Three #ASunVB Standouts on AVCA South Region Team

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

MACON, Ga. – Atlantic Sun Conference Volleyball Player of the Year Jewell Dobson led a trio of A-Sun players on the 2013 American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I South Region team, the AVCA announced Tuesday.

This was the first time in the history of the award that three A-Sun players earned membership to an AVCA Regional team. Dobson, her Lipscomb University teammate Lauren Ford and East Tennessee State University’s Megan Devine joined 11 other student-athletes on the South Region team.

Dobson propelled the Lady Bisons to their sixth A-Sun Championship final in the last seven years. She led the A-Sun in kills per set (4.53), is currently 13th in the nation in the category and has ranked among the nation's top 10 for most of the season. She is also among the top 50 in the nation in hitting percentage, checking in at No. 34 (.378).

A 2013 A-Sun All-Conference First-Team and A-Sun Championship All-Tournament Team selection, Dobson also was a two-time A-Sun Player of the Week in 2013. With 507 kills in 2013, she totals 1,123 for her career and this season became one of six in the Lipscomb program in the NCAA era and the seventh overall to reach 1,000 career kills. Dobson also is 11th nationally in points per set (5.16).

Ford joined Dobson on the 2013 A-Sun Championship All-Tournament Team and is also one of the six players in Lipscomb’s NCAA history to break 1,000 kills barrier. She was one of four Lady Bisons on the A-Sun All-Conference First Team and finished third in the conference overall in kills per set (3.77). Ford was also third among active career leaders in kills in the A-Sun, now with 1,138 for her career.

Dobson and Ford helped Lipscomb lead the nation in kills per set for most of the season, and the Lady Bisons currently rank third (15.03) nationally.

Devine returns to the AVCA South Region Team after earning Honorable Mention honors in 2012. She followed up her 2012 A-Sun Player of the Year honor by becoming the A-Sun’s career leader in kills in 2013 and finishing second nationally among career leaders with 1,940. She led the A-Sun in total kills with 530 and finished second in the A-Sun and 14th nationally with 4.49 per set.

Ford and Devine were also members of the seven-member 2013 A-Sun Academic All-Conference Team, Ford with a 3.94 in Exercise Science and Devine with a 3.66 in Physical Education.

The AVCA South Region honors include a 14-member All-Region team, a South Region Freshman of the Year, and a six-member Honorable Mention team.

Headquartered in Lexington, Ky., the AVCA is managed by Associations International. The mission of the AVCA is to develop the sport of volleyball and its coaches. With a membership of over 6,000 and counting, the AVCA provides a professional network for those individuals and companies dedicated to enhancing and promoting the sport. Members include collegiate, high school, club, youth and Olympic coaches, as well as volleyball club directors. The AVCA provides education to volleyball coaches, recognition of elite players and coaches, promotion of volleyball competitions throughout the world, and networking opportunities for volleyball products and services providers. Further information is available at www.avca.org.

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.