LEWISBURG, Pa. – Mimi Richards represented Bucknell volleyball on the All-Patriot League Second Team, as announced by the league office on Tuesday. She is the first Bison player to earn all-league status before their junior season since Chelsea Anderson in 2003.

Richards had a record-setting season for the Bison, setting a new mark for the program with 121 block assists. She just missed cracking the top five in total blocks with 139. Richards wasn’t a one-dimensional player, though, as she finished second on the team with 256 kills with a .305 hitting percentage.

Richards had double-digit kills 13 times, including a career-high 22 with a .459 hitting percentage in a four-set win over Colgate. She tallied at least five total blocks 15 times during the season, including a career-high 10 in a four-set match against Providence.

Bucknell has now had an All-Patriot League Player in two of the past three seasons. Karen Campbell earned the honor as a senior in 2015.

Richards was one of six freshmen and sophomores on the All-Patriot League squads.

Patriot League regular season champion American took two of the major awards with junior Aleksandra Kazala being named Player of the Year and Kristen Largay earning Libero of the Year recognition. Navy junior Patricia Mattingly was voted the Setter of the Year, while her coach, Larry Bock, was tabbed as the Coach of the Year. Colgate’s Alli Lowe was named the league’s top rookie.

Bucknell finished 14-14 overall and 8-8 in the Patriot League. The Bison were in the playoff hunt all the way to the final week, finishing just one match out of the four-team field.


2017 Patriot League Volleyball Major Award Winners
Player of the Year: Aleksandra Kazala, American, Jr., OH
Setter of the Year: Patricia Mattingly, Navy, Jr., Setter
Libero of the Year: Kristen Largay, American, So., L
Rookie of the Year: Alli Lowe, Colgate, Fr., OH
Coach of the Year: Larry Bock, Navy

All-Patriot League First Team Aleksandra Kazala, American, Jr., OH
Carolyn Bockrath, Army West Point, Sr., MB
Vanessa Wesley, Army West Point, Jr., MB
Alli Lowe, Colgate, Fr., OH
Ana Spangenberg, Lehigh, So. RS
Tara Dotzauer, Navy, Sr. OPP
Patricia Mattingly, Navy, Jr., S

All-Patriot League Second Team
Kennedy Etheridge, American, Jr., S
Vela McBride, American, So., MB
Helena Elbaek, American, Fr., OH
Amber Clay, Army West Point, Sr., OH
Mimi Richards, Bucknell, So., MB
Lauren Bright, Lehigh, So., MB
Katie Patrick, Navy, Jr., MB