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Point Park Pioneers get four players on KIAC Volleyball All-Conference team

Nov. 21, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. ET

KIAC All-Conference selections (L to R): Tabea Dalliard (L -- 2nd Team), Emily Meng (S -- 2nd Team), Ashley Taylor (RS -- 1st Team), Shiloh Simonson (OH -- 1st Team). Photo by Zachary Weiss.



PITTSBURGH -- KIAC Tournament champion Point Park University had four players named to the 2014 KIAC Volleyball All-Conference teams announced by the conference this week.

Point Park (27-15, 8-2 KIAC), which will compete in the NAIA Volleyball National Championship Opening Round Nov. 22 at NAIA No. 15 Georgetown (Ky.), led the KIAC with four all-conference selections spread across the first and second teams.

Sophomore outside hitter Shiloh Simonson (Venetia, Pa./Peters Twp. HS) and freshman right-side hitter Ashley Taylor (North Hills, Pa./North Hills HS) were named to the KIAC All-Conference First Team.

Freshman libero Tabea Dalliard (Morel-Filet, Switzerland) and sophomore setter Emily Meng (Indianapolis, Ind./Wright State Univ.) were named to the KIAC All-Conference Second Team.

All four Point Park honorees earned all-conference nods for the first time in their careers, and none of them is older than a sophomore.

Simonson is enjoying a strong season for the second year in a row. The six-rotation outside hitter from Peters Township High School leads the Pioneers with 395 kills in 40 matches for an average of just under 10 kills per match. She also leads the team with a KIAC-best 67 service aces, a figure that ranks fifth in the NAIA. 

Simonson has established herself as one of the top all-around players in the KIAC ranking second in the KIAC with 395 kills, sixth with 419 digs and first with 67 aces. She also has posted 37 total blocks.

Taylor also earned a spot on the KIAC All-Conference First Team due to her tremendous freshman season. The 6-0 product of North Hills High School was eighth in the KIAC and second on the Point Park team with 310 kills in 38 matches.

Taylor also ranked highly in the KIAC with a team-best hitting percentage of .241 good for eighth in the conference. Taylor also added 69 total blocks to rank third on the team and 17th in the conference.

Point Park setter Emily Meng was one of only two setters on the all-conference teams, and she got a selection on the KIAC All-Conference Second Team. The sophomore from Indianapolis, Ind., and transfer from Wright State University racked up 1,194 assists to lead the KIAC. 

Meng also totaled 296 digs to rank 20th in the KIAC and fourth on the team and also had 35 blocks. Meng's statistics are even more impressive given the Pioneers run a 6-2 formation with two setters splitting time along with Cara Bradley.

Point Park freshman libero Tabea Dalliard was named to the KIAC All-Conference Second Team as one of only two defensive players on the first or second team. The native of Morel-Filet, Switzerland, is a defensive force for the Pioneers with 704 digs to rank 16th in the NAIA and fourth in the KIAC.

Dalliard's 704 digs have come in 41 matches for an average of 17.1 per match. She has posted 20 or more digs 17 times this year. Also a strong server, Dalliard has 64 aces to rank seventh in the NAIA and second in the KIAC behind only teammate Simonson.

For the complete list of KIAC Volleyball All-Conference teams, click the link above.

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