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Landre named to SLIAC first-team

Union photo by Andy Krutsinger

Iowa Wesleyan’s Lida Landre won first team All-SLIAC honors this season in women’s volleyball.
Union photo by Andy Krutsinger Iowa Wesleyan’s Lida Landre won first team All-SLIAC honors this season in women’s volleyball.

Iowa Wesleyan’s Lida Landre was honored last week by the St. Louis Athletic Conference, being named to the All-SLIAC first team. The senior hitter was the only Tiger named to the first or second team, and one of just seven SLIAC players earning a first team nod.

Landre had a fantastic season with the Tigers, finishing third in the conference in both kills (339) and kills per set. She scored a total of 375.5 points, also third in the league.

Landre ended the season with a .308 hitting percentage, which was second in the SLIAC. She also showed off her all-around play by finishing top 35 in service aces, tallying 25 aces and just 23 errors on the year.

Although not known as a defensive player, Landre did finish the year with 19 total blocks and 90 digs.

Ariel Smale, another senior, represented the Tigers on the All-Sportsmanship team. Each team gets one player named to the All-Sportsmanship squad.

While statistics don’t factor into sportsmanship, Smale had quite the year for IW, finishing top 10 in the conference with 454 assists. She also had 303 digs on the year, which was top 20 in the conference.

Smale dished out 27 service aces this season with just 22 service errors, and also contributed to the Tiger offense with a .089 hitting percentage and 165 kills.

The Tigers finished the season 10-19 overall and 6-12 in conference play, taking seventh out of the 10 SLIAC squads.