Mongold and Rayner recognized during Athletic Hall of Fame
|Campus President Leonard Colelli presented Student Athletes Morgan Mongold and Kristen Rayner with Outstanding Athlete of the Year awards during Potomac State College of West Virginia University’s annual Athletic Hall of Fame banquet. Also presenting was Athletic Director Shawn White.|
During the annual Athletic Hall of Fame banquet this spring at Potomac State College (PSC) of West Virginia University, students Morgan Mongold and Kirsten Rayner were recognized as Outstanding Female Athletes of the Year for 2015.
Mongold, who is majoring in pre-medical laboratory science, is from Wardensville, W.Va. and a graduate of East Hardy High School.
“I was very pleased to find out that Morgan was receiving the Female Athlete of the Year award. She did an outstanding job in her two years at PSC. She has grown into an extremely good player and leader on and off the court,” said Head Volleyball Coach Martha Ganoe.
Mongold plays in the position of outside hitter on the Catamount Volleyball team where she was voted runner-up for the Region XX Player of the Year by the Region XX coaches. She was also selected to the All-Region XX First-Team this year where she led the Region in hitting percentage, kills per game and total kills. She was also ranked 7th in the region for digs per set.
Mongold has been named to the Region XX All-Tournament Team for both years she played at the College and was nationally ranked in the top 25 offensively, 22nd in hitting and 19th in kills per set. Furthermore, she was selected to the Braves Invitational All-Tournament Team in Pembroke, N.C.
“I will miss Morgan's tenacity and determination on the court; she is a fierce competitor who strives for perfection on and off the court,” added Coach Ganoe. The Catamounts have won the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference six of the past seven years, finishing this year with a record of 21-10.
Rayner is a pre-physical therapy major from Lonaconing, Md. and a graduate of Northern Garrett County High School. She plays in the position of forward on the women’s soccer team, and as a forward on the Lady Cats basketball team at the College.
As a soccer player, Rayner was named to the 2013 NJCAA All-Region XX Team. In addition to being the Lady Cats leading scorer, she had 12 goals and 3 assists in 13 games her freshman year; and 12 goals and 6 assists during her sophomore year.
As a member of the basketball team, Rayner played in 21 games, scoring an average of 8.3 points per game. She had 125 total rebounds and 25 steals. According to Head Women’s Basketball Coach James Walton, “Kirsten is a person that could juggle not only the two sports she participated in, but her academics as well, which never suffered. She always gave 110 percent every time she was on the court, whether it was for practice or at a game.”