Volleyball

Five Earn Post-season Conference Volleyball Honors

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ROCK HILL, SC -- Catawba College placed four players on the 2006 South Atlantic Conference volleyball teams and another was selected to the All-Freshman Team when the post-season honors were announced on Friday by the league office.

Sophomore middle blocker Melissa Powers (Bennett, NC) and junior libero Missy Bartholomew (New Carlisle, IN) were first team selections, while sophomore hitter Melissa Griffith (Williamsburg, VA) and junior setter Andi Henderson (Swansboro, NC) were named to the second team. Hitter Mai Zoua Lo (Hickory, NC) was named to the All-Freshman Team.

Powers was the team-leader in kills and bocks entering the SAC Tournament. She was averaging 4.3 kills and 0.9 blocks per game. Powers also led the squad with a .333 hitting percentage. Bartholomew had a team-leading 482 digs, averaging just over five per game. She has added 19 service aces. Griffith and Henderson repeat as second team selections. Griffith pounded down nearly four kills per game, second on the team, while serving up 34 aces.

Griffith was second on the team in digs with 369 and chipped in with 37 blocks. Henderson averaged just over 12 assists a game as the setter. She added 89 kills, 37 aces, 36 blocks and 274 digs. Lo was fourth on the team in kills with 163 and third in digs with 319. She led the squad with 44 aces. Wingate senior middle blocker Rebecca Brezovec was named the Player of the Year and also received the SAC Scholar Athlete Award for the second year in a row. Brezovec finished second in the conference in hitting percentage, kills per game and was fourth in blocks per game.

Newberry College freshman Lorena Maia was named SAC Freshman of the Year after ranking eighth in kills per game and wa s the statistical champion in aces with 0.63 per game. Lenoir-Rhyne head coach Dave Markland, who guided the Bears to a share of the league crown, was named Coach of the Year for the second time in three years. Senior middle blocker Kathryn Phillips also was named SAC Scholar Athlete for volleyball.

2006 SOUTH ATLANTIC CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS AND AWARD RECIPIENTS

FIRST TEAM
 Kelli Sorensen, Carson-Newman
 Melissa Powers, CATAWBA
 Missy Bartholomew (Libero), CATAWBA
 Abby Smith, Lenoir-Rhyne
 Vivian Lacy, Tusculum
 Melissa Deluca, Wingate
 Molly Kerns, Wingate
 Rebecca Brezovec, Wingate


SECOND TEAM
 Kari Gibson, Carson-Newman
 Melissa Griffith, CATAWBA
 Andi Henderson, CATAWBA
 Kathryn Phillips, Lenoir-Rhyne
 Lauren McLelland, Lenoir- Rhyne
 Katie Novacek, Lenoir-Rhyne
 Alexis Rowles (Libero), Tusculum
  Lauren Alley, Wingate


ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
 Katie Troyer, Carson-Newman
 Mai Zova Lo, CATAWBA
 Jordan Ledford, Lenoir-Rhyne
 Lorena Maia, Newberry
 Julie Hollrah, Presbyterian
 Jackie Emmenecker, Wingate


PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
 Rebecca Brezovec, Wingate

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:
 Lorena Maia, Newberry

COACH OF THE YEAR:
 Dave Markland, Lenoir-Rhyne

SAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE:
 Rebecca Brezovec, Wingate;
 Kathryn Phillips, Lenoir-Rhyne

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