FOREST, Va. – The Yellow Jackets' sophomore outside hitter Miranda Hall (Mechanicsville, Va./Hanover) was selected as the Old Dominion Athletic Conferences' Player of the Year, as announced by the league office and voted on by the ODAC's coaches. The recognition follows a 2016 freshman season in which she was named the league's Rookie of the Year.
In addition to the honor, she appears on the All-ODAC First Team, along with teammates, senior libero Samantha Sallade (Newport News, Va. / Peninsula Catholic), senior setter Erin Quinn (Morrisville, N.C. / Cardinal Gibbons) and junior outside hitter Mariah Clark (Stuarts Draft, Va. / Riverheads). Senior Rebecca McGilvery (Warrenton, Va. / Kettle Run) was named to the All-ODAC Second Team. Head Coach Bill Rogers was named the ODAC Coach of the Year.
Through the conference tournament, Hall leads the ODAC in kills per set with 3.18. She is fourth in total kills with 299 and in the top five for points per set (3rd, 3.4) and total points earned (315.5). She is the team leader in all of those categories, with the exception of total points earned, which the team lead goes to fellow first teamer Clark with 328.0. Hall earned All-ODAC Third Team honors last year in addition to her Rookie of the Year nod.
Sallade will leave her college career with both the ODAC and Randolph-Macon title for most digs in a career. Through the conference tournament, she has 512 this season and has 5.12 digs per set. Both lead the team. She also tallied 18 service aces. In total digs, she sits third in the ODAC this year and is fifth for digs per set. For her record-breaking career, she currently totals 2,095 digs in her career. Sallade finishes her college career by appearing on the All-ODAC First Team for each season in her college career.
Clark in in the top ten in the conference for hitting percentage (.257, 6th in ODAC), total kills, (265, 7th in ODAC), kills per set (2.62, 8th in ODAC), total blocks (62, 8th in ODAC) and in the top 15 in the ODAC for blocks per set (0.61, 13th in ODAC). She is second on the team in kills and kills per set, while checking in at third for total blocks. She is also second on the team for total service aces with 31, a category in which she is in the top 20 in the ODAC. Clark was on the All-ODAC first team last season as well.
Quinn is currently first on the team and eighth in the ODAC in total assists with 537 this season. She totals 5.48 assists per set, which is also first on the team and sixth in the conference. She is fourth on the team in total service aces with 18. She currently has 2,925 assists in her career, which is second in school history. Quinn won the ODAC Player of the Year nod last season in addition to appearing on the All-ODAC First Team.
McGilvery finishes the conference tournament ninth in total kills with 255. She is 12th in the ODAC in kills per set as well as eighth (tied) for total service aces. She leads the team in the latter category, while placing third on the team in both total kills and kills per set. She ranks second on the team in digs and digs per set with 277 and 2.80 respectively. That crosses the threshhold for the ODAC top 25 for both of those categories. It's the second time McGilvery has played herself on to All-ODAC Second Team honors -- she did the same last season.
Head Coach Bill Rogers was honored by the leagues' head coaches as the ODAC Coach of the Year. Rogers' 2017 team is his third straight to go undefeated in conference play and has won the regular season ODAC title for four straight seasons and has three straight ODAC Tournament titles. Rogers has been named the ODAC Coach of the Year for four straight years and has won the honor six times overall. In his 16th season with the Yellow Jackets, his career record is 372-145 (.720), including a 150-18 (.893) mark in league play.
Randolph-Macon is now 23-6 on the season and await the announcement of where they will be headed for the NCAA Tournament as the ODAC's automatic qualifier. The selection show will take place on Monday, November 6 at 12:30 PM and will be streamed at ncaa.com. Regional play will take place between Thursday, November 9 and Sunday, November 12.
ALL-ODAC VOLLEYBALL AWARDS
Player of the Year: Miranda Hall, So., OH, Randolph-Macon
Coach of the Year: Bill Rogers, Randolph-Macon
Rookie of the Year: Courtney Berry, Fr., MB, Washington and Lee
ODAC/Va. Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Carleigh Studtmann, Sr., MH, Bridgewater
|ALL-ODAC FIRST TEAM|
|Courtney Berry||Fr.||MB||Washington and Lee|
|Meg Guignon||Jr.||OH||Washington and Lee|
|ALL-ODAC SECOND TEAM|
|Emilee Pierson||Sr.||S||Virginia Wesleyan|
|Brynne Gould||Fr.||OH||Washington and Lee|
|ALL-ODAC THIRD TEAM|
|Ali Singleton||Sr.||OH||Emory & Henry|
|Allison Mackley||Sr.||L||Virginia Wesleyan|
|Dare Wright||Sr.||MH||Virginia Wesleyan|