ATLANTA (Nov. 11, 2019) - The Southern Athletic Association (SAA) has announced the 2019 All-SAA Volleyball awards. The award winners were selected by the league's head volleyball coaches and the conference office.
Carson VanCampen of Berry won the league's top honor, SAA Player of the Year. For the second straight season, Laura Beier, a libero of Berry, was named the SAA Defensive Player of the Year while Birmingham-Southern freshman Alyssa Coats captured the league's SAA Newcomer of the Year honor. Finally, after leading BSC to its first-ever SAA Regular Season Championship, Panther Head Coach Haven O'Quinn was named the SAA Coach of the Year.
2019 marked the third straight season the SAA Player of the Year award went to a Viking. Hannah Thompson won the award in 2017 while current Berry outside hitter Emily Hancock won the award in 2018. This fall, VanCampen ranked second in the SAA in kills (344), fourth in kills per set (3.02), and first in attack percentage (.350).
The Viking middle blocker second in total blocks and blocks per set. Finally, VanCampden averaged the second-most points per set average in the SAA at 3.7.
Along with VanCampen, Beier helped Berry to a 26-5 record and a top-10 national ranking most of the season. After earning the top-defensive honor in the conference last season, Beier continued her great play on the backline by leading the SAA in digs per set (5.91) and total digs (674). Playing against the top offensive players in NCAA Division III, Beier had only 25 receiving errors all season.
Coats quickly made a difference for the Panthers playing in 27 matches. The freshman outside hitter ranked in the top-10 among all SAA players in kills (275) and total attacks (833). In conference play, she averaged 2.61 kills per set and scored 3.1 points pet set.
Finally, O'Quinn led BSC to a 24-6 record. The Panthers finished the regular with a 13-1 SAA record. Despite playing in the toughest region, the Panthers won 80 percent of its matches.
On defense, BSC led the league blocks per set, total blocks, block solo, and block assists. The Panthers also ranked among the league's top-five in kills per set, total attacks, hitting percentage, assists, assists per set, aces, digs, digs per set, points, and points per set.