ATLANTA (Nov. 8, 2018) – Headlined by American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Region Coach of the Year Caitlyn Moriarty of Berry and All-Region Freshman of the Year Laura Beier, seven Southern Athletic Association (SAA) volleyball student-athletes were named to the AVCA South Region Team, Thursday.
Beier of Berry, Lauren Dwyer of Hendrix, Emily Hancock and Carson VanCampen also of the Vikings, along with Jeneva Salter of Birmingham-Southern were all named to the All-AVCA South Region Team. Caroline Johnson of BSC and SAA Newcomer of the Year Ellie Pedersen of Sewanee were named to the All-AVCA All-Region Honorable Mention Team.
This is the second straight season the SAA had two out of the three major regional award winners. On the back row for Berry, Beier was a force on defense. Despite being only a freshman, the Viking libero led the league in digs per set (5.78). The four-time SAA Defensive Player of the Week winner averaged an SAA best 6.28 digs per set while accumulating 289 stops in conference matches. With that, Berry ranked only second behind Birmingham-Southern in digs per set at 17.37.
Finally, in her third season in Rome, Ga., Moriarty continued to lead Berry to new heights. The Vikings wrapped up the regular season ranked 17th by the AVCA. Berry enters the SAA Tournament as the host and No. 1 seed after posting a 22-3 overall record and a perfect 13-1 mark in SAA action. The Vikings currently lead the NCAA South Regional rankings after ranked victories over Emory, Washington, Christopher-Newport, and SAA rival Birmingham-Southern. Along with the wins, Berry led the conference in block assists, total blocks, and blocks per set while ranking second in hitting percentage and points per set.
The Vikings will host Birmingham-Southern and six other teams in the NCAA Tournament South Regional starting Friday.