Rock Hill, S.C. – Brooke Seaman capped off her Brevard College career by being named to the 2009 All-South Atlantic Conference team as a First Team selection.
The senior middle hitter from Spring Hill, Fla. was a fixture in the Brevard College record books this season, finishing third all-time at Brevard with 1,495 kills in her career and finished as the Tornados leader in career total blocks with 520, surpassing the previous career record set by Sandy Tabor.
Seaman led the conference in hitting percentage last season as a junior, connecting on 34.0 percent of her attacks on her way to receiving Second Team All-SAC honors. This season, she headlined the Tornados group which finished first in the SAC in blocks as a team with 2.45 per game and individually Seaman led the conference with 1.23 blocks per game, finishing with 134 on the season, just in front of teammate Jordei Osby.
Wingate University’s Stormi Gale, who led the league in kills per set and helped the Bulldogs to a third straight undefeated season in conference play and fourth straight conference championship, was named the South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Player of the Year, the league announced Thursday.
Wingate, which went 31-1 overall and 16-0 in the conference, swept nearly all the conference’s top awards.
Wingate coach Shelton Collier was named Coach of the Year for the third year in a row.
Wingate senior defensive specialist Chelsea Cancelliere received the Scholar-Athlete Award for volleyball.
Catawba College Kaitlyn Whitmer, who averaged 2.87 kills per set in her rookie season, was named the Freshman of the Year.
Gale, a junior from Richmond, Texas (Fort Bend Austin HS), topped the conference with 3.77 kills per set and was third in the league with a .304 hitting percentage. She was one of four Wingate players named to the All-Conference team. Joining Gale on the first team are Lauren Billo and Liz Willis. Billo led the conference with a .316 hitting percentage and was second in kills at 3.46 per set. Willis led the conference in assists per set at 10.17. Maggie Malone, who ranked second in digs at 4.86 per set, was named to the second team at the Libero position.
Carson-Newman College, Catawba College, and Lincoln Memorial University all had three All-Conference selections.
Carson-Newman’s Katie Troyer, who averaged 2.85 kills per set, was named to the first team. Setter Stephanie Cutter, who averaged 8.07 assists per set, and Carly Mozgai, who averaged 2.55 kills per set, were named to the second team.
Carson-Newman also had two selections to the All-Freshman team. Jasmine Clark, who hit .278 and averaged 1.95 kills per set, and Angelle Hayes, who was fifth in the league in digs at 4.53 per set were both named to the All-Freshman team.
Catawba had two first-team selections in Shay Meeks and Mai Zoua Lo, while Whitmer was named to the second team. Meeks ranked third in kills with 3.07 per set. Zoua Lo was the top Libero in the conference, averaging 5.59 digs per set, which ranks 10th best in Division II.
Lincoln Memorial University had one first-team selection in Amanda Horenkamp, who ranked among the leaders in both kills and digs. The Lady Railsplitters had a pair named to the second team in Lauren Kiwacka and Candace Richardson.
Brevard College’s Brooke Seaman rounds out the All-Conference first team. Seaman led the league in blocks with 1.23 per set.
Newberry’s College’s Lorena Maia, who was second in the conference with .49 service aces per set, was named to the second team.
Also named to the second team was Tusculum College’s Gina Coffaro, who was fifth in the league in kills with 2.89 per set and added 3.86 digs per set. Tusculum also placed a pair on the All-Freshman Team in Sam Underwood and Bailee Price. Underwood ranked eighth in hitting percentage at .273, while Price averaged 2.35 kills and 3.17 digs in her first season.
Rounding out the All-Freshman team is Meredith Lutz from Lenoir-Rhyne University. Lutz ranked third in the conference in assists, dishing out 9.68 per set.
The All-Conference and All-Freshman teams are selected by the league’s head coaches.
The conference awards will be presented Friday after the second of four quarterfinal matches during the opening day of the Food Lion SAC Volleyball Tournament. The tournament will be played at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn.
Cancelliere is a senior defensive specialist, and carries a 3.989 GPA as a sport management major.
This season she averaged 2.55 digs per set, helping Wingate to its fourth straight conference title.
Cancelliere was selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District second team in 2008 and 2009, and is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha Chi honor societies. She has been named to the Wingate president’s list six times and the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the past three years.
Her community and campus activities include serving as vice president of Phi Epsilon Kappa honorary sports science fraternity, campus outreach, and volunteering for a Habitat for Humanity mission trip during her spring break.
2009 SOUTH ATLANTIC CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL
ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS AND AWARD RECIPIENTS
ALL-SAC FIRST TEAM
Brooke Seaman, Brevard
Shay Meeks, Catawba
Mai Zoua Lo, Catawba, Libero
Katie Troyer, Carson-Newman
Amanda Horenkamp, Lincoln Memorial
Stormi Gale, Wingate
Lauren Billo, Wingate
Liz Willis, Wingate
Stephanie Cutter, Carson-Newman
Carly Mozgai, Carson-Newman
Kaitlyn Whitmer, Catawba
Lauren Kiwacka, Lincoln Memorial
Candace Richardson, Lincoln Memorial
Lorena Maia, Newberry
Gina Coffaro, Tusculum
Maggie Malone, Wingate, Libero
Jasmine Clark, Carson-Newman
Angelle Hayes, Carson-Newman
Kaitlyn Whitmer, Catawba
Meredith Lutz, Lenoir-Rhyne
Sam Underwood, Tusculum
Bailee Price, Tusculum
Player of the Year - Stormi Gale, Wingate
Freshman of the Year - Kaitlyn Whitmer, Catawba
Coach of the Year - Shelton Collier, Wingate
Volleyball Scholar-Athlete - Chelsea Cancelliere
STATISTICAL CHAMPIONS (through games of November 8)
Hitting Percentage - Lauren Billo, Wingate, .316; Jasmine Chunn, Catawba, .316
Kills Per Set - Stormi Gale, Wingate, 3.77
Assists Per Set - Liz Willis, Wingate, 10.170
Blocks Per Set - Brooke Seaman, Brevard, 1.230
Service Aces Per Set - Laura Ann Huskey, Mars Hill, .50
Digs Per Set - Mai Zoua Lo, Catawba, 5.59
Team Hitting Percentage - Wingate, .262
Team Assists Per Game - Wingate, 13.74
Team Kills Per Game - Wingate, 14.67
Team Winning Percentage - Wingate, .969
Opponent Hitting Percentage - Wingate, .126
Team Blocks Per Game - Brevard, 2.45
Team Service Aces Per Game - Wingate, 2.03
Digs Per Game - Wingate, 18.25
Mai Zoua Lo