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Volleyball All-Conference Award Winners Announced

Volleyball All-Conference Award Winners Announced

ATLANTA, Ga. – The Great South Athletic Conference held a banquet in Atlanta on Friday evening to celebrate the 2015 GSAC Volleyball All-Conference award winners. Anna Tomkins of Agnes Scott won the top prize of Player of the Year while Finlandia's Anaya Merriweather captured Libero of the Year. The Scotties' Paige Heck collected Freshman of the Year and her head coach, Catherine Geerlings, was named Coach of the Year by her peers.

Anna Tomkins (pictured at right), a sophomore setter from Chapel Hill, N.C., appeared at the top of the league in several key statistical categories en route to claiming Player of the Year status. She led the league in assists with 511 and used a deadly service to rack up a conference-best 81 aces. Tomkins was also a defensive contributor for the Scotties, tallying 259 digs on the season, fourth-best among conference competitors.

Anaya Merriweather, a sophomore Libero from Detroit, Mich. handled the defensive specialist duties for the Lions with aplomb to earn Libero of the Year honors. She ranked inside the top ten in digs per set among GSAC competitors with a 2.85 per game average. Merriweather also collected an impressive 148 digs in only 52 sets on her way to claiming the honor for defensive specialists.

Paige Heck, a freshman outside hitter from Indianapolis, Ind. Took the GSAC by storm in 2015 to win Freshman of the Year. She ranked inside the top five in several statistical categories including first in kills with 209, second in kills per set with 2.75, fourth in service aces with 34 and fifth in hitting percentage at  0.185. She cemented her status as the league's top newcomer by leading the conference in points on the season with a total of 246.

Catherine Geerlings just completed her sixth season at the helm of the Scotties' program and earned the Coach of the Year honor from her peers after posting a league-best 11 victories in 2015. Most recently, Geerlings has guided the Scotties to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances after securing the school's first ever trip in 2013. Geerlings graduated with a B.A. in Kinesiology from Southwestern University (Georgetown, TX) in 1992.

2015 GSAC Volleyball All-Conference Team

Bonnie Derks of Agnes Scott
Shakirah Dodson of Agnes Scott
Paige Heck of Agnes Scott
Kaleigh McCrary of Agnes Scott
Anna Tomkins of Agnes Scott
Katelyn Anderson of Finlandia
Devin Bristley of Finlandia
Brandy Bednorz of Salem
Kylie Taffer of Salem
Keiona Benjamin of Wesleyan
Kellie Graves of UC Santa Cruz
Maya Lloyd of UC Santa Cruz
Tatum Novitsky of UC Santa Cruz
Sophie Sieberth of UC Santa Cruz

2015 GSAC Volleyball All-Freshman Team

Joanna Ferreira of Agnes Scott
Paige Heck of Agnes Scott
Marina Dalton of Finlandia
Lauren Harris of Mount Mary
Julissa Almonte of Salem
Tatum Novitsky of UC Santa Cruz
Taylor Carr of Wesleyan

2015 GSAC Volleyball All-Academic Team

Agnes Scott: Bonnie Derks, Kayleigh McCrary, Alexandria Moses, Alexis Smith, Anna Tomkins, Briana Vannoy
Finlandia: Katelyn Anderson
Mills: Miranda Crothers, Amber Escobar Meza, Alexandra Fitzmaurice, Emma Rigby
Mount Mary: Sarah Amoroso, Rachel Barker, Payton Hintz, Julia Terasa, Nicole Weggen 
Salem: Brandy Bednorz, Kylie Taffer
UCSC: Lauren Cruz, Maya Lloyd, Allison Ota, Sophie Seiberth
Wesleyan: Jema Bravo

2015 GSAC Volleyball All-Sportsmanship Team

Agnes Scott: Kayleigh McCrary
Finlandia: Monica Freeman
Mills: Emma Rigby
Mount Mary: Sarah Amoroso
Salem: Mariah Sharon
UC Santa Cruz: Maya Lloyd
Wesleyan: Taylor Carr

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