Macy Phillips was one of a program-record four Lady Flames to be named to the VaSID University Division Volleyball All-State Team.
Official VaSID Release The Liberty volleyball team has placed a program-record four players on the VaSID University Division Volleyball All-State team, as announced on Friday.
Senior middle blocker Anna Gragg, redshirt junior outside hitter Amelia Johnson and junior libero Macy Phillips were named to the first team, while senior right-side hitter Casey Goodwin received second-team distinction.
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 five schools were represented on the all-state team this year. Liberty led all teams with three first-team players and tied with James Madison for the most VaSID All-State selections overall.
The Lady Flames have now been represented on the VaSID All-State team each of the last 14 seasons.
This is the second time in program history that three Lady Flames have been named to the All-State first team, as Caroline Douglas, Jade Craycraft and Loren Thomas all earned first-team mention in 2012.
Goodwin receives second team All-State for the third straight season. She is just the third player in program history to be named All-State three or more years in a row, joining Kallie Corbin (2006-09), Chelaine McCarty (2007-09) and Nicki Scripko (2007-09).
Gragg is now a two-time VaSID All-State first team selection, tying Corbin (2007-08), McCarty (2008-09), Loren Thomas (2011-12) and Caroline Douglas as the only players in program history with two All-State first team mentions.
A three-time all-conference selection from Rougemont, N.C., Goodwin capped her career with a great senior season. She finished second on the team with a career-high 323 kills (2.96), also setting a career high in hitting percentage (.243), digs (170) and blocks (102). Goodwin totaled 18 double-digit kill matches, including two 20-kill contests. She saved her best for last, averaging 5.0 kills per set at a .343 pace during her last five matches. The senior finished her career ranked 14th in program history with 1,154 career kills and eighth with 336 career kills.
The fourth four-time all-conference selection in program history, Missoula, Mont., native Anna Gragg saved her best season for last. She finished the season ranked 35th nationally with a program-record .378 hitting percentage while ranking fourth in the ASUN with 1.05 blocks per set. Gragg set new career highs in block assists (103), total blocks (118) and hitting percentage (.378). The middle blocker became the first player in program history with four 100-block seasons, ending her career ranked fourth all-time at Liberty in career blocks (431) and 17th in career kills (1,026).
A native of Roseau, Minn., Amelia Johnson had a breakthrough season in her second year as a Lady Flame. Johnson was a first team ASUN All-Conference choice, third team CoSIDA Academic All-American and ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She led all Commonwealth players with 457 kills (45th nationally) this year. Johnson recorded 26 10-kill matches and three 20-kill contests, including a career-high 29 kills twice this season. Her 457 kills this season are the seventh most by a Lady Flame in rally-scoring history.
Hailing from Merritt Island, Fla., Macy Phillips made an immediate impact during her first season since transferring from Florida. She is the first Liberty libero to receive first team All-State honors. Phillips led the Lady Flames in both digs (552) and service aces (41). The libero ranked third in the ASUN and 78th nationally with 41 service aces, finishing 48th nationally with 552 digs. She totaled 29 double-digit dig matches and nine 20-dig contests. Her 552 digs this season were the fourth most by a Lady Flame in program history.
Two-time AVCA All-Region player Jasmin Sneed from VCU was named State Player of the Year. James Madison's Sophia Davis Niu was voted State Rookie of the Year after also making the AVCA All-East Region first team. Jody Rogers of VCU was named State Coach of the Year for the second time in the last three seasons after leading the Rams to a 24-7 record and an at-large berth into the 2019 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship.
2019 VaSID University Division All-State Volleyball Team Player of the Year – Jasmin Sneed, VCU Rookie of the Year – Sophia Davis, James Madison Coach of the Year – Jodi Rogers, VCU
All-State First Team Sophia Davis, James Madison Vicky Giommarini, VCU Anna Gragg, Liberty Amelia Johnson, Liberty Jasmin Sneed, VCU M'Kaela White, James Madison Macy Phillips, Liberty (Libero/Defensive Specialist)
All-State Second Team Briley Brind'Amour, James Madison Casey Goodwin, Liberty Jaelyn Jackson, VCU Sarah Martin, James Madison Jelena Novakovic, Virginia Logan Mosley, Virginia Tech (Libero/Defensive Specialist)
Congrats to @attababyChewy, @amelia_grace4, Macy Phillips and @caseyrae77 for being named to the @VaSID1 University Division Volleyball All-State Team! We set a program record with four All-State players this season!https://t.co/r5k6ql0du3#WalkthroughtheDoor pic.twitter.com/lU0poCxrFO — Liberty Volleyball (@LibertyWVB) January 10, 2020
Congrats to @attababyChewy, @amelia_grace4, Macy Phillips and @caseyrae77 for being named to the @VaSID1 University Division Volleyball All-State Team! We set a program record with four All-State players this season!https://t.co/r5k6ql0du3#WalkthroughtheDoor pic.twitter.com/lU0poCxrFO