The Truman softball team's inaugural season of Great Lakes Valley Conference play netted the program's highest number of all-conference honors in program history, as eight players were named to the GLVC all-conference West division squad â?? including seven to the first-team â?? on Thursday night. Headlining the seven players named to the first team was the GLVC co-Pitcher of the Year, sophomore Kindra Henze, and four-time all-conference recipient senior outfielder Kelsey Bollman. The duo was joined by Henze's battery-mate, freshman catcher Alexis Van Nostrand, along with junior first baseman Liz Leath, junior second baseman Andrea Klipsch, and junior third baseman Cate Simon.
Senior outfielder Danielle Lewellen also picked up first-team honors, while sophomore pitcher Kelsea Dorsey earned second-team accolades.
Lewellen earned all-conference honors for the first time in her career, serving primarily as the team's leadoff hitter in 47 games this season.
The Kirksville, Mo.-native hit .352 overall with four doubles and led the GLVC with 39 stolen bases. Henze picked up one of the conference's top honors as co-Pitcher of the Year after earning a 21-4 overall record in the circle in 28 appearances this season.
She posted an ERA of just 0.65 while striking out 167 batters in 162 innings pitched.
The Palmyra, Mo.-native set a program single-season record with 13 shutouts and walked just 21 batters.
She shared the league's top pitching accolade with Missouri-St. Louis sophomore Hannah Perryman.
Both Henze and Perryman earned GLVC Pitcher of the Week honors four times this year. Bollman, meanwhile, earned her second consecutive first-team all-conference honor, having picked up first-team all-MIAA recognition last season as a junior.
This year, the Maquoketa, Iowa-native hit .393 during the regular season, finishing with a league-best 66 hits while adding 12 doubles, six home runs, and 36 RBI.
She stole 10 bases and started all 49 games in the Bulldog outfield.
Bollman was also an all-MIAA second-team selection as a freshman and an honorable mention all-conference performer as a sophomore. Lewellen earned all-conference honors for the first time in her career, serving primarily as the team's leadoff hitter in 47 games this season.
The Kirksville, Mo.-native hit .352 overall with four doubles and led the GLVC with 39 stolen bases. A trio of juniors around the infield earned all-league status, led by a now three-time all-conference award winner in Leath.
The St. Charles, Mo.-native, Leath batted .333 on the season and made all 49 starts. She knocked out 10 doubles and five home runs en route to 24 RBI while posting a .994 fielding percentage at first base.
Leath was named honorable mention all-MIAA in both her freshman and sophomore seasons. Klipsch made all 49 starts at second base and batted primarily out of the No. 2 spot in the Truman lineup, hitting .385 overall with a team-best 15 doubles, 38 runs scored, and 42 RBI. The team's top hitter, Simon, earned an all-conference nod for the first time, as the O'Fallon, Mo.-native hit .394 while also making all 49 starts.
She led the Bulldogs with nine home runs and added nine doubles on her way to 34 total RBI. After taking a redshirt last season, Dorsey made her second all-conference appearance after earning second-team all-MIAA honors as a true freshman in 2012.
The Clarksville, Mo.-native put up a 19-5 record in 24 starts, holding opposing hitters to just a .200 batting average on her way to a 1.68 ERA.
She struck out 129 batters in 158.1 innings, walking just 27. Both Truman and UMSL put eight players on all-West division teams, while UIndy placed eight of its players on the all-East division squad.
The 2014 GLVC tournament kicks off on Friday morning, with the No. 3 seeded Bulldogs set to battle sixth-seeded Lewis (Ill.) at 12 p.m. from the EastSide Centre in East Peoria, Ill.
Courtesy Truman State University