Caroline Douglas, Margaret Latchford and Jade Vorster were all named to the VaSID All-State University Division Volleyball team.
Liberty volleyball earned three members on the 2015 VaSID University Division Volleyball All-State teams, announced Friday. Redshirt senior Jade Vorster was named to the first team, while classmate Caroline Douglas and freshman Margaret Latchford both received second-team mention.
Nomination and voting for the team is conducted by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID). The all-state team honors the best Division I volleyball players in the Commonwealth of Virginia. A total of eight schools were represented on the all-state team.
The Lady Flames have been represented on the VaSID All-State team each of the last 10 seasons. This is the fifth time that Liberty has placed a program-record three players on the squad, with the last being in 2012.
Douglas receives her third career All-State honor, after making the first team in 2012 and 2014. She joins Kallie Corbin (2006-09), Chelaine McCarty (2007-09) and Jade Craycraft (2010, 12-13) as Lady Flames to earn three or more All-State honors. Vorster picks up her first VaSID award during a career that included four all-conference laurels. Latchford is the first Liberty true freshman to appear on the VaSID All-State team since Jade Craycraft in 2010.
Douglas, a Greenville, N.C., product, finished up her career ranked eighth in program history with 1,360 career kills. The first player in Big South history to be named Big South Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year in the same season in 2012, Douglas placed second in the Big South in kills per set both overall (3.36) and in conference play (3.67) this year. She registered 17 double-digit kill matches and three 20-kill contests in 2015. Douglas scored a season-high 23 kills at Gardner-Webb, Nov. 14.
Vorster, a native of Wellington, Fla., totaled 462 career blocks, including 221 at Hawai'i, and 241 at Liberty. She was ranked 15th among all active NCAA Division I volleyball players in career blocks at the end of the season. She finished the season ranked fourth in the Big South with a Liberty program rally-scoring-record .358 hitting percentage. She also averaged 0.99 blocks per set, good for fifth in the conference. She graduates with 909 career kills and a .344 career hitting percentage.
Latchford, hailing from Virginia Beach, Va., led Liberty's back row as a freshman. She finished the season ranked fifth in the Big South with 4.67 digs per set overall and third with 5.12 digs per set in conference play. Her 502 digs were the most by a freshman in program history. She totaled 11 20-dig matches and three 30-dig contests. On Oct. 2 at Campbell, she collected a program rally-scoring-record 38 digs, the most digs by a Big South player this season.
Janey Goodman of James Madison, the CAA Player of the Year, was named State Player of the Year after leading the CAA in kills per set and leading the Dukes to a 22-8 record. JMU Head Coach Lauren Steinbrecher was voted VaSID Coach of the Year for the second time, and first since 2010. AVCA East Coast Region Freshman of the Year, Virginia's Anna Walsh, was named VaSID Rookie of the Year.
2015 VaSID University Division All-State Volleyball Team Player of the Year – Janey Goodman, James Madison Rookie of the Year – Anna Walsh, Virginia Coach of the Year – Lauren Steinbrecher, James Madison
All-State First Team Janey Goodman, James Madison Lauren Fuller, Virginia Megan Short, Radford Natalie Bausback, Virginia Anna Walsh, Virginia Jade Vorster, Liberty Lindsey Owens, Virginia Tech Taylor Austin, James Madison (Libero/Defensive Specialist)
All-State Second Team Sarah Patterson, James Madison Kalah Jones, VCU Dessi Koleva, William & Mary Caroline Douglas, Liberty Morghan Martin, George Mason Meghan Niski, James Madison Ashley Battle, Virginia Tech Margaret Latchford, Liberty (Libero/Defensive Specialist)
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