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November 1, 2012

GSAC Announces 2012 Volleyball All-Conference Award Winners

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

 

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