MOUNT BERRY, Ga. — Led by a South Region Coach of the Year honor for second-year head coach Caitlyn Moriarty, the Berry College volleyball team placed three players on the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Region teams after one of the most successful seasons in Berry's NCAA Division III era.
Senior setter Hannah Kate Thompson, sophomore middle blocker Carson VanCampen and sophomore outside hitter Emily Hancock all earned All-Region accolades after helping Berry to its first Southern Athletic Association (SAA) title since 2013.
Moriarty was also named the SAA Coach of the Year after leading the Vikings to a perfect 14-0 conference record. Moriarty’s team currently ranks second in the nation in team blocks per set with 2.47. She also helped six Vikings earn All-Conference recognition.
Thompson, a native of Birmingham, Ala., earned her second straight All-SAA and All-Region honor this year after earning AVCA All-America recognition last season. She was named the SAA Player of the Year and the league's tournament MVP after eclipsing 2,000 career assists during Berry's SAA championship weekend. She is currently No. 2 in the SAA with 10.16 assists per set.
VanCampen, a Stuart, Fla., native, earns All-Region honors for the first time in her career after also earning All-Conference recognition for the first time after posting a top-ranked .342 hitting percentage to round out regular season play. VanCampen is averaging 2.28 kills per set this season, as well as a conference best 1.24 blocks per set. Competing in 107 sets for Berry this year, VanCampen has also added six assists, 28 digs and 133 total blocks on the season, while leading Berry to a conference best 2.47 blocks per set average.
Hancock, a native of Naples, Fla., was named to the All-Conference team also for the second straight year and the All-Region squad for the first time in her career. 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.
The Vikings open NCAA play this afternoon against Hanover College at Emory University.