Salgado, Smith net all-conference honors

The Marshalltown Community College volleyball team’s best defensive player and most productive attacker were honored by the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Friday.

Sophomore libero Ashley Salgado was pinned as a first-team all-ICCAC member after leading the Tigers with 796 digs, while freshman and Marshalltown High School graduate Miranda Smith earned honorable mention honors after recording a team-high 367 kills.

Salgado ranked first in the ICCAC with a 6.37 digs per set average and was second in total digs. Her digs per set also ranked 10th nationally and the 796 digs ranked 13th in the nation. Salgado also served up a team-high 51 aces this year, which was good for fifth in the league.

Smith was a steady force at the net for the Tigers all season. The former Bobcat ranked fourth among all freshmen in the ICCAC with those 367 kills. She also posted 15 matches with double-digit kills and led the team with a .205 hitting percentage.

The middle hitter wasn’t just valuable on the offensive end. Smith also led the Tigers and was fourth in the conference with 134 blocks, 61 of which were solos.

Both Salgado and Smith were members of the All-Region XI-B squad. Salgado made first team and Smith was a second-teamer. It was the fourth straight season that at least two players were picked for all-region and all-conference.

The Tiger volleyball team went 22-20 on the year and recorded the program’s most wins since 2005.