Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- UMD's volleyball team has earned themselves prestigious accolades. Junior, outside hitter, Kate Lange has been named the 2012 NSIC Player of the Year and four other players on the team have been named First Team All-Conference. Lange contributed to the Bulldog's offense when she racked up 313 of her 460 kills against conference competition with an average of 4.97 kills per set. Lange, a Hibbing, MN native, scooped 175 digs and posted 41 total blocks. She leads the NSIC in average of 5.64 points per set with two matches remaining in the regular season. Lange has been become the 16th Bulldog to achieve 1,000 kills in a career earlier this season and claimed NSIC Offensive Player of the Week Honors on three occasions, as well as the AVCA National Player of the Week Honors. In 2011, Lange was also named a 2011 First Team All-American. Freshman Ashley Hinsch, Junior Kate Lange, Senior Kalli Lochner, and Sophmore Julie Rainey, were also named First Team All-Conference players.