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Volleyball players honored for achievement on, off court

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Five Bethel College volleyball players received post-season honors from the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC).

Athletic accolades for the Threshers in the 2015 season go to Ashley Dishon, senior from Horton, Emma Hilgenfeld, sophomore from Whitewater, Katie Neira, sophomore from San Antonio, Texas, and Amanda Ramsden, sophomore from Coquitlam, British Columbia, all named All-KCAC Honorable Mention.

Dishon, Hilgenfeld and Neira were All-KCAC in 2014 while Ramsden appears on the list for the first time.

In addition, Tia Goertzen, junior from Goessel, was named to the KCAC Champions of Character Team.

“Tia consistently provided leadership for the Threshers,” said head coach John Marble, “serving on the campus Champions of Character team and organizing the team Service Day project at Asbury Park [in Newton.]

“She was also the lead student for the fall blood drive and serves as a student ambassador [in Admissions].”

The NAIA Champions of Character program was designed to remind athletes, coaches and fans to act in relation to core values in all aspects of life. Champions of Character core values are integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2015-16 analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2015-16. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

In sports, Bethel competes within the 11-school KCAC and the NAIA. For more information, see

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