Northern Illinois senior Sarah Angelos (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan) and junior MacKenzie Roddy (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon) were both picked to the Mid-American Conference’s Preseason All-Conference team, the league announced today.
The selection of Angelos and Roddy to the team marks the third consecutive year NIU has been represented on the team and the second time that the Huskies have had multiple honorees.
An all-conference pick in 2011 and 2012, Angelos has started every single match of her career at NIU. In 2012, the Waukegan, Ill., native posted career-highs with 341 kills and 100 total blocks. Her hitting percentage of .292 ranked seventh in the MAC and was named the Missouri State Invitational MVP by hitting .413 with a 3.00 kills per set average and 12 blocks to help the Huskies to a 4-0 weekend.
Angelos has also made a mark on NIU’s record book. Heading into 2013, she has the second-best hitting percentage in school history at .332
Roddy, who played extensively in all 36 matches a season ago, led the MAC and ranked 89th in the NCAA with 0.34 aces/set ratio, while also leading the team in aces (44) and points (522). The Californian set career highs in kills (446), kills per set (3.35), assists (26), assists per set (0.19), aces (44), aces per set (0.33), digs (326), digs per set (2.43), blocks (49), points (522) and points per set (3.90). Additionally, Roddy’s 1,405 kill attempts last season was the seventh-most in a single season in program history.
NIU opens their season Friday, Aug. 30, and Saturday, Aug. 31, with the NIU Invitational, as they host No. 23 Ohio State, Liberty and Green Bay.