Caroline Douglas, Jade Vorster, Anna Willey and Margaret Latchford all received Big South postseason honors.
Liberty redshirt seniors Caroline Douglas and Jade Vorster were named to the Big South Volleyball All-Conference first team, highlighting five postseason awards earned by the Lady Flames, announced today by the conference office.
The Lady Flames have placed at least three players on the all-conference team each of the last nine seasons. In addition to first-team honors for Douglas and Vorster, sophomore setter Anna Willey was voted All-Big South honorable mention. Libero Margaret Latchford earned a spot on the All-Freshman team, while Vorster received All-Academic team honors.
Douglas earns her third Big South All-Conference first team award, making her the second Lady Flame all-time with three All-Big South first-team honors. Anthonia Akpama earned first team all-conference awards all four years of her career, 1996-99. Vorster joins an elite group, picking up her fourth career all-conference award. She was named All-Big West twice at Hawai'i, while earning two All-Big South honors at Liberty.
Liberty has now had a setter and a middle blocker on the Big South All-Conference team each of the last 10 years, while this is the ninth straight year that a Liberty outside hitter has made the squad.
Coastal Carolina sophomore Leah Hardeman was named Big South Player of the Year for the second year in a row, after receiving both Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors last season. Chanticleers Head Coach Jozsef Forman was voted Big South Coach of the Year after guiding his team to a 14-0 league mark. High Point received the remaining two major awards, as senior Gabi Mirand was named Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Molly Livingston earned Freshman of the Year honors.
Douglas, a native of Greenville, N.C., continues to dominate on the attack, ranking second in the Big South in kills per set both overall (3.36) and in conference play (3.67). She has registered 11 10-kill matches in conference play, and 16 double-digit kill matches. All three of her 20-kill contests this season have come against Big South opponents. She closed out the regular season with 23 kills at Gardner-Webb, hitting .360 during her 15th career 20-kill match. She is currently ranked eighth in program history with 1,343 career kills.
Vorster, hailing from Wellington, Fla., picks up her fourth career all-conference laurel, and second time on the first team (also 2012 All-Big West first team). She is currently ranked third in the Big South in hitting percentage (.367) and fifth in blocks per set (1.00) and points per set (3.18). Vorster has recorded nine 10-kill matches, with a career-high 19 kills against Gardner-Webb, Oct. 2. She has also posted eight five-block contests this year. She has totaled 458 career blocks, including 221 at Hawai'i and 237 at Liberty.
In addition to her on-court success, Vorster earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Hawai'i in 2014. She holds a 3.92 GPA while pursuing her master's degree in public health at Liberty. She receives her first career All-Academic team honor.
A Davenport, Iowa, native, Willey has stepped up during her first year as starting setter, leading the Big South with 11.29 assists per set during conference play. She finished the regular season ranked third overall with 10.27 assists per set. In conference matches, she posted eight double-doubles (11 overall), 11 40-assist matches (15 overall), seven 50-assist contests and one 60-assist match. Her 63 assists at Gardner-Webb were the most by a Big South setter in a single match this year. Latchford, from Virginia Beach, Va., has led Liberty's back row this season. She is ranked fifth in the Big South with 4.67 digs per set overall and third with 5.12 digs per set in conference play. She recorded eight 20-dig matches in Big South play, including three 30-dig matches. On Oct. 2 at Campbell, she collected a program rally-scoring-record 38 digs, the most by a Big South player this season. She is ranked eighth among all Division I freshmen in digs per set.
The third-seeded Lady Flames (14-13, 9-5 Big South) open the 2015 Big South Volleyball Championship against No. 6 seed Radford (13-14, 6-8) on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at High Point's Millis Center.
2015 Big South Conference Volleyball Award Winners First Team All-Conference Leah Hardeman – OH, So., Coastal Carolina Eszter Nagy – MB, Sr., Coastal Carolina Megan Short – MB, R-Sr., Radford Caroline Douglas – OH, R-Sr., Liberty Haley Barnes – OH, So., High Point Jade Vorster – MB, R-Sr., Liberty Annemarie Chin – LIB, Sr., High Point
Second Team All-Conference Lian Bernett – RS, Sr., Coastal Carolina Molly Livingston – MB, Fr., High Point Christine Lakatos – OH, Sr., UNC Asheville Annayka Legros – MB, Jr., Coastal Carolina Camryn Freiberg – RS, So., High Point Madison Vaughn – MB, Jr., UNC Asheville Mary Crema – LIB, Sr., Campbell
Honorable Mention Emma Weakland – RS, Jr., Winthrop Madilyn McCarty – S, Fr., Winthrop Natasa Savovic – OH, Jr., Coastal Carolina Sara Boothe – S, Fr., Coastal Carolina Anna Willey – S, So., Liberty
All-Freshman Team Molly Livingston – MB, High Point Madilyn McCarty – S, Winthrop Sara Boothe – S, Coastal Carolina Margaret Latchford – LIB, Liberty Lourdes Rosario – OH, Winthrop Haley Kleespies – S, Radford Addison Kaderli – OH, Charleston Southern
All-Academic Team Mary Crema – LIB, Sr., Campbell Meredith Parrott – MB, Sr., Charleston Southern Eszter Nagy – MB, Sr., Coastal Carolina Anna Pashkova – LIB, Sr., Gardner-Webb Gabi Mirand – S, Gr., High Point Jade Vorster – MB, Gr., Liberty Ashton Stewart – MB, So., Presbyterian Savanna Burton – OH, Sr., Radford Christine Lakatos – OH, Sr., UNC Asheville Rachel Lenz – MB, Sr., Winthrop
Player of the Year Leah Hardeman – OH, So., Coastal Carolina
Freshman of the Year Molly Livingston – MB, High Point
Coach of the Year Jozsef Forman, Coastal Carolina
Scholar Athlete of the Year Gabi Mirand – S, Gr., High Point
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