Howard Named to All-SAC Volleyball First Team


ROCK HILL, S.C. (TheSac.com) -- Catawba senior middle Bri Howard (Graham, N.C./S. Alamance) has been named to the 2016 First Team All-South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Team.  Queens outside hitter Meredith Jones was voted the Player of the Year, while Anderson’s Emily Conlin was the Freshman of the Year.  Jenny Michael, of Lincoln Memorial, was tabbed as Coach of the Year.

Howard fought through an injury-plagued senior season to lead the team in blocking at 0.91 per set with 11 solo and 52 assisted blocks.  She played in 20 of 29 matches on the year and a total of 69 of the 110 sets.  Howard hit at a team-best 31.7% with 160 total kills.  She finished second on the squad with 2.32 kills per set.

Jones closed the regular season ranking first in four categories in the SAC, including kills per set (3.71) and total kills (386).  In addition, Jones has also posted 10 double-doubles on the season and earned three Player of the Week honors.
Conlin led the SAC with 1246 assists and averaged 10.30 per set. Conlin was also named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Specialist of the Week two times during the season.  Michael led the Railsplitters to the most single season SAC wins in program history as they posted 17 conferences wins and finished second in the league.

First Team

Outside Hitter: Meredith Jones, Queens
Outside Hitter: Abby Saehler, Wingate
Setter: Abby Cash, Lincoln Memorial
Outside Hitter: Marissa Mitter, Anderson
Setter: Samantha Cash, Lincoln Memorial
Outside Hitter: Logan Hayward, Newberry
Outside Hitter: Bri Howard, Catawba
Defensive Specialist: Melissa Mazur, Tusculum
Second Team

Outside Hitter: Oakley Attaway, Wingate
Setter: Emily Conlin, Anderson
Middle Blocker: Emily Steele, Lenoir-Rhyne
Middle Blocker: Madison Darby-McClure, Newberry
Outside Hitter: Brooke Redmond, Lenoir-Rhyne
Setter: Sydney Kunz, Queens
Middle Blocker: Rachel Burts, Anderson
Defensive Specialist: Treslyn Ortiz, Wingate
Honorable Mention

Setter: Rachell Alles, Wingate
Middle Blocker: Laryssa Welch, Tusculum
Outside Hitter: Kiera Holland, Lincoln Memorial
Setter: Maggie Marsh, Newberry
Outside Hitter: Liz Brock, Lincoln Memorial
Outside Hitter: Rebecca Cochran, Queens
Libero: Taylor Lowe, Carson-Newman
Defensive Specialist: Megan Mancini, Queens

Emily Conlin, Anderson
Rachel Alles, Wingate
Toni-Anne Whitlow, Newberry
Treslyn Ortiz, Wingate
Marnie Streeter, Carson-Newman
Hallie Zumack, Tusculum
Player of the Year: Meredith Jones, Queens
Freshman of the Year: Emily Conlin, Anderson
Coach of the Year: Jenny Michael, Lincoln Memorial

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