Volleyball's Katie Rietberg And McKenna Otto Named All-MIAA First Team

McKenna Otto posing for a portrait Katie Rietberg posed for portrait in uniform. by Alan Babbitt

Katie Rietberg and McKenna Otto both delivered on the volleyball court for Hope College this season, despite opponents' best efforts to stop them.

They have been named to the All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association First Team for the 2018 season. Otto also was named the MIAA's Freshman of the Year.

Rietberg, pictured left, averaged 2.60 kills per set over eight regular-season MIAA matches. An outside hitter, she totaled 15 kills during a three-set against Alma College on September 15.

The senior from Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa HS) was a second-team selection as a junior.

"Katie's dependability and leadership - both on and off the court - have been stellar," head coach Becky Schmidt said. "She is someone we trust in any situation and finds ways to be successful, even when the situation is stacked against her."

Otto, pictured right, is a middle hitter from Wheaton, Illinois (Wheaton North). She ranked seventh in the MIAA with a team-best 3.16 kills per set during league matches. She had the fourth-best hitting percentage against MIAA foes at .344.

Otto also was third in the league at 1.12 blocks her set.

"McKenna has been an incredible addition to our team this year," Schmidt said. "Her volleyball skill is impressive, but her aggressive attitude is just as valuable. She is a hard worker and incredibly versatile."

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