Monday, December 15, 2014


     The St. Catharine volleyball team is coming off their best season in school history and the banner year continued into the post-season. Rebecca Just was named an All-American Honorable Mention and her teammate, Jordan Strickland was named to the All-American Third Team by the NAIA.

     Just, a junior outside hitter from Louisville, Ky., was voted by the NAIA as an All-American Honorable Mention. Just finished the season with 472 kills and 470 digs in 138 sets played. She also recorded a .257 hitting percentage for the year to go along with eight solo blocks and 44 block assists. Rebecca finished the season with 23 double-doubles. She had two matches where she recorded over 20 kills and five matches with 20+ digs. It was a career year for Just, recording career-highs in kills, assists, digs, and block assists.

     Her numbers rank among the best in the Mid-South Conference. Her 3.4 kills a set is best in the Mid-South. She also is best in the conference in total kills with 472. Her numbers not only rank among the best in the Mid-South, but also in the country. She ranks 20th in the nation in total kills and 44th in the NAIA with 3.42 kills a set.

     Strickland, a junior from Lexington, Ky., was voted as an All-American Third Team by the NAIA. Strickland excelled in her first year in a Patriots’ uniform. She finished the season with 1,446 assists for the season to go along with 470 digs in 140 sets played. She also recorded 103 kills and a .261 hitting percentage. Strickland finished the season with 27 double-doubles. She posted a new career-high with 57 assists in a five-set thriller against IU Southeast on October 24th.

     She ranks first in the Mid-South in total assists (1,446) and assists per set (10.3). She also finished in a tie for sixth with 40 service aces and 470 digs on the season. She also finished the season with some of the best numbers in the country. She finished the season ranked 14th in the country in total assists and 17th in the NAIA in assists per set.

     The pair was also named to the Southeast All-Region Team. Jodie Klein, a junior libero from Louisville, Ky., was also named to the all-region team. Klein also had an incredible season and was a huge part in the Patriots’ defense. The award was given by the AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association).

     The honors didn’t go unnoticed from their head coach Jason McDannold, “It’s a huge deal for the program being the first time ever that we’ve had an All-American for the volleyball program.” “It’s a great honor for both of them [Strickland and Just]. I am really happy for them” explained McDannold.

     McDannold noted of the work that they’ve put in this season saying, “It shows how hard they’ve worked this season and in the off-season. It also shows why they are leaders on and off the court.”

     “This recognition is well deserved for both Jordan, Rebecca, and Jodie who were consistent in their performance all season,” said SC athletic director Tom Bystrek. “It is a testament not just to their play but to the season the team had as a whole.”