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Lowers, Rossberg and Sallade Earn All-State Accolades

Lowers, Rossberg and Sallade Earn All-State Accolades

ASHLAND, Va.—Senior Courtney Lowers (Suffolk, Va. / Nansemond River) and sophomore Samantha Sallade (Newport News, Va. / Peninsula Catholic) were named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) College Division Women's Volleyball All-State First Team and senior Katie Rossberg (Crozet, Va. / Western Albemarle) was selected to the Second Team.

Lowers was the first student-athlete in R-MC Volleyball history to receive a spot on the All-American list. An All-South Region selection and three-time ODAC player of the week this season, she rewrote the record books, finishing the season as Randolph-Macon's all-time leader in kills with 1,478 and surpassing her own single season record of 492 kills in 2014 with 506 (4.48 per set) in 2015, third in ODAC history. She is the first player in the ODAC to reach 500 kills since 2004. Lowers was named ODAC Player of the Year for the second straight season, and she was honored as the Most Outstanding Player of the Galloway Regional as the Yellow Jackets went 3-0 to advance to the National Quarterfinals.

An Honorable Mention All-South Region selection and All-ODAC First Team honoree, Sallade broke the single-season record for digs and led the ODAC with 611 this season, averaging 5.01 digs per set. She currently sits eighth on the R-MC All-Time Leaderboard with 1,079 digs. Sallade was named to the Galloway Regional All-Tournament Team after tallying 63 digs over three matches to help R-MC advance to Grand Rapids.

A First Team All-ODAC selection, Rossberg tallied 376 kills in 2015, the sixth highest single-season total in program history. She grabbed the seventh spot on the R-MC All-Time List with 1,057 kills. Rossberg was named ODAC Player of the Week on Oct. 26. She earned the award by tallying 70 kills over four matches and helped the Yellow Jackets claim first place in the ODAC.

Randolph-Macon went 11-0 in conference play under 2015 ODAC Coach of the Year, Bill Rogers, who recorded his 300th career victory in a 3-0 win over Misericordia on Sept. 4. The Yellow Jackets concluded their season at 28-8 overall.

R-MC claimed its fourth conference title to earn the ODAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. 

The Yellow Jackets made their fifth NCAA Tournament appearance and their first since 2012 in the Galloway Regional, hosted by Stockton University. R-MC defeated Stevenson 3-1 in the first round before conquering Christopher Newport and Stockton to advance to the National Quarterfinals for the first time in program history.

Randolph-Macon is the only school in the ODAC to reach the National Quarterfinals in league history. Washington and Lee and R-MC were the only two schools in the league to advance to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. The Generals reached the Third Round in 2006 and the Yellow Jackets punched their ticket in 2010.

2015 VaSID College Division Women's Volleyball All-State Teams

Coach of the Year: Lindsay Birch, Christopher Newport

Player of the Year: Brianna Sutton, Christopher Newport

Rookie of the Year: Keenan Marks, Averett


First Team

Courtney Lowers, Randolph-Macon

Hannah Shields, Averett

Briana Sutton, Christopher Newport

Tiffany Barrett, Virginia Wesleyan

Rachel Conway, Christopher Newport

Hannah Miller, Christopher Newport

Libero/Defensive Specialist - Samantha Sallade, Randolph-Macon

Second Team

Anna Lausberg, Washington and Lee

Keenan Marks, Averett

Emma Olson, Mary Washington

Mackenzie Shand, Washington and Lee

Karley Allen, UVA-Wise

Katie Rossberg, Randolph-Macon

Libero/Defensive Specialist - Marin Crowder, Virginia Wesleyan

--R-MC Sports Information--