ETSU's Megan Devine the A-Sun Volleyball Player of the Year

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

MACON, Ga. – ETSU junior outside hitter Megan Devine is the A-Sun Volleyball Player of the Year, the conference office announced on Tuesday.

Devine began 2012 as the A-Sun Preseason Player of the Year and finished the season as the A-Sun leader in kills with 495 (3.99 per set), including a conference high of 291 (4.04 per set) in A-Sun play. Devine leads all A-Sun players with 23 double-doubles, which places her among the nation’s best and is one shy of tying the single-season A-Sun mark. Devine broke three A-Sun records this season as she set the new conference record for double-doubles in conference only matches (15), broke the single-season record for attempts (1,432), and attempts in conference only matches (839). She also ranks eighth in service aces per set (0.27) and 10th in digs per set (3.37). Devine also finished the season with 10 straight double-doubles and recorded double-digit kills in all but one of her 32 games played.

FGCU’s Dave Nichols received the Coach of the Year honor after the Eagles captured their third regular season title since joining the A-Sun in 2007. Prior to their loss to ETSU on Nov. 2, Nichols guided the Eagles to a 15-game win streak, tying them for the second-longest win streak in the nation.

North Florida’s Nicole Baran claimed the Libero of the Year honor as she led all players with 580 digs and finished second overall in digs with five per set. Baran also landed on the A-Sun All-Conference First Team. Baran consistently ranked among the top 50 players in the nation in digs per set.

Jacksonville’s Sammie Strausbaugh earned the Freshman of the Year honor as she ranked first among freshmen in kills (360) and service aces (34), while also finishing second in digs (286) and fourth in blocks (44) and assists (22). Strausbaugh helped the Dolphins secure their spot in the A-Sun championship down the stretch by recording double-digits kills in eight of her final 10 matches and firing 12 aces in the Dolphins’ final three matches.

FGCU’s Jill Hopper joined Devine as unanimous selections to the All-Atlantic Sun First-Team. Hopper led the Eagles in kills (2.94), points (370) and service aces (/36) and is ranked second in the A-Sun in service aces and sixth in kills in A-Sun matches.

The 2012 Atlantic Sun Volleyball Championship will be played Nov. 15-17, 2012, hosted by Lipscomb at Allen Arena in Nashville. First-round play begins at 5 p.m. (CST) on Nov. 15 and can be seen free on ASun.TV, the conference’s online delivery system. Friday’s semifinals and Saturday’s final can be seen on ESPN3, Friday’s games at 5 and 7:30 p.m. (CST) and Saturday’s final at 3 p.m. (CST)

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: East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, Northern Kentucky University, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.