Thursday, November 13, 2008


Rock Hill, S.C. – Brevard College volleyball player Brooke Seaman, who led the conference in hitting percentage and blocks per game, was named to the All-Conference second team announced today by the South Atlantic Conference office at the 2008 Food Lion SAC Volleyball Tournament.

Seaman, who was named to the pre-season All-SAC second team by the coaches prior to the season, lived up to the recognition in the Tornados first year of full NCAA Division II and SAC membership.  Seaman posted a league and team-high hitting percentage of 33.9 % on the regular season.  Seaman was also first in the SAC in 0.98 blocks per set. 

After the quarterfinal SAC tournament match earlier this afternoon, the junior middle hitter from Spring Hill, Fla. finished the season with 405 kills, a 34.0% attack percentage and 107 total blocks, all team-highs.  Seaman was third on the team with 27 service aces as she helped guide the Tornados to a 14-17 overall record and a spot in their first ever Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Championship Tournament.

Catawba College’s Melissa Powers, who led the conference in kills per game, was named Player of the Year. Powers, a senior with a 3.591 GPA, also was received the Volleyball Scholar-Athlete Award.

Wingate University coach Shelton Collier, who guided the Bulldogs to an undefeated conference record and the conference championship for the second consecutive year, was named Coach of the Year for the second year in a row.

Wingate’s Liz Willis, who finished second in the league in assists, was named the Freshman of the Year.

Wingate led the way with four selections to the All-Conference Team. Stormi Gale and Maggie Malone at the Libero position were named to the first team, while Willis and Lauren Billo were named to the second team.

Carson-Newman College had three All-Conference selections. Katie Troyer was named to the first team, while Kelsey Fleck and Carly Mozgai were named to the second team.

Joining Powers on the All-Conference first team from Catawba is Melissa Griffith.

Newberry College had a pair of All-Conference selections in Priscilla Sales, who was named to the first team, and Lorena Maia. Maia led the conference in service aces per game for the third year in a row.

Lincoln Memorial University’s Amanda Horenkamp was named to the first team, while LMU’s Alicia MacIntyre was named to the second team at the Libero position. MacIntyre led the conference in digs per game.

Tusculum’s Katie Luebke was named to the All-Conference first team.
Lenoir-Rhyne University had one selection to the All-Conference team as Katie Novacek was named to the second team.
Joining Willis on the All-Freshman team was: Shay Meeks from Catawba; Evie Tafunai from Mars Hill; Carly Swisher and Peyton Colclough from Tusculum and Maggie Malone from Wingate. Colclough led the conference in assists per game

The All-Conference Team is selected by the league’s head coaches.

The Food Lion South Atlantic Conference volleyball tournament began Thursday at Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, N.C. The Semifinals are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Friday, with the championship set for 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.


Katie Troyer, Carson-Newman
Melissa Powers, Catawba
Melissa Griffith, Catawba
Amanda Horenkamp, Lincoln Memorial
Priscila Sales, Newberry
Katie Luebke, Tusculum
Stormi Gale, Wingate
Maggie Malone, Wingate (Libero)

Brooke Seaman, Brevard

Kelsey Fleck, Carson-Newman
Carly Mozgai, Carson-Newman
Katie Novacek, Lenoir-Rhyne
Alicia MacIntyre, Lincoln Memorial (Libero)
Lorena Maia, Newberry
Lauren Billo, Wingate
Liz Willis, Wingate

Shay Meeks, Catawba
Evie Tafunai, Mars Hill
Carly Swisher, Tusculum
Peyton Colclough, Tusculum
Maggie Malone, Wingate
Liz Willis, Wingate

COACH OF THE YEAR: Shelton Collier, Wingate
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Liz Willis, Wingate
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Melissa Powers, Catawba
SAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE: Melissa Powers, Catawba

(through games of November 8)

Brooke Seaman, Brevard College - Hitting Percentage and Blocks Per Game
Melissa Powers, Catawba College - Kills Per Game
Peyton Colclough, Tusculum College - Assists Per Game
Lorena Maia, Newberry College - Service Aces Per Game
Alicia MacIntyre, Lincoln Memorial University - Digs Per Game
Carson-Newman College - Team Hitting Percentage
Wingate University - Team Assists Per Game; Team Kills Per Game; Opponent Hitting Percentage; and Team Winning Percentage
Newberry College - Team Service Aces Per Game
Tusculum College - Team Blocks Per Game
Lincoln Memorial University - Digs Per Game