MACON, Ga. (Nov. 19, 2013) – The Atlantic Sun Conference announced its 2013 postseason awards on Tuesday, and the ETSU volleyball team had three players take home honors. Senior Megan Devine (Kingsport, Tenn.) and junior Meredith Hardy (Kingsport, Tenn.) received First Team All A-Sun accolades, while junior Katie Muey (Alexandria, Ind.) was selected Second Team All-Conference.
The group helped guide the Buccaneers to their second straight 20-win season, while earning a share of the regular season conference championship, marking ETSU’s first regular season title since finishing the 2006 A-Sun campaign, 9-0.
This marks the third straight year Devine has been named first team all-conference, while Hardy landed the honor for the second straight campaign. Meanwhile, Muey, who was voted Preseason Libero of the Year by the fans, picked up her first conference honor.
“I am very proud of their accolades,” said head coach Lindsey Devine. “These awards show the respect our coaches have for the players, and it’s a testament of their work ethic and character. These three work hard in practice every day and have set the tone for our success throughout the year.”
Devine, who will go down as one of the best players in ETSU and A-Sun history, was one of three first team unanimous selections this year. Prior to the season, the ETSU senior captain received a pair of honors as she was named A-Sun Preseason Player of the Year and was one of 30 candidates named to the Senior CLASS list. Throughout the year, Devine reached historic milestones as the outside hitter became the ETSU and A-Sun all-time leader in kills with 1,925, which also ranks second among active NCAA Division I players. Devine recorded 21 double-doubles, including 12 straight to end the season and 15 in conference-only matches en route to tying the A-Sun single-season record set a year ago by the Kingsport, Tenn. native. Meanwhile, Devine ranks nationally in kills (13th, 4.56) and points per set (16th, 5.04), and earned three A-Sun Player of the Week honors – the most by any player this season. Devine registered a career-high 28 kills in a five-set win versus Lipscomb earlier this month, and also posted the most kills in a three (22, vs. USC Upstate, Sept. 26) and four-set (27, at Tennessee, Sept. 14) match this season. Not only was Devine busy slamming home kills, but she made her presence felt on defense as she posted 359 digs, moving her career total to 1,459, which ranks third in ETSU history. On the season, Devine recorded double-digit kills in all 29 matches and double-digit digs 21 times for the Blue and Gold.
A day after being named A-Sun Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Defensive Player of the Week, Hardy continued adding more accolades to her resume. Like Devine, Hardy also enjoyed a historic season as she broke the A-Sun all-time blocks record and ETSU’s all-time block assists mark. In 95 career matches, the Buccaneer middle blocker has tallied 468 total blocks, 398 block assists, and has posted at least one block in 90 consecutive matches. Hardy ranks seventh in the country in blocks per set (1.53) and is 66th in attack percentage (.353). Along with leading the A-Sun in blocks per set, Hardy averaged a league-best 1.65 blocks per set in A-Sun play. Hardy claimed four A-Sun weekly honors (three Defensive Player of the Week, one Player of the Week) in 2013, and also broke the ETSU record for solo blocks in a three-set match after finishing with seven in the win against Furman back in September. For the season, Hardy registered double-digit kills 17 times, hit over .500 seven times, and had two matches with 10-plus blocks. Her 11-block effort in the four-set win at Kennesaw State were tied for the most by an A-Sun player this season, while her 10-block performance against VCU tied the highest mark in a three-set match.
Muey played in all 30 matches for the Blue and Gold, and ranked seventh in the A-Sun in digs (3.80) and eighth in service aces per set (0.28). In conference play, the junior libero ranked seventh in digs (3.83) and 10th in service aces per set (0.25). On Oct. 19, Muey entered the 1,000-dig club, following ETSU’s comeback win at North Florida, and currently has 1,145 digs in 97 career matches. This season, the Alexandria, Ind. native totaled double-digit digs in 26 matches, and tied a career-high with 22 in the five-set win at Marshall. In addition, Muey also registered double-digit digs in 17 of the 18 conference matches, while her 20-dig effort versus Furman were the fourth-most by a conference player in a three-set match this season.
Lipscomb’s Jewell Dobson was tabbed Player of the Year, while her teammate Bri McCombs was named Libero of the Year. Kennesaw State’s Kelly Marcinek was voted Freshman of the Year and Jacksonville’s Michelle Collier took home Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Dolphins to a share of the conference title.
The Bucs now turn their attention to postseason play as ETSU begins defense of its A-Sun Championship Friday night at Kennesaw State. The Blue and Gold take on the winner of No. 3 Lipscomb/No. 6 Kennesaw State in the conference semifinal at 7:30 p.m.
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