Salgado, Smith secure all-region volleyball

Coming off its highest win total since 2005, two players from the Marshalltown Community College women’s volleyball team were named to the all-NJCAA Division I Region XI-B team.

Tigers sophomore libero Ashley Salgado was a first-team selection and freshman Miranda Smith earned second-team honors.

Salgado, a two-time Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Week this season, is the first Tiger to attain first-team recognition since middle hitter Erica Swanger-Weeks made the Region XI-A team in 2011.

Salgado was crucial on the defensive end for MCC with a team-best 796 digs (6.37/set). The sophomore led the ICCAC in digs per set and was second in total digs, while finishing 10th and 13th in the categories nationally. The Ottumwa native also served up a team-high 51 aces on the year – the fifth highest total in the conference.

Smith sparked the MCC offense ranking fourth among all freshman in the ICCAC in total kills with a team-high 367. The Marshalltown grad also reached double-digit kills in 15 matches and led the Tigers with a .205 hitting percentage. The Albion native also had a presence on defense, ranking fourth in the league in total blocks (134). Smith also led MCC in solo blocks (61) and block assists (73).

The Tigers closed the season with a 22-20 record, the program’s largest win total in eight seasons.