PAMELA CARTAGENAThis was a tight race — but Pittsburg State’s Pamela Cartagena beat out Emporia State’s Ting Liu and Arica Shepard for MIAA volleyball player of the year honors, unseating Liu, last year’s player of the year, then ending the Hornets’ season on Thursday at Warrensburg, Mo., in the first round of the NCAA Division II South Central Regional. Cartagena, a 5-foot-7 outside hitter (!) will end her career as a four-time first-team all-MIAA pick.
And, just to illustrate how competitive the league was this year, Liu wasn’t even a first-team pick this season at setter. That went to Washburn’s Kate Hampson as Liu was relegated to the second team. Shepard, ESU’s Brittney Miller and Washburn’s Mollie Lacy were also first-teamers.
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