USA South 2018 Volleyball Awards Announced

USA South 2018 Volleyball Awards Announced

You The USA South Athletic Conference has announced its 2018 All-Conference awards for volleyball. Meredith College's Caroline Corey was named the Player of the Year while her coach Fiona Barkley earned Coach of the Year honors. Maryville College's Meredith Bonee collected Rookie of the Year accolades while William Peace University's Emily Braxton 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.

Corey, a junior outside hitter from Greenville, North Carolina adds her second individual honor of her career after she was named Rookie of the Year in 2016. She is the first Avenging Angel to be named USA South Player of the Year in the sport of volleyball. She currently leads the Conference in points scored per set with 4.3 while also averaging 3.58 kills and 2.81 digs per set with a .225 hitting percentage. Additionally, Corey has added 45 service aces, 23 blocks and 16 assists so far this fall. In matches versus USA South opposition Corey averaged 3.75 kills, 2.86 digs and 4.3 points per set with a .241 hitting percentage. She collects First Team All-Conference and First Team East Division honors for the third consecutive season. Finally, Corey was named USA South Player of the Week twice during the year.

Bonee, a freshman right side hitter/setter from Knoxville, Tennessee, becomes the first Scot to be named USA South Rookie of the Year in the sport of volleyball. She has produced a well-rounded year for her squad as she has averaged 4.68 assists, 2.40 digs and 1.87 kills per set. Bonee has also accumulated 31 service aces and 21 blocks during the fall.  Against USA South opposition alone, she upped her kills per set averaged to 2.00 while maintaining her other contributions (4.64 assists and 2.34 digs per set). For her efforts this season, Bonee received First Team All-Conference and First Team West Division honors while being named USA South Rookie of the Week three times.

Braxton, a freshman libero from Willow Spring, North Carolina, becomes the second consecutive Pacer to collect League Libero of the Year honors. She currently has a League-leading 520 total digs, good for a 5.10 digs per set average. Braxon also has contributed 108 assists and 41 service aces thus far. In USA South-only matches, she compiled 257 digs, which equated to a 4.59 per set average, while adding 68 assists and 20 service aces. Braxton was named Second Team East Division this season and was named USA South Defensive Player of the Week once this fall.

Barkley, in her 11th year leading Meredith and one year removed from taking a season away from the bench, earns her first USA South Volleyball Coach of the Year honor. The Avenging Angels captured a share of the USA South's East Division Championship, the program's second regular season title and first since 2014, after posting a 15-1 mark in Conference action. With a current 21-4 overall record, Barkley has led Meredith to fifth consecutive 20-plus win seasons with her on the sideline. Barkley now takes the Avenging Angels into the USA South Tournament semifinals as the East's top seed and host, looking to capture the tournament title for the second time in three years.

 

 
Player of the Year Rookie of the Year Libero of the Year Coach of the Year

Caroline Corey
Meredith

Meredith Bonee
Maryville

Emily Braxton
William Peace

Fiona Barkley
Meredith
 

The 2018 USA South Volleyball All-Conference Team:  

First Team All-Conference
Meredith Bonee, Maryville
Caroline Corey, Meredith
Jazzlyn Kenner, LaGrange
Brienna Laskowski, William Peace
Mya Parks, William Peace
Brittany Ter Meer, Methodist
Amy Tyma, Huntingdon
       
First Team East Division Second Team East Division First Team West Division Second Team West Division
Caroline Corey, Meredith
Sha'Nice Frazier, William Peace
Brienna Laskowski, William Peace
McKenzie Miller, Averett
Mya Parks, William Peace
Haley Reeg, Meredith
Brittany Ter Meer, Methodist
Emily Braxton, William Peace
Alonna Clouse, Pfeiffer
Madison Dadez, Averett
Cathy Delano, Meredith
Sarah Egbers, Greensboro
Taylor Moulton, Salem
Jasmine Tapscott, Methodist
Meredith Bonee, Maryville
Alexis Creasman, Huntingdon
Jazzlyn Kenner, LaGrange
Sophie Puertas, Covenant
Alina Roberts, Piedmont
Brianne Sidner, Maryville
Amy Tyma, Huntingdon
Kaitlyn Carter, Huntingdon
Cece Cogliano, Piedmont
Addison Genard, Huntingdon
Hannah Harris, Covenant
Mimi Loftus, LaGrange
Emily Moore, Covenant
Alexa Spurling, Covenant
       
All-Sportsmanship Team
La'i Galoia, Agnes Scott
Emily Stanley, Averett
Eliza Lavin, Berea
Brittany Franks, Brevard
Olivia Sanders, Covenant
Jordan Ware, Greensboro
Nichole LeFevre, Huntingdon
Yasmin Roper, LaGrange
Savanna McGavock, Mary Baldwin
Taylor Youell, Maryville
Haley Reeg, Meredith
Samantha Spooner, Methodist
Callie Cline, N.C. Wesleyan
Lea Hilton, Pfeiffer
Kaitlyn Loesel, Piedmont
Corrin Shores, Salem
Madison Myers, William Peace