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Lowers, Rogers Headline All-ODAC Volleyball Honors

Courtney Lowers makes contact for the hit.
Courtney Lowers makes contact for the hit.

FOREST, Va. – Randolph-Macon senior outside hitter Courtney Lowers (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond River) was named Player of the Year and Bill Rogers was voted Coach of the Year as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) announced its 2015 volleyball awards.

Joining Lowers on the All-ODAC First Team was senior outside hitter Katie Rossberg (Crozet, Va./Western Albemarle) and sophomore libero Samantha Sallade (Newport News, Va./Peninsula Catholic). Sophomore setter Erin Quinn (Morrisville, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) earned All-ODAC Second-Team honors.

Lowers was voted ODAC Player of the Year for the second straight season. She is a four-time All-ODAC performer, including First Team each of the past three years. Lowers also earned ODAC All-Academic honors. Lowers tops the conference in kills per set at 4.40. She has 431 kills and 1,125 total attacks this season. Her total of 431 kills is the third-highest total in program history. Lowers had 492 kills in 2014, the top single-season mark for R-MC. Lowers had 53 kills in the ODAC semifinals and finals and is second on the R-MC career list with 1,392 kills, 30 away from the program record. Lowers is third on the team with 63 blocks.

Rogers is in his 14th season as head coach of the Yellow Jackets. R-MC is 25-7 overall this season and went 11-0 in ODAC games. Rogers has posted an overall record of 322-129 (.714), including 138-20 (.873) in ODAC contests. Rogers has been named ODAC Coach of the Year four times (2009, 2012, 2014, 2015). R-MC has won four ODAC volleyball championships.

Rossberg has earned All-ODAC honors for the third consecutive season. She was Second Team as a junior and Third Team as a sophomore. A member of the ODAC All-Academic Team, Rossberg is second on the team with 313 kills, 3.10 kills per set, and 933 total attacks. She had a season-high   kills against Franklin and Marshall as well as Hiram. Rossberg has 994 career kills, the 10th-highest total in program history.

Sallade is All-ODAC First Team for the second straight season. She leads the conference with 532 digs and 4.97 digs per set. Sallade has 1,000 career digs, ninth on the R-MC career list.

Quinn earns All-ODAC honors for the first time in her career. She was an ODAC All-Academic honoree following her freshman season. Quinn tops the team with 614 assists. She has 1,083 career assists, the 10th-highest total in program history. Quinn had a season-high 32 assists against Rivier. Quinn is fourth on the team with 233 digs and second with 44 service aces.

The top-seeded Yellow Jackets defeated No. 2 Virginia Wesleyan 3-1 on Saturday evening to claim the program's fourth ODAC title. R-MC earned the ODAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The field and pairings will be announced on Monday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. EST.