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Tuesday, November 16, 2010Lipscomb Lady Bisons senior setter Stefine “Jake” Pease has been named the Atlantic Sun Player of the Year by a vote of the conference coaches.
The A-Sun made the announcement Tuesday morning.
“It is nice to see Jake get this recognition after weeks and weeks of her being understated as far as what we are doing,” Lady Bisons coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “She is a wonderful person to have around. I am happy to see her get the awards that she deserves.
“It is hard for a setter to get recognized. If a player has 20 kills that is going to trump a setting performance no matter how great it is. You have to look at the distribution and the hitting percentage of the team.”
Pease was the preseason player of the year selection as well. It marks the third year in a row that a Lady Bisons player has been chosen as A-Sun Player of the Year. Middle blocker Alex Kelly won the award in 2008 and 2009.
Pease and Kelly were also named to the A-Sun All-Conference First Team. They were both unanimous choices, the only players to have that honor. Pease and Kelly have been on teams at Lipscomb that have won 20 or more matches all four seasons.
“Jake and Alex are arguably the best players in the conference,” Rosenthal said. “I don’t think there is any doubt to that. It is great to see the two leaders and the two hardest workers in the gym be recognized. It is a neat story.
“It is a credit to Alex. With Meghan Hinemeyer, Kaycee Green and Char Ursell playing so much better it takes sets away from Alex. I don’t think Alex is concerned about that. She just wants this team to keep pushing and keep moving forward.”
Hinemeyer, an outside hitter, was named to the A-Sun All-Conference Second Team.
“I wish that we could have seen Meghan on the first team,” Rosenthal said. “She deserved it this season.
“It is hard for a coaching staff to understand that we have done everything that we could do in conference and only have two players on the first team and one on the second team. We have had to have more than these players to get to this point.”
The Lady Bisons, 21-6, 10-0 in the conference, repeated this season as A-Sun regular season champions. They are the top seed in the conference tournament which begins Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla., on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast. The Lady Bisons, the defending tournament champions, have a first round bye. They will play the winner of the Mercer-Belmont game on Friday.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.