Volleyball Scots see six tabbed USA South All-Conference

Volleyball Scots see six tabbed USA South All-Conference

(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) - The USA South Athletic Conference has announced its 2017 All-Conference awards for volleyball.

Averett University's Hannah Shields was named the Player of the Year while her coach Danny Miller earned Coach of the Year honors. Salem College's Maggie Hawks collected Rookie of the Year accolades while William Peace University's Carson Williams named Libero of the Year. Also, the USA South recognized an All-Sportsmanship Team consisting of one member from each competing school.

All awards are voted on by the volleyball coach at each institution. The divisional team voting is completed only by those coaches in the particular division. The all-conference and individual award voting is completed by all coaches.

Maryville saw a total of six Scots on the All-Conference list — more than any other school in the USA South. Head Coach Kandis Schram said she was excited about that — especially as Maryville put together a 9-3 record in the Western Division for a second-place finish.

MC battled off a five-set match with Piedmont College on Tuesday night — their third with the Lions this season — to advance to the semifinals of the USA South Tournament on Friday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m. The match will be against Averett University in Danville, Va.

"I think it's a great representation of what we've been trying to teach all year, which is this is a team effort," Schram said. "It's great when your peers uplift individual accolades, but this team really exemplifies that it's a full-body effort."

Brianne Sidner earned First-Team Western Division accolades behind her 236 kills and 144 digs. She added 23 blocks to her credit for the top Western Division honor.

"This has been a big year for Bri," Schram said. "It's her second year, managing, as well as coming into her own. Being recognized by the conference is great, but I think she'd be the first one to tell you that what's equally more important is what the team has been able to accomplish."

Maryville's seniors Nia Haller and Kaitlyn Flickinger each earned Second-Team Western Division accolades with their stellar senior campaigns. Haller ranked first on MC's squad with 244 kills, as she added a second-ranked 298 digs. Haller's dig total ranked only behind Flickinger's 459, as the Libero added 102 assists. The duo combined for 42 service aces to lead the Scots to a second-place ranking in the Western Division.

"I'm especially excited for them, to know that in their final year, they're able to have this honor," Schram said. "They've worked hard to keep the tradition strong — the Maryville tradition within the conference. I'm especially excited for them."

Dejane Hester-Taylor and Saidee McDaniel also earned Second-Team Western Division honors with the Scots. Hester-Taylor recorded 149 kills to go along with a team-leading 46 blocks. McDaniel had a stellar season as well, adding 605 assists and 48 kills for MC.

Taylor Youell also earned conference accolades, collecting the USA South All-Sportsmanship award.

Shields, a Keeling, Virginia senior outside hitter, has now been named Player of the Year for the third consecutive season. These honors are added to her Rookie of the Year accolade in 2014. Therefore, she becomes the first player in USA South Volleyball history to earn three Player of the Year Awards along with a Rookie of the Year honor. Shields also becomes just the second player in League history to be named Player of the Year three times, joining former Averett star Bren LaFlamme Taylor (1995-1997). She is currently the top offensive performer in the Conference this season, leading the League in kills (500), kills per set (4.31), points (566) and points per set (4.9). Additionally, Shields is ranked in the top-ten in total service aces with 51 and total digs with 426 while adding 3.67 digs per set. She collects her fourth consecutive First Team All-Conference honor this fall and was also named First Team East Division for the second consecutive year. Finally, Shields was named USA South Player of the Week twice during the season.

Hawks, a freshman libero from Mount Airy, North Carolina, becomes the first Spirit to earn an individual USA South honor in the sport of volleyball in the program's short League history. She currently leads all rookies and is second in the Conference in total digs with 587 while fourth in digs per set with 5.24. Hawks also accumulated 65 assists and 24 service aces this season. Against USA South opposition alone, she again was the leading rookie in the categories of digs and digs per set, both of which ranked her fourth among all Conference performers. For her efforts this season, Hawks received Second Team East Division honors while being named USA South Defensive Player of the Week three times.

Williams, a senior libero from Beulaville, North Carolina, becomes the first Pacer in program history to collect an individual USA South honor in the sport of volleyball. She currently has a League-leading 713 total digs and a 5.66 digs per set average. Williams also has contributed 81 assists and 13 service aces thus far. In USA South-only matches, she led the Conference in total digs with 404 which translated into a League-best 6.21 digs per set average. Williams was named First Team All-Conference and First Team East Division this season for the first time as she collects all-conference accolades for the fourth consecutive fall. Finally, Williams was named USA South Defensive Player of the Week three times this season.

Miller, in his 23rd season leading the Cougars, adds to his record of USA South Volleyball Coach of the Year honors, claiming the ninth of his career. The Cougars captured the USA South's East Division Championship after posting a perfect mark in Conference action (16-0) for the second consecutive season. The regular season title is the Averett program's third consecutive and League-best 17th all-time. With a 31-3 overall record this year's squad has tied the all-time record for most wins in a Cougar season set by both the 2000 and 2003 teams. Miller now leads Averett into the USA South Tournament semifinals as the East's top seed and host.

The 2017 USA South Volleyball All-Conference Team: 

First Team All-Conference

Caroline Corey, Meredith
Ginny Moore, Covenant
Schuyler Moore, Covenant
Hannah Shields, Averett
Liana Solomon, William Peace
Brianna Williams, Averett
Carson Williams, William Peace


First Team East Division

Second Team East Division

First Team West Division

Second Team West Division

Hannah Blaylock, Meredith
Caroline Corey, Meredith
Cassidy Hayes, Methodist
Hannah Shields, Averett
Liana Solomon, William Peace
Brianna Williams, Averett
Carson Williams, William Peace

Lindsay Alford, William Peace
Alex Hafliger, Meredith
Maggie Hawks, Salem
Emily Horn, Greensboro
Taylor Moulton, Salem
Sarah Smoot, Averett
Brittany Ter Meer, Methodist

Emily Arnold, LaGrange
Katelyn Durmire, Piedmont
Haley Hixon, Piedmont
Ginny Moore, Covenant
Schuyler Moore, Covenant
Brianne Sidner, Maryville 
Amy Tyma, Huntingdon

Kaitlyn Flickinger, Maryville 
Nia Haller, Maryville 
Hannah Harris, Covenant
Dejane Hester-Taylor, Maryville 
Resa Knott, Agnes Scott
Saidee McDaniel, Maryville
Bria Rochelle, Huntingdon





All-Sportsmanship Team
Paige LaMore, Agnes Scott
Emily Stanley, Averett
Alexandra Wilkins, Berea
Hannah Elmore, Brevard
Olivia Becker, Covenant
Samantha Sabater, Ferrum
Emily Horn, Greensboro
Bria Rochelle, Huntingdon
Samantha James, LaGrange
Tatyana Johnson, Mary Baldwin
Taylor Youell, Maryville
Katie Keen, Meredith
Megan Andrews, Methodist
Augusta Preston, N.C. Wesleyan
Sam Smith, Pfeiffer
Hannah Collins, Piedmont
Alexis Sunderland, Salem
Josie Richardson, William Peace