#ASunVB Countdown - Top Returning Leaders in Assists

Friday, August 23, 2013

MACON, Ga. - First serve for the 2013 Atlantic Sun Volleyball season occurs 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 focuses on an experience-laden group with four seniors and a junior comprising the top returning leaders in assists. Two of the five – Kendall Courtney and Sara Metroka – are also among the top 10 career leaders in assists.

Topping the list is Lipscomb's Caitlin Dotson, who led the A-Sun last season with an average of 11.67 assists per set. Dotson is a coaches' Preseason First-Team All-Conference selection after earning Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Second Team-All-Conference honors at the end of last season.

Second in the ranking is North Florida's Britt Claessens, who ranked third in assists last season overall, averaging 11.28 per set. Claessens also led the conference with the highest total of assists in 2012 with 1,376 and was second in the category in A-Sun play with 11.19 per set.

Kennesaw State's Sara Metroka was fourth in last year's overall and conference play and her 67 assists against USC Upstate fell just one shy of tying the conference record for assists in a conference match.

Jacksonville's Kendall Courtney finished fifth in assists in 2012 with 9.54 per set and ETSU's Jamie Rutledge also tallied more than 1,000 assists last season. Rutledge twice recorded the second-highest number of assists in a match last season, 64, both times in five-set thrillers against Northern Kentucky.

#1 for Assists
Quick Bio
Name: Caitlin Dotson
School: Lipscomb
Year: Senior
Position: Setter
Hometown:Louisville, Ky.
Previous School: Sacred Heart     

2012 Assists/Set: 11.67 Total Assists: 1214

#2 for Assists
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Name:Britt Claessens
School:North Florida
Year: Senior
Position: Setter
Hometown: Lake Mary, Fla..
Previous School: Lake Mary 

2012 Assists/Set: 11.28 Total Assists: 1376

#3 for Assists
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Name: Sara Metroka
School: Kennesaw State
Year: Senior
Position: Setter
Hometown: New Castle, Ind.
Previous School: New Castle Chrysler         

2012 Assists/Set: 10.35 Total Assists: 1201

#4 for Assists
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Name: Kendall Courtney
School: Jacksonville
Year: Senior
Position: Setter
Hometown: Houston, Tex.
Previous School: Cypress Falls  

2012 Assists/Set: 9.54 Total Assists: 1211

#5 for Assists
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Name: Jamie Rutledge
School: ETSU
Year: Junior
Position: Setter
Hometown: Kingsport, Tenn.
Previous School: Dobyns-Bennett       

2012 Assists/Set: 9.04 Total Assists: 1003