By Tim Glon
ADA — Ohio Northern senior middle hitter Chelsea Huppert (Bremen, Ind.) was named First Team All-America in volleyball for 2019 in voting conducted by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
She becomes the 12th player in ONU history to be named First, Second or Third Team All-America.
Senior libero McKenna Hostetler (Plain City/Alder) was named Honorable Mention All-America honors from the AVCA as all First Team All-Region selections that are not named First, Second or Third Team All-America receive Honorable Mention.
In all, 18 Polar Bears have earned 35 All-America honors in the program's history.
Huppert is a three-time First Team All-Great Lakes Region honoree and is a three-time First Team Academic All-District honoree.
She is also a four-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference award winner, earning First team accolades each of the past three seasons.
This season, Huppert finished second in the OAC with a .339 hitting percentage and was third with 356 kills and a 1.01 bps average.
Huppert is third all-time in ONU history with a career .338 hitting pct. and 125 career block solos, is fourth with 401 total blocks and is sixth with 1,380 kills.
Hostetler led the team and the OAC with 724 digs this season. She ends her career ranked fourth all-time in ONU history with career 2,139 digs.
The No. 10-ranked Polar Bears finished the 2019 season with a 27-6 overall record under the retiring 29th-year head coach Kate Witte.
Ohio Northern won the OAC Regular Season title with an 8-1 league mark and won the OAC Tournament as the No. 1 seed.
ONU then advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament with a victory over Aurora (Ill.)