Volleyball Earns Three Major Awards, Places Seven on All-SAA Teams

Volleyball Earns Three Major Awards, Places Seven on All-SAA Teams

ATLANTA — The Southern Athletic Association (SAA) has officially announced the 2018 SAA Volleyball All-Conference honorees with seven Vikings earning recognition. Emily Hancock claimed the SAA Player of the Year, Laura Beier earned SAA Defensive Player of the Year and head coach Caitlyn Moriarty earned as Coach of the Year.

Carson VanCampen also earned All-SAA first-team recognition, joining Beier and Hancock. Micayla Bedoian earned second-team honors while Emily Rapach, Christina Goforth and Jordan Leitch earned All-SAA honorable mention. 

Moriarty earned the SAA Coach of the Year honor for the second consecutive season after leading the Vikings to their second straight SAA Regular Season title. Berry heads into the SAA tournament with a 22-3 overall record and a 13-1 mark in league play. Over the past two seasons, Moriarty's squad has gone 27-1 in SAA play and 53-10 overall. She has consistently guided the Vikings to be one of the top blocking teams in all of NCAA Division III, as the Vikings are currently ranked No. 9 in the nation with 2.26 blocks per set. Berry climbed to their highest ranking in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 this season as well, currently sitting at No. 17. The Vikings hold the No. 1 ranking in the NCAA Division III South Region. 

Hancock, a junior outside hitter from Naples, Fla., earns her third straight All-SAA nod and second consecutive first-team selection. Her Player of the Year nod is the first of her career. She finished the regular season with a league-leading 3.82 kills per set, eclipsing 1,000 kills for her career. Hancock also leads the league with 4.1 points per set. She is on pace to set career bests in several statistical categories this season including kills, kills per set, hitting percentage, blocks and points.

Beier, a freshman libero from Powder Springs, Ga., earns SAA Defensive Player of the Year in her first season of competition. She is averaging a league-best 5.78 digs per set, which is on pace to challenge the program record and ranks inside the top-20 in NCAA Division III. Beier has already set several program records for digs in a single match and was named the SAA Player of the Week four times this year.

VanCampen, a junior middle blocker from Stuart, Fla., earns her second consecutive All-SAA first-team nod after a dominant regular season. She currently leads the SAA with 1.27 blocks per set, ranking inside the top-10 for NCAA Division III. VanCampen also posts the second-best hitting percentage in the league with a .319.

Bedoian, a senior outside hitter from Saluda, N.C., also earns her second straight All-Conference nod and her first appearance on the All-SAA second-team. She is one of just four Vikings to pass 100 kills on the season and has posted 49 total blocks this year.

Rapach, a freshman setter from Mount Pleasant, S.C., earns honorable mention honors after ranking top-5 in the SAA with 7.81 assists per set. She has also collected 56 kills on the year, hitting .301.

Goforth, a senior outside hitter from Matthews, N.C., earns her third All-SAA honor of her career. She posted 1.74 kills per set this season and 2.82 digs per set.

Leitch, a junior setter from Cumming, Ga., collects her first All-SAA nod of her career, ranking third in the league with 8.29 assists per set.

The Vikings open the SAA Tournament at home today at 1:00 p.m.