Shafer, LaBaere and Kilpela receive MCCAA honors

Three St. Clair County Community College volleyball players were honored Monday when the Michigan Community College Athletic Association released its all-conference volleyball awards.

Sophomore Miranda Shafer (Norton Shores/Western Michigan Christian High School) and freshmen Erica LaBaere (Washington Twp./Romeo High School) and Jodi Kilpela (Howell/Howell High School) each brought home multiple awards for the Skippers, who ended their season with a 16-13 overall record.

Shafer and LaBaere were named All-MCCAA and All-Region XII, while Shafer and Kilpela were named First-Team All-MCCAA Eastern Conference.

LaBaere was named the conference’s Freshman of the Year, and was joined by Kilpela on the All-Freshmen Team.

Shafer finished the regular season with 465 assists, 152 digs and 27 service aces. It’s the second straight year that she has earned All-Region, All-MCCAA and All-MCCAA Eastern Conference honors.

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Erica LaBaere

LaBaere led the Skippers with 238 kills on the season, and her .307 hitting percentage ranked 42nd in the country. She added 56 total blocks, including 33 solos.

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Jodi Kilpela

Kilpela finished with 298 digs on the season, adding 23 service aces.

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