anderson, a returning All-American selection, was second in kills per set at four and overall kills with 288.

Baylark had the best hitting percentage in the ICCAC at .403, finishing in the Top-10 in total blocks (81), solo blocks (17) and block assists (64).

She was joined on the all-ICCAC second team by Katilyn Steffes with Baylyn Johnson and Haley Alharithy earning honorable mention.

Alesha Johnson, Anderson and Baylark were first team all-Region XI A with Alharithy and Steffes on the second. Johnson, Anderson and Alharithy made the all-region tournament team.

Iowa Central will be joined by Kirkwood at the upcoming NJCAA Div. II National Championships in Cedar Rapids. 

Former Triton head coach, Patty Harrison, was named coach of the year. Harrison is retiring from her position with Des Moines Area this year.

-By Dana Becker