Northern Michigan University volleyball players Kayla Chosa, Madison Whitehead keep earning awards

Kayla Chosa

MARQUETTE — A pair of Northern Michigan University senior volleyball players earned postseason awards during the past week.

Kayla Chosa was named to the All-Midwest Region First Team by the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners’ Association, while Chosa and teammate Madison Whitehead earned similar All-Midwest Region honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

With the first award, Chosa advances to become a finalist for the D2CCA All-American Team.

The AVCA includes coaches at all collegiate levels of the sport with those in the Midwest region of NCAA Division II voting on the awards that include the two NMU players.

They led the Wildcats to a 21-8 overall record and tied for second in the GLIAC as the team posted a pair of six-match win streaks while sweeping 11 matches. Of their defeats this fall, four of the seven teams reached the NCAA Tournament and just one ended its season with less than 20 wins.

Madison Whitehead

Chosa finished her senior season with 140 total blocks, 107 block assists and led the GLIAC with 33 solo blocks. She also led the conference for most of the season before finishing second with 1.30 blocks per set.

Nationally, Chosa ranked eighth in blocks per set and 17th in total blocks as the Wildcats were the No. 1 team in NCAA Division II with 2.94 blocks per set and second with 317 total blocks.

Offensively, she totaled 301 kills, averaging 2.79 kills per set and had a .355 hitting percentage.

For her career, Chosa is second in NMU history with 112 solo blocks, 341 block assists and 443 total blocks, while her 1,120 kills ranks her ninth in school history.

Whitehead finished her NMU career third all-time with 1,323 kills after leading Northern with 326 this season. She also had 103 block assists and 110 total blocks, moving her into fifth in school history with 354 total blocks and fourth with 315 block assists.

Earlier in November, Chosa was named GLIAC Blocker of the Year and joined Whitehead on the All-GLIAC First Team. On opening weekend in September, Chosa was named the GLIAC Player of the Week while Whitehead earned the recognition twice during the season.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.