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Craycraft Named to Big South All-Conference 1st Team

November 19, 2013  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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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, 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