Liberty senior setter Jade Craycraft was named to the Big South All-Conference first team, one of five Lady Flames to earn postseason honors, today.
Liberty senior setter Jade Craycraft was named to the Big South All-Conference first team, highlighting five postseason awards for the Lady Flames, as announced today. In addition, senior outside hitter Lillie Happel and redshirt senior Kendle Rollins were included on the all-conference honorable mention team. Middle blocker Nzea McQuitery was voted to the Big South All-Freshman Team and senior Becca Haraf earned inclusion on the All-Academic Team. Craycraft earned her fourth career all-conference mention, becoming the third four-time All-Big South selection in program history. She joins Anthonia Akpama (1996-99) and Kallie Corbin. This marks the eighth year in a row, and 17th out of the last 18, in which Liberty has had at least one student-athlete on the Big South Volleyball All-Conference first team. Big South regular-season champion Radford received three out of the four major awards. Radford junior Rachel Wiechecki was named Big South Player of the Year, while the Highlanders' head coach, Marci Jenkins, received her second Big South Coach of the Year honor. Junior Emma Deininger of Radford was tabbed Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while High Point redshirt freshman Savannah Angel earned Freshman of the Year mention. Craycraft, a native of Wooster, Ohio, receives first-team All-Big South honors for the second year in a row. She has led the way for the Lady Flames with all-around play, posting a Big South-best five triple-doubles and a team-high 11 double-doubles on the year. During conference play, Craycraft ranked second in the Big South with a .365 attack percentage, and finished eighth in assists per set, at 8.96. She ranks second on the team in kills, aces, digs and blocks this season. Happel, from Ellicott City, Md., has been named to the all-conference team for the third year in a row. She ranks 10th in the Big South with 2.84 kills per set, and is second on the Lady Flames' team with eight double-doubles. Happel reached double-figures in kills in 10 out of Liberty's 14 Big South matches. She scored 12 kills and added four aces in a win at Presbyterian College, and had 16-kill matches versus both Gardner-Webb and Winthrop. Rollins, a native of Lebanon, Ohio, earns her first career All-Big South honor. She is the conference leader in blocks per set both overall (1.13) and in Big South play (1.16). She ranks fifth in the Big South in hitting percentage during conference matches, at .319, and is sixth overall at .297. In conference play alone, she has recorded five matches with five blocks or more, including a career-high 11 blocks against High Point. McQuitery, a middle blocker from Raleigh, N.C., has made an immediate impact on the Lady Flames' roster. She currently ranks second on the team with 0.77 blocks per set and third with 1.89 kills per set. McQuitery has posted five double-digit kill matches, including three in conference play. She recorded three straight contests with five or more blocks, including a career-high seven against UNC Asheville. In conference matches, she hit .270. Haraf, hailing from Arlington Heights, Ill., receives her second mention on the Big South All-Academic Team, after being named Big South Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2012. She was voted to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District III team, carrying a 4.0 GPA as a biology/pre-med major. Haraf ranks fourth on the team with 2.34 digs per set this season, and is fourth on the squad with 14 service aces. The Lady Flames (10-17, 9-5 Big South) open the 2013 Big South Volleyball Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Fourth-seeded Liberty, the two-time defending tournament champion, will meet No. 5 seed UNC Asheville (17-13, 7-7) in Thursday's second quarterfinal, at Presbyterian College's Templeton Center.
2013 Big South Conference Volleyball Award Winners First-Team All-Conference Rachel Wiechecki, OH, Radford Chelsea Davis, OH, High Point Irene Ojukwu, OH, Winthrop Gabrielle Horvath, OH, Coastal Carolina Kindra Bailey, MB, Coastal Carolina Jade Craycraft, S, Liberty Emma Deininger, MB, Radford Anna Moore, MB, UNC Asheville Rachel Wells, LIB, UNC Asheville
Second-Team All-Conference Cheyanne James, OH, Radford Andrea Barman, MB, Presbyterian College Kristin Heldt, RS, High Point Maddie Simpson, S, High Point Lian Bernett, OH, Coastal Carolina Lauren Alejo, S, Coastal Carolina Mary Trimpe, LIB, Presbyterian College
Honorable Mention All-Conference Rachel Lenz, MB, Winthrop Lillie Happel, OH, Liberty Erin LaVenice, MB, Charleston Southern Kendle Rollins, MB, Liberty Katie Davis, S, UNC Asheville
All-Freshman Team Savannah Angel, MB, R-Fr., High Point Brianna Starr, OH, Fr., Gardner-Webb Nzea McQuitery, MB, Fr., Liberty Shelby Erickson, OH, Fr., UNC Asheville Brianna Gray, MB, Fr., Winthrop Kelby Jackson, LIB, Fr., Radford Jordan Watson, OH, Fr., Radford
All-Academic Team Heather Wilson, S, Campbell Meredith Parrott, MB, Charleston Southern Lauren Alejo, S, Coastal Carolina Heather Feldman, S, Gardner-Webb Waive Chin, DS, High Point Becca Haraf, DS, Liberty Andrea Barman, MB, Presbyterian College Emma Deininger, MB, Radford Christine Lakatos, OH, UNC Asheville Rachel Lenz, MB, Winthrop
Player of the Year Rachel Wiechecki, OH, Radford
Freshman of the Year Savannah Angel, MB, R-Fr., High Point
Coach of the Year Marci Jenkins, Radford
Scholar-Athlete of the Year Emma Deininger, MB, Radford
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