Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) officials announced the Jayhawk West All-Conference team today and Seward County Community College freshman Dan Yang received Conference Most Valuable Player, Conference Freshman of the Year and First Team All-Conference recognition. Jayhawk West head coaches voted Yang, a 6-foot-2-inch outside hitter, as the top player in the conference after she led the conference in kills and kills per game. Seward County freshman outside hitter Jelena Simic was also named First Team All-Conference, sophomore setter Alex Droogsma was named Second Team All-Conference and sophomore libero Katy Troutman was named Honorable Mention. Yang and Simic were the only freshmen in the Jayhawk West selected to the First Team.

Barton County Community College head coach Ryan Parker was named the Jayhawk West Conference Coach of the Year, while Yang becomes the first player ever from Seward County to be named Conference M.V.P. and Freshman of the Year. Former Lady Saint Gabi Carbone was named Conference M.V.P. in 1999, and Caroline Bozikis (1999) and Brenda Dantas (1997) are the only SCCC players to receive the Jayhawk West Freshman of the Year award.

Yang has been a dominating force this season breaking the all-time Seward County single-season record for kills (766) and she also broke the record for kills in a single-match, twice, with 36. She has recorded 17 matches with at least 20 kills, including three with over 30. She is currently second in the NJCAA in kills per game (5.8) and second in total kills. Yang also has collected an impressive .352 hitting percentage with 200 digs, 68 blocks and 64 service aces this season.

Yang has received All-Tournament Team recognition at the SCCC Kick-Off Classic and the Midland Tournament, where she was named Tournament Most Valuable Player. She was twice named the NJCAA D-I Region VI Player of the Week and on Sept. 12, she was named the NJCAA Player of the Week.

Simic has compiled some amazing statistics this season with 607 kills, a .364 hitting percentage, 464 digs, 68 aces and 21 blocks. She is currently third all-time in SCCC single-season kills, third in single-season digs and she is just six aces shy of tying for 10th place on the single-season list. She has been recognized as the Region VI Player of the Week twice, and she currently ranks fourth in the nation in total kills and ninth in kills per game (4.5).

Simic has posted a team-high 21 double/doubles and she has recorded at least 20 kills in seven matches, including a career-best 36 kills and 24 digs against Lake Land College.

Droogsma is a two-time selection as a Second Team All-Conference pick. She is the all-time career and single-season assists leader at SCCC. This season, Droogsma has collected 968 assists (6.9 apg.), 286 digs, 137 kills, 97 blocks and 34 service aces. She has been named the NJCAA Setter of the Week three times this season (Oct. 24, Oct. 10 and Oct. 3). Droogsma is currently 25th in the nation in total assists.

Troutman is also a two-time selection to the All-Conference team, last year being selected as a Second Team member. She broke the all-time Seward County record for career digs this season, and also holds the single-season mark. She has recorded at least 15 digs in 18 matches this season and she is currently 12th in the country in total digs (599). In addition, Troutman has also been named the NJCAA Libero of the Week three times this season (Oct. 24, Oct. 10 and Sept. 19).

Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference
Jayhawk West All-Conference Team
Coach of the Year: Ryan Parker (Barton County)
Most Valuable Player: Dan Yang (Seward County)
Freshman of the Year: Dan Yang (Seward County)

First Team:
Dan Yang (Seward County), Ludmila Amaral (Hutchinson), Alik Cardosa de Sa (Barton County), Jelena Simic (Seward County), Marelle Lepmets (Garden City), Sarah Unruh (Hutchinson), Cristin Haines (Barton County)

Second Team:
Kara Robeson (Barton County), Vicmari Prospero (Colby), Rebecca Lima (Barton County), Lisa Ohanaja (Barton County), Alex Droogsma (Seward County), Melissa Gmur (Hutchinson), Courtney Purcella (Pratt)

Honorable Mention:
Kristi Parker (Butler), Lacey Olin (Pratt), Paloma Alvarez (Colby), Shawna Ruiz (Garden City), Katy Troutman (Seward County)