#ASunVB Countdown: Top Returning Leaders in Kills

Thursday, August 22, 2013

MACON, Ga. - The 2013 Atlantic Sun Volleyball season begins on Friday, Aug. 30th and as a preview, the A-Sun is taking a look at some of the top returning student-athletes in the conference.

Today, the spotlight begins by focusing on the top returning leaders in kills.

Topping the list is 2013 Preseason A-Sun Player of the Year Megan Devine from ETSU, who finished second in the A-Sun last season with an average of 3.94 kills per set. Devine was the 2012 A-Sun Player of the Year and A-Sun Championship MVP and was the only player in the conference to achieve more than 500 kills with 547, which led the conference overall while she also tallied the most in conference matches (291). She set A-Sun records for most double-doubles in a season (25) and in a conference season (15), and for the most attack attempts in a season (1,586) and in conference play (839). Devine is 337 kills away from becoming the A-Sun all-time career leader in kills, currently ranking fifth with 1,410.

The second and third positions are held by a pair of Lipscomb Bisons who are also 2013 Preseason All-Conference selections. Lauren Ford finished third in the A-Sun last season (3.74 kills/set) with Jewell Dobson just behind in fourth (3.64 kills/set). Both were also Second-Team All-Conference selections in 2012.

Mercer's Molly Locke, a member of the 2012 A-Sun All-Freshman Team, led the Bears and was the only freshman in the A-Sun to rank in the top 10 in kills last season.

Preseason Fan Vote Libero of the Year and 2012 Second-Team All-Conference selection Kayla McAvoy from USC Upstate rounds out the top five. McAvoy led the Spartans in attack percentage (.299) and in kills (345, 3.25/set).

#1 for Kills
Quick Bio
Name: Megan Devine
School: ETSU
Year: Senior
Position: Outside Hitter
Hometown:Kingsport, Tenn.
Previous School: Dobyns-Bennett     

2012 Kills/Set: 3.94 Total Kills: 547

#2 for Kills
Quick Bio
Name: Lauren Ford
School: Lipscomb
Year: Junior
Position: Outside Hitter
Hometown: Lenexa, Kan.
Previous School: St. Thomas Aquinas 

2012 Kills/Set: 3.74 Total Kills: 389

#3 for Kills
Quick Bio
Name: Jewell Dobson
School: Lipscomb
Year: Junior
Position: Middle Blocker
Hometown:Shepherdsville, Ky.
Previous School:Mercy Academy         

2012 Kills/Set: 3.46 Total Kills: 360

#4 for Kills
Quick Bio
Name: Molly Locke
School: Mercer
Year: Sophomore
Position: Outside Hitter
Hometown: College Grove, Tenn.
Previous School: Page  

2012 Kills/Set: 3.31 Total Kills: 354

#5 for Kills
Quick Bio
Name: Kayla McAvoy
School: USC Upstate
Year: Junior
Position: Middle Blocker
Hometown: Boiling Springs, S.C.
Previous School: Boiling Springs       

2012 Kills/Set: 3.25 Total Kills: 345