OTTUMWA – Indian Hills sophomore Mariana Rodrigues was voted the top player in Region XI this year and her coach, Lyndsey Michel, was named the 2019 Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Division I Coach of the Year. The ICCAC announced the all-region volleyball honors on Thursday with Warrior teammates Cassia Lemos and Amanda Toyota joined Rodrigues on the all-region team.
Rodrigues followed up an All-American freshman campaign in 2018 by leading the region in kills with 481, the seventh-highest overall total in the NJCAA. The Warrior sophomore averages 4.04 kills per set, had double-digit kills in 31 of IHCC’s 36 matches, had a match-high of 22 and is fourth in digs with 371.
Lemos, the freshman setter for the Warriors, leads the nation in assists with 1581, over 200 more than the next closest setter. The total is already the highest mark in the NJCAA since 2016.
Lemos is averaging 13.29 assists per set. The native of Rio de Janerio, Brazil has had 50 or more assists in a match 12 times with a season-best of 68 against Northeast (Neb.).
Toyota, IHCC’s sophomore libero, is second in the conference in both digs with 417 and in digs per set with 4.17. Libero had a season-high 25 digs in a match against Jefferson (Mo.).
Michel is in her eighth season as head coach of the Warriors, directing IHCC to a 33-3 record including a program-best 16-0 start. Indian Hills will carry a 15-match winning streak into the district tournament this weekend in Mattoon, Ill.
Michel has a career record at IHCC of 230-86. The Warriors have won at least 30 matches five times since she took over in 2012 and, with two more wins, can clinch the program’s third-ever trip to the national tournament.