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CofC senior Darcy Dorton was named the 2013 CAA Volleyball Player of the Year on Thursday night.

Dorton, CofC Headline 2013 All-CAA Volleyball Team

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 11/21/2013
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (Nov. 21, 2013) – College of Charleston senior Darcy Dorton has been named the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association volleyball Player of the Year in a vote by the league's head coaches. Dorton received the honor Thursday night at the annual awards banquet held prior to the start of the CAA Volleyball Championship in Charleston, S.C.

Others receiving top volleyball honors from the conference were College of Charleston redshirt junior Kallie McKown as CAA Setter of the Year and Northeastern junior libero Natalia Skiba as Defensive Specialist of the Year. Northeastern freshman Jamie Bredahl was tabbed CAA Rookie of the Year, while College of Charleston’s Jason Kepner was honored as the Coach of the Year.

Dorton led the Cougars to a near-perfect 13-1 conference record in their inaugural season in the CAA and contributed to CofC’s dangerous offensive attack that led the league in hitting percentage (.261) and kills (14.01 per set). The outside hitter ranked second in the league with 3.61 kills per set while hitting .229. She also chipped in 2.48 digs per set and 0.59 blocks per set while placing second in the CAA with 4.03 points per set. The Muncie, Ind., native, who began her career at Penn State, is believed to be the only collegiate volleyball player to have won three different conference championships after being a part of Big Ten and SoCon titles prior to this season.

McKown played a large role in the success of CofC’s offense as well, becoming an extremely reliable setter this season. The redshirt junior bounced back from a season-ending injury one year ago to start 26-of-28 matches this fall. Over 96 sets, McKown has recorded 566 assists for an impressive 5.90 per-set average, contributing to the Cougars’ league-leading 13.08 assists per set average. The Salt Lake City product also found other ways to share the wealth with teammates, finishing the regular season with 196 digs (2.03 per set).

Skiba, who also won CAA Defensive Specialist of the Year honors as a freshman in 2011, has consistently been one of the top liberos in Division I this season. She was ranked in the top-10 for a large majority of the year in the digs per set category, entering the championship ranked eighth in Division I with 5.63 per set. Skiba played in all 115 sets for the Huskies through the regular season and totaled a league-high 648 digs.

Bredahl is the fourth Northeastern player to receive Rookie of the Year honors and the third in the last four years. The freshman setter did not miss a set this season and provided stability in all phases of the game for the Huskies. She registered 254 kills (2.21 per set), 586 assists (5.10 per set), 216 digs (1.88 per set) and 48 blocks. The Parker, Colo., native enters the championship tied for second in Division I amongst freshmen for double-doubles with 15 and is tied for the lead in triple-doubles with six.

Kepner and the Cougars had high expectations heading into their first season in the CAA and lived up to those goals. The team started the year with eight straight wins, including victories over ACC member Georgia Tech and Big Ten member Indiana, and opened up conference play with 11 consecutive victories. College of Charleston finished the regular season with an impressive 23-5 overall record, good for the second-best regular season winning percentage (.821) in Kepner’s seven seasons at the helm. The Cougars’ 2013 CAA regular season title gave the program its 13th straight conference regular season or tournament championships (dating back to CofC’s time in the SoCon), a streak which currently ranks second in the nation.

College of Charleston led the league with two players on the All-CAA First Team as Dorton was joined by junior outside hitter Sloane White (2.55 k/s, 2.99 pts/s, .310 hit%).  Northeastern senior outside hitter Kelly Bacon (3.46 k/s, 3.87 pts/s), the 2012 CAA Player of the Year, made the all-conference first team for the second year in row, as did Hofstra junior outside hitter Kelsie Wills, who led the CAA in kills (4.29 k/s) and points (4.83 pts/s). UNCW senior right side hitter Christi Laite became the first Seahawk to earn first-team honors since 1993 after averaging 3.24 kills and 3.77 points per set. Rounding out the team was James Madison junior middle blocker Lizzy Briones, who was second in the CAA in blocks (1.40 b/s) and ninth in kills (2.81 k/s).

2013 ALL-CAA VOLLEYBALL TEAMS

Selected by CAA Volleyball Coaches

FIRST TEAM

 

Player, School                                Cl.       Pos.    Hometown/Previous School

Kelly Bacon, Northeastern                Sr.       OH      Temecula, Calif./Temecula Valley

Lizzy Briones, James Madison         Jr.        MB      Siloam Springs, Ark./Siloam Springs

Darcy Dorton, Coll. of Charleston    Sr.       OH      Muncie, Ind./Penn State

Christi Laite, UNCW                         Sr.       RS       Severna Park, Md./Severna Park

Sloane White, Coll. of Charleston    Jr.        RS       Indianapolis, Ind./Brebeuf Jesuit

Kelsie Wills, Hofstra                          Jr.        OH      Matamata, New Zealand/Matamata College                    

SECOND TEAM

 

Player, School                                Cl.       Pos.    Hometown/Previous School

Jamie Bredahl, Northeastern        Fr.       S          Parker, Colo./Legend

Janey Goodman, James Madison   Fr.       RS       Powhatan, Va./Powhatan

Cara Howley, Coll. of Charleston     Jr.        RS       McKinney, Texas/South Carolina

Nicole Lott, UNCW                            Fr.       OH      West Chester, Pa./Bishop Shanahan

Meredith Peacock, UNCW                So.       MH      Charlotte, N.C./Hickory Grove

Natalia Skiba, Northeastern             Jr.        L          Westmont, Ill./Hinsdale Central

 

THIRD TEAM

 

Player, School                                Cl.       Pos.    Hometown/Previous School

Saitaua Iosia, Towson                     Jr.        OH      Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly

Ina Kamenova, Northeastern          Sr.       S          Sofia, Bulgaria/Bishop’s School

Kerstin Koehler, Coll. of Charleston  Sr.       MB      Weaverville, N.C./North Buncombe

Dessi Koleva, William & Mary          So.       OH      Torrance, Calif./South

Nichole Kurz, Northeastern             Sr.       MH      San Diego, Calif./Belmont

Melissa Morello, Coll. of Charleston   So.       OH      Milwaukee, Wisc./Nicolet

Ariel Shonk, Delaware                      So.       DS/L   Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood International

 

2013 CAA Player of the Year: Darcy Dorton, College of Charleston

2013 CAA Setter of the Year: Kallie McKown, College of Charleston

2013 CAA Defensive Specialist of the Year: Natalia Skiba, Northeastern

2013 CAA Rookie of the Year: Jamie Bredahl, Northeastern

2013 CAA Coach of the Year: Jason Kepner, College of Charleston

 

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

 

Player, School                                Cl.       Pos.    Hometown/Previous School

Sophia Black, Hofstra                      Fr.       L          Seattle, Wash./Garfield

Jamie Bredahl, Northeastern          Fr.       S          Parker, Colo./Legend

Janey Goodman, James Madison   Fr.       RS       Powhatan, Va./Powhatan

Michelle Heath, William & Mary     Fr.       OH      Rustburg, Va./Rustburg

Nicole Lott, UNCW                            Fr.       OH      West Chester, Pa./Bishop Shanahan

Kate Whitmire, James Madison      Fr.       OH      Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams

 

ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

 

Player, School                                Cl.       Pos.    Hometown/Previous School

Ashlee Asada, Northeastern         Fr.       L          Honolulu, Hawaii/Iolani

Caity DeCoster, Hofstra                   Sr.       S          Crystal Lake, Ill./Crystal Lake Central

Katie Hillman, Delaware                 So.       OH      Deerfield Beach, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons

Morgan Kline, UNCW                          Jr.        OH      Yorktown, Va./Grafton

Melissa Morello, Coll. of Charleston            So.       OH      Milwaukee, Wisc./Nicolet

Paige Sekerak, Towson                     Jr.        L/DS   Montgomery Village, Md./Poolesville

Monika Stanciauskas, William & Mary   Jr.        MB      Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South

Martha Stewart, James Madison     Jr.        OH      Naperville, Ill./Waubonsie Valley

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