Tuesday, December 06, 2011
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Belmont senior Maggie Johnson picked up yet another postseason award when she was named Honorable Mention for the AVCA All-South Region team, the AVCA announced Tuesday. The senior was named the Atlantic Sun Co-Player of the Year and finished second all-time in the conference in career kills.
Johnson also set numerous Belmont records, including a new career record for attacks while she finished second all-time at Belmont in career kills. Johnson's selection is the second in consecutive seasons for the Bruins after Kayla Albritton ended a two year drought with her selection in 2010.
"This is a great honor for Maggie as she wraps up her career as a Belmont volleyball player," Head Coach Deane Webb said. "Finishing the year ninth in the country in kills per set and 12th in the country in points per set certainly helped earn her this award, but the contributions I'm most thankful for are her all-around play, her physical toughness, and how much she improved in her four years at Belmont."
Johnson led Belmont and the Atlantic Sun in kills (4.62/set) and points (5.07/set) throughout the season en route to earning Atlantic Sun First Team honors for the second time in her career and helping the Bruins to their first ever regular season title. Belmont finished the season with 21 wins, the team's first 20+win effort since 2008. Johnson finished with one of the best seasons in school history, setting a new single-season mark in attacks (1,425) and recording the second best single-season effort in kills (513). She topped the career chart in attacks (4,431) and finished second in school history in career kills (1,558). In addition to her career and single season marks, she set various Curb Event Center records in 2011.
During her storied career as a Bruin, Johnson earned All-Conference honors in each of her four seasons. She was named to the All-Freshman team in 2008, was a First-Team Selection in 2009 and 2011, and was a Second-Team honoree in 2010. Johnson was named Academic All-Conference three times and at the end of 2011, was part of the inaugural Atlantic Sun All-Academic team and named the volleyball Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2011. She was the only player from the Atlantic Sun Conference to be named to the AVCA All-Region team.
Members of the All-Region team were selected based on their overall statistics, their performance against regionally ranked teams, and their performance against nationally ranked teams. On the season, Belmont played against two regionally and nationally ranked opponents in Kansas and Western Kentucky.
Johnson will graduate in May with a degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Education.