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JUCO Volleyball: NIACC’s Tobin earns honorable mention all-American honors

MASON CITY – For the third time in school history, the NIACC volleyball team has an all-American selection.

NIACC freshman Grace Tobin, who prepped at Mason City High, earned honorable mention NJCAA Division II honors. Tobin, an outside hitter, is one of five ICCAC volleyball players to be selected to the all-American teams.

“Grace is so deserving of this recognition,” NIACC coach Chris Brandt said. “She works hard on and off the court as well as being an amzaing young woman of character.”

Iowa Central’s Alesha Johnson (setter) and Kirkwood’s Anna Gorsich (outside hitter) were first-team all-American selections. Iowa Central’s Kealey Anderson (outside hitter) and Kirkwood’s Katie Kopriva (right-side hitter) were second-team selections.

Tobin, who lists at 5 feet, 10 inches, led the ICCAC with 300 kills. Tobin also recorded 197 digs, 37 blocks and 23 ace serves in her freshman season as the Lady Trojans were 9-10 overall and 9-9 in the ICCAC.

“She is a humble athlete who isn’t afraid to put in the time when no one else is around,” Brandt said. “In fact, when she heard about this, she was on her way to the gym with Becca (Steffen).

“We are so proud of her and the team who pushed her to be recognized as one of the best in the nation.”

NIACC’s other two all-American volleyball selections were Mindy Hunt, who was a second-team NJCAA all-American in 1995, and Kennedy Meister, who was a first-team NJCAA Division II selection in 2019.

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