JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 2, 2013) – The 2012 Atlantic Sun champion ETSU volleyball team held its annual banquet this past Tuesday night, and several Buccaneers were recognized for their hard work and commitment during the 2012-13 campaign.
The event was held to highlight the successful season as well as honor those for their achievements during the year. The awards passed out were Academic MVP, Athletic MVP, Defensive MVP, BUC Heart Award, Coaches Award, and the Spring Spotlight accolade.
“It was a great night of celebration,” said head coach Lindsey Devine, whose 2012 squad won the conference tournament and made its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. “We had a very successful year, and this night gave us a chance to reflect on the hard work, dedication and commitment our players have put into our program.”
After being one of four players named to the A-Sun All-Academic Team in the fall, sophomore Jamie Rutledge (Kingsport, Tenn.) – who took home the BUC Heart Award last year – received the Academic MVP honor. Prior to the fall semester, Rutledge had generated a 3.916 cumulative GPA while majoring in English and minoring in education. Rutledge recorded a 4.0 GPA in the spring of 2012 and has been named to the Dean’s List and Buccaneer Honor Roll during her time at ETSU.
Meanwhile, junior Megan Devine (Kingsport, Tenn.) took home Athletic MVP honors as she enjoyed a record-breaking season in 2012. Devine – the A-Sun Player of the Year, Tournament MVP, First Team All-A-Sun selection, and American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Region Honorable Mention recipient – broke four conference records this past season. The Kingsport, Tenn. native set new A-Sun marks for double-doubles (25), double-doubles in conference only matches (15), attack attempts (1,586) and attack attempts in conference only matches (839), while her 547 kills set a new single-season ETSU record as well. Furthermore, Devine recorded double-digit kills 33 times and registered 20-plus kills six times – including a 21-kill, 26-dig effort in the win over Mercer on October 9. The 26 digs set a career high for the Buccaneer standout. In total, Devine led all A-Sun players in total kills, ranked second in kills per set (3.94), and was sixth in service aces per set (0.28). The Buccaneer outside hitter also ranked 57th nationally in points per set (4.55) and 66th in kills per set.
Sophomore Meredith Hardy (Kingsport, Tenn.), another First Team All-Atlantic Sun selection, was named Defensive MVP. Hardy enjoyed a banner year as she set single-season A-Sun records for blocks in a season (201) and blocks in conference only matches (113), while she recorded at least one block in each of the 36 matches played to extend her streak of registering one or more blocks to 62 consecutive matches. For the year, Hardy totaled 176 block assists and 201 total blocks, which ranked second in program history, while her 1.45 blocks per set placed the middle blocker fifth all-time in the ETSU record books. Hardy also finished with four double-doubles on the season, band tied the Buccaneer record for total blocks (10) and block assists (7) in a three-set match at Presbyterian earlier in the season.
The BUC Heart Award was given to sophomore Ivey Rice (Johnson City, Tenn.), while a pair of freshmen received the Coaches Award – Ashleigh Shain (Geneva, Ill.) and Jessica Schafer (Dekalb, Ill.). Rounding out the awards was the Spring Spotlight, which is given to the player who has shined the most during spring practice, and that honor went to fellow freshman Khadijah Wiley (Columbus, Ga.). Wiley was named to the A-Sun All-Freshman Team in the fall, while it was her kill that gave the Blue and Gold match point to cap off the A-Sun championship win over North Florida.
Academic MVP – Jamie Rutledge
Athletic MVP – Megan Devine
Defensive MVP – Meredith Hardy
BUC Heart Award – Ivey Rice
Coaches Award – Ashleigh Shain and Jessica Schafer
Spring Spotlight – Khadijah Wiley
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