ATLANTA, Ga. - The Great South Athletic Conference announced their 2012 All-Conference award winners for the 2012 season and after exclusive voting by the league's head coaches Covenant's Chelsea Van Dyk laid claim to both the Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors after an outstanding season on the court. Heather Taylor, her hardworking coach, completed a clean sweep of the top awards for the Lady Scots by earning Coach of the Year honors as voted on by her peers.
Van Dyk, a freshman middle hitter from Manhattan, Montana spearheaded Covenant's attack all season long to guide the Lady Scots to a league-best 22-6 overall record. She led Covenant with 360 kills and a .381 hitting percentage leading into the nomination period, including a devastating 25 kills in a win over Asbury earlier this season. Her constant force at the net and precocial leadership skills elevated her to both the conference's highest honor for a player and first-year student-athlete.
Coach Taylor, a former star on the court for the Lady Scots herself, compiled her best record on the sidelines this season. A prestigious Maclellan scholar as an undergraduate, Taylor began coaching Covenant in 2006 and in her six years has elevated the program into a perennial contender for conference championships and potential berths in the NCAA Tournament.
Fourteen GSAC student-athletes landed on the All-Conference team while seven first-year performers became members of the All-Freshman Team. The entirety of both squads is listed below.
2012 GSAC Volleyball All-Conference Team
Name School Class Position
Chelsea Van Dyk Covenant Freshman Middle Hitter
Estes Carlson Covenant Junior Libero
McKenzie Bragg Wesleyan Freshman Right Side
Stephanie Kirkpatrick Covenant Sophomore Setter
Morgan Bender Agnes Scott Junior Outside Hitter
Brittany Miller Salem Senior Libero
Zy Henderson Salem Sophomore Defensive Specialist
Jynnah Radford Agnes Scott Junior Middle Blocker
Lauern Rozof Huntingdon Junior Outside Hitter
Jessica Chittendon Covenant Senior Middle Hitter
Roslyn Nixon Salem Sophomore Right Side
Kelly Kahumoko Huntingdon Junior Outside Hitter
Michelle Morgan Salem Junior Middle Hitter
Claire Brummeler Agnes Scott Senior Setter
2012 GSAC Volleyball All-Freshman Team
Name School Position
Chelsea Van Dyk Covenant Middle Hitter
McKenzie Bragg Wesleyan Right Side
Lexi Rangel Huntingdon Setter
Cora Schroeder Covenant Outside Hitter
Natali Rendon Agnes Scott Outside Hitter
Kali Martin Huntingdon Outside Hitter
Kelsey DeFosse Salem Outside Hitter