INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Franklin College sophomore middle blocker Abigail Sewell was rewarded for a strong 2018 season with her first career all-conference nod on Wednesday (Nov. 7) afternoon.
The Franklin-native was named First Team All-Conference by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) after emerging as one of the league's best players on both sides of the ball. She wasn't the only Grizzly to earn all-conference recognition, as senior libero Libby Stahl was named Franklin's recipient of the Christopher M. Ragsdale Sportsmanship award.
Sewell topped the Grizzlies with 251 kills and a .296 hitting percentage in 2018, with her 2.59 kills per set tied for the most on the team with junior Kyra Harvey. Additionally, her 55 blocks ranked second on the team behind Timber Falin and her 34 aces were the second most on the team, trailing only Allison Thompson's 38.
Additionally, Sewell chipped in with 99 digs and 12 assists, playing all 27 games and 97 sets on the season. She finished with 14 games of at least 10 kills, setting a new career-high with 19 in games against Earlham (Oct. 6) and Bluffton (Oct. 19). She also picked up her first double-double of the year with 11 kills and 10 digs against Rose-Hulman on Oct. 10.
Sewell's selection marks the fifth consecutive year a Grizzly middle picked up First Team All-HCAC honors, joining past selections Amanda Lelivelt (2015-17), Kourtney Settle (2015) and Jordan Finke (2014).