Volleyball Earns Pair of Major Awards, Puts Three on All-Region List

Volleyball Earns Pair of Major Awards, Puts Three on All-Region List

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Led by head coach Caitlyn Moriarty's second-straight American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Regional Coach of the Year honor and a Regional Freshman of the Year nod for Laura Beier, the Berry College volleyball team placed three total players on the AVCA All-Region list.

In addition to freshman libero Laura Beier's recognition, junior outside hitter Emily Hancock and junior middle blocker Carson VanCampen also earned All-Region honors for the second straight season.

Moriarty also earned the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Coach of the Year honor for the second consecutive season after leading the Vikings to their second straight SAA Regular Season and Tournament titles. Berry heads into the NCAA tournament with a 25-3 overall record after finishing 13-1 in league play. Over the past two seasons, Moriarty's squad has gone 27-1 in SAA play and 55-10 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. 4 in the nation with 2.32 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 were selected as one of eight institutions to serve as a host site for the opening rounds of the 2018 NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament beginning tomorrow. Berry plays Rose-Hulman at 8:00 p.m.

Beier, a freshman libero from Powder Springs, Ga., also earned SAA Defensive Player of the Year in her first season of competition. She is currently averaging 5.69 digs per set, good enough for top-30 in all of 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.

Hancock, a junior outside hitter from Naples, Fla., earned her third straight All-SAA nod and second consecutive first-team selection. Her SAA Player of the Year nod was 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 led 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. At the conclusion of the SAA Tournament, Hancock was named the tournament MVP.

VanCampen, a junior middle blocker from Stuart, Fla., earned her second consecutive All-SAA first-team nod after a dominant regular season. She ranks No. 4 in NCAA Division III with 1.28 blocks per set and leads with team with a .322 hitting percentage. VanCampen was also selected to the SAA All-Tournament team.