ATLANTA – The Southern Athletic Association (SAA) has officially announced the seven Vikings who earned All-Conference volleyball honors following standout performances this season. Hannah Kate Thompson and Head Coach Caitlyn Moriarty led the Berry College volleyball team, as they were named SAA Player of the Year and SAA Coach of the Year, respectively.
In addition, Emily Hancock and Carson VanCampen were named to the All-Conference first team. Elizabeth Ragland and Hannah Billiard earned second team recogniton, with Micayla Bedoian rounding out honors on the honorable mention team.
Thompson, a senior setter from Birmingham, Ala., earned her second straight All-SAA honor, after finishing regular season play averaging 9.92 assists per set for Berry. On the year, Thompson has recorded 833 assists, as well as 180 digs, in her 29 matches for the Vikings. In her four-year career, Thompson has accumulated 1858 assists in 195 sets for Berry as well. She currently ranks second in the conference in assists per set on the year and was named SAA Player of the Week earlier this season after leading the Vikings to a 25-6 overall record.
Moriarty was named SAA Coach of the Year after leading the Berry College volleyball program to one of their most successful seasons to date. Leading the Vikings to a perfect 14-0 conference record, Moriarty's team is averaging 11.93 assists per set, 2.49 blocks per set, 12.66 kills per set and 17.99 digs per set this season. Behind Moriarty's leadership, the Vikings also hold ten different spots in the conference top five rankings, with players ranked first in the SAA in both hitting percentage and blocks per set. Berry also cracked the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 for the first time since 2013 with Moriarty at the helm this season.
A sophomore outside hitter from Naples, Fla., Hancock was named to the All-Conference team also for the second straight year. Hancock finished regular season play averaging a team-high 3.38 kills per set, as well as 3.85 digs per set. She also posted a .231 hitting percentage, leading Berry to a 15-match winning streak spanning most of September and October. Ranked second in the SAA in both kills per set and total kills (331), Hancock led the Vikings to a team .221 hitting percentage, as well as the SAA regular season title.
VanCampen, a sophomore middle blocker from Stuart, Fla., earned All-Conference recognition for the first time after posting a top-ranked .342 hitting percentage to round out regular season play. VanCampen is averaging 2.24 kills per set this season, as well as a conference best 1.22 blocks per set. Competing in 96 sets for Berry this year, VanCampen has also added six assists, 24 digs and 117 total blocks on the season, while leading Berry to a conference best 2.49 blocks per set average.
A senior libero from Birmingham, Ala., Ragland earned a spot on the All-Conference second team for the first time in her career after averaging 5.31 digs per set for the Vikings this season. Competing in 31 matches for Berry, Ragland has added 542 digs this year, surpassing the 1,000th dig mark of her career earlier this season. She also finished regular season play with 27 service aces and 64 assists, leading the Vikings to an average of 17.99 digs per set.
Billiard, a junior middle blocker from Matthews, N.C., was named to the All-Conference team for the first time in her career. Billiard finishes regular season play averaging 1.17 blocks per set and 1.89 kills per set for Berry. In her 98 sets for the Vikings, Billiard has also accumulated 185 kills, 30 digs and 115 blocks, finishing the season ranked third in the conference in blocks per set. Billiard is also hitting .239 on the year, earning 251 points this season.
Micayla Bedoian, a junior right side hitter from Saluda, N.C., competed in 31 matches and 96 sets for Berry this season, Bedoian finished regular season play averaging 2.16 kills per set, while hitting .260 on the year. Bedoian has also added 207 kills, 51 digs and 76 blocks for Berry so far this season.
The Vikings open the SAA Tournament at home today at 1:00 p.m.