SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Nov. 18, 2015) –The East Tennessee State University volleyball team had four players recognized by the conference Wednesday afternoon. The four different players recognized are the most for the program since 2006.
Khadijah Wiley (Columbus, Ga.) and Rylee Milhorn (Kingsport, Tenn.) earned All-SoCon First Team honors, while Briana Allmon (Flower Mound, Texas) was named to the All-SoCon Second Team and Hailey Aguilar (Oswego, Ill.) notched a spot on the All-Freshman Team.
“I am extremely proud of all of these players,” said ETSU Head Coach Lindsey Devine. “I’m lucky and fortunate to see the daily work that our entire team does each day so for the other coaches in our conference to recognize these ladies speaks volumes about the impact they make out on the court. We will celebrate these awards within our team because we know that there are so many other players who contributed to these individual accolades.”
Wiley, who leads the conference averaging 1.30 blocks per set, will graduate third all-time in program history with 499 total blocks. Her 499 blocks rank fifth among active Division I players. Prior to her senior season, Wiley was named to the Preseason All-SoCon squad and followed that up with being tabbed the SoCon Defensive Player of the Month in September as well as the SoCon Offensive Player of the Week (Nov. 9) and SoCon Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 21).
Milhorn has tallied a team-high 12 double-doubles so far this season. The Kingsport, Tenn. native is second on the team in kills (340), fifth in assists (11), fifth in blocks (34), second in digs (300) and first in service aces (35). Highlighting Milhorn’s season was a 23-kill performance against Western Carolina (Oct. 24) and a Clemson Classic All-Tournament Team nod in September. The 23 kills matched a team-high for any player this season.
Allmon led the team with 347 kills this season. Her 347 kills was the sixth-most by a SoCon player, while her 3.40 kills per set ranked fourth in the conference. The Flower Mound, Texas native posted a pair of 23-kill performances in 2015. One came against Clemson (Sept. 11) and the other was versus The Citadel (Sept. 26). Allmon received honors both on and off the court this season as she was named the SoCon Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 5) and was tabbed the SoCon Student-Athlete of the Week a couple days later (Oct. 7).
Aguilar, who served as ETSU’s libero during her entire freshman season, was one of three players to appear in every set this season. Aguilar led the Bucs and all SoCon freshmen with 413 digs (4.01 per set). The freshman from Oswego, Ill. had 20 digs or more in a match four times in 2015, including a 29-dig performance at Wofford (Nov. 4). Aguilar was named to the Clemson Classic All-Tournament team in September and was the SoCon Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 9).
In addition to these awards, the conference awarded Furman’s Annie Bierman Player of Year, while UNCG’s Katherine Santiago and Allison Penner took home the Libero of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors. Chattanooga’s Head Coach Travis Filar won the league’s Coach of the Year award after guiding his team to a conference championship.
ETSU will head to Cullowhee, N.C. this weekend to compete in the Southern Conference Tournament. The Bucs, who are the No. 5 seed, will take on the No. 4 seed Samford Saturday at the Ramsey Center. First serve is scheduled for noon.
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