SPARTANBURG, S.C. (November 16, 2016) – Senior Briana Allmon (Flower Mound, Texas) was named Southern Conference Player of the Year and the ETSU Volleyball team had three Buccaneers earn all-conference honors as the league office announced its postseason awards on Wednesday. Head coach Lindsey Devine was named SoCon Coach of the Year.
Allmon earned SoCon Player of the Year accolades as she ranks second in the conference in kills per set at 3.97. The senior outside hitter has a team-leading 397 kills and has recorded double-digit kills in 23 of ETSU’s 28 matches. Allmon has recorded at least 10 kills in 16 of the last 17 games. On October 7 against Western Carolina the Flower Mound, Texas native recorded a career-high 28 kills.
This season Allmon has recorded a team-high seven double-doubles and has four matches of at least 20 kills. Allmon also earned SoCon All-First team honors for the second straight year. Allmon is the first Buccaneer to earn SoCon Player of the Year honors since Carey Cavanaugh in 2001. Allmon becomes the first ETSU player since Megan Devine in 2012 as part of the Atlantic Sun to earn conference player of the year honors.
Sophomore AJ Lux (Shelbyville, Ind.) earned First Team All-SoCon honors after registering 289 kills and registering a team-high .330 hitting percentage. The .330 hitting percentage ranks second in the SoCon while her 289 kills ranks 10th in the conference.
Lux has 14 matches this season in which she has had double-digit kills including a career-high 20 kills at Furman on September 23. The sophomore outside hitter has recorded 14 matches in which she had a hitting percentage of above .300 highlighted by a .700 hitting percentage versus The Citadel on October 22.
Earning SoCon All-Freshman honors was freshman middle blocker Kaela Massey (Brentwood, Tenn.) who leads the conference in blocks with 123 and ranks second in the SoCon in blocks per set (1.24). Massey has led the ETSU defense this season registering at least four blocks in 21 matches this season.
The Brentwood, Tenn., native recorded a career-high seven blocks twice this season, with the last time coming on October 28 at home versus Wofford. On the offensive side, Massey had a career-high 13 kills and four blocks at Clemson.
In her 14th season as head coach of the ETSU volleyball program, Lindsey Devine earned SoCon Coach of the Year honors for the first time. This season Devine has led the Bucs to an overall record of 21-7 and the programs first SoCon regular season title since 1991. In her 14 seasons at the helm, Devine has led ETSU to the NCAA Tournament once in 2012 and has notched five 20-win seasons.
The blue and gold captured the No.1 seed in the SoCon tournament and will begin tournament play on Saturday, Nov.19 versus the winner of the No.8 seed Furman and No.9 The Citadel contest.
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