Christendom freshman Nora Ross was named the New South Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Year, while her coach Casey Rodriquez was honored as the league Coach of the Year following Saturday’s inaugural championship match in Front Royal, Virginia.
Ross is currently leading the USCAA Division 2 in kills per set (4.39) and is second in in total kills (307).
Rodriquez, in her first year as head coach of the Crusaders, led Christendom to an undefeated season in the NSAC and the conference tournament championship. They are currently ranked 12th nationally.
Ross was joined on the All-Conference team by (in no particular order):
- Claire Mense (Christendom) – Ninth in USCAA for assists per set (6.11); Seventh in USCAA for total assists (428)
- Fiona Briggs (Christendom) – Third in USCAA in digs per set (5.45); Seventh in USCAA in total digs (329)
- McKenna Griffin (MACU) – Team leader in kills averaging 6.27 per game; 2nd on the team in digs; Team leader in points
- Judea Edmonds (MACU) – 2nd on the team in kills and 3rd in digs; 2nd in points scored per game at 6.8
- Lainie Russell (MACU) – Led the Mustangs in assists per game (6.8); 4th on the team in digs. Team leader who consistently hustles and leads communication on the court
- Reign Powell (MACU) Team leader in digs averaging 9.5 per game with a season high of 19 vs Christendom on 9/16.
These exemplary student-athletes are all highly-competitive players who have also maintained at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA in the classroom:
- Annie Crnkovich
- Dinneen Evich
- Hannah Simpson
- Eibhilin McClosky
- Catherine Brezinski
- Fiona Briggs
Mid-Atlantic Christian University
- McKenna Griffin
- Maddison Turner
- Kolleen Hansley
Virginia Peninsula Community College
- Carlee Watson
- Cori Anderson
Photo: Coach Casey Rodgriquez accepts the Coach of the Year Award from NSAC commissioner Mike Davis (image courtesy Joseph Dotson)