Tuesday, November 15, 2011
MACON, Ga. – Lipscomb’s Katie Rose and Belmont’s Maggie Johnson both earned a share of the 2011 Atlantic Sun Conference Volleyball Player of the Year honor for the first time in conference history, announced today by the league office. The Lady Bisons and Bruins also split the regular-season title with both teams finishing league play at 11-2.
Rose capped the season with a 312 kills, a .346 hitting percentage and 76 blocks. She ranked in the top-ten for hitting percentage (.346; 2nd), (3.96; 5th), kills/set (3.18; 7th) and blocks/set (.78; 9th). Johnson led the league in kills with 486 and ranks third all-time in A-Sun history with 1,531 career kills. The senior outside hitter also racked up 337 digs and also led the league in points with 530.5.
Belmont’s Deane Webb received the Coach of the Year honor after the Bruins led the conference in wins with a 20-8 record and claimed their first A-Sun title in program history. Webb previously won the honor in 2004 and 2006.
The Bruins’ Jamie Lundstrom picked up the Libero of the Year honor as she led the A-Sun in digs per set at 4.88, while her season total of 488 ranked second in the conference. FGCU’s Jill Hopper was tabbed the Freshman of the Year as the outside hitter racked up 358 kills – the most by an A-sun freshman. She also ranked third in the A-Sun in service aces with 46 and seventh in total points/set at 3.74. Hopper also landed on the second team all-conference list.
Kennesaw State’s Alyssa Lang joined Rose and Johnson as unanimous selections to the All-Conference First Team. Lang finished the season ranked 11th in the A-Sun in kills/set (2.84), 10th in digs/set (3.43) and 13th in points (3.09).
Hopper and Lipscomb freshmen duo of Lauren Ford and Jewell Dobson were unanimous honorees for the A-Sun All-Freshman Team.
The 2011 Atlantic Sun Volleyball Championship gets underway on Nov. 17th with the championship final taking place on Saturday, Nov. 19th in Lipscomb’s Allen Arena. All games of the championship are broadcasted for free on ASun.TV.
The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I league with 10 member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.