MACON, Ga. – After leading the Lipscomb volleyball team to a share of its third-straight Atlantic Sun regular season championship, five different Lady Bisons were highlighted on Tuesday as the league announced their postseason awards including top honors for senior middle blocker Katie Rose, who was named 2011 A-Sun co-Player of the Year by a vote of the league’s coaches.
A three-time A-Sun Player of the Week this season, Rose shares the honor with Belmont senior Maggie Johnson, who led the Bruins to a share of the A-Sun crown with Lipscomb. The most effective hitter in league matches, Rose ranks in the top 10 in the league in hitting percentage (.346), kills per set (3.18) and blocks per set (0.78). Rose’s honor marks the fourth straight season that a Lipscomb player has claimed the top honor in the conference.
“Katie’s a player that has been asked to do so many different things over the past couple of years and for her to get the credit that she deserves without a doubt is phenomenal,” said Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal. “She has never wanted anything more than what the team needs. It’s neat for her to get this recognition.”
Joining Rose in the postseason honors were junior Kaycee Green, who was selected First-Team All-Atlantic Sun and freshmen Jewell Dobson and Lauren Ford, who were unanimous A-Sun All Freshman team honorees. Sophomore setter Caitlin Dotson joined Rose as a member of the inaugural A-Sun All-Academic team.
“Kaycee Green is somebody that has really done a nice job for us consistently since freshman year,” said Rosenthal. “She’s been a part of two championship teams and has started pretty much every match during that time. She continues to work, not only just on the court but off the court in her leadership abilities and really helping this team.”
The first-team honors were the first for Green, who ranks fourth in the A-Sun in kills per set with a 3.55 average and ranks sixth in points with a 3.76 per set mark.
“For Lauren to be a unanimous decision is well deserved. She continues to not only push in matches but practice and doing a lot of things on her own by coming in and getting extra work done.
“The speed of the game is a huge benefit to Jewell and how fast she’s able to not only just move on the court but her arm swing itself. She does a lot of other things well but running the slide is her thing. I’m excited about Jewell and her development. She continues to get better and better as the year goes on.”
Ford and Dobson earned All-Freshman honors for their solid play this fall. Ford ranks sixth in the league in kills-per-set with a 3.20 average while Dobson ranks fourth in the conference in hitting percentage with a .314 average.
A 4.0 student in pre-med, Dotson is one of three sophomores selected to the nine-person All-Academic squad. Rose picked up her academic nod behind a 3.71 grade point average in education.
“It’s a great honor for ‘Dot’ to be recognized,” said Rosenthal. “She’s a competitor and she works hard day in and day out. It’s neat to see her being recognized as a sophomore.
“Katie is just a tremendous person. She continues to amaze me and her work ethic is exactly why she’s here. She only knows one way to do things and that’s her very best.”
The Lady Bisons have now garnered 16 All A-Sun selections under Rosenthal and eight All-Freshman team laurels. The First and Second All A-Sun teams were voted on by the league’s coaches while the All-Academic team was selected by a vote of the league’s sports information directors.
Lipscomb is set to host the 2011 A-Sun Volleyball Championship this Thurs-Fri at Allen Arena. The second seeded Lady Bisons will take on the winner between FGCU and North Florida on Friday night at 5 p.m.