Five Volleyball Scots honored by USA South

Five Volleyball Scots honored by USA South

(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) - The USA South Athletic Conference has announced its 2016 All-Conference awards for volleyball. A total of 44 student-athletes have earned honors. 

Averett University's Hannah Shields was named the Player of the Year while her coach Danny Miller earned Coach of the Year honors. Meredith College's Caroline Corey collected Rookie of the Year accolades while Piedmont College's Haley Hixon was named Libero of the Year. Also, the USA South recognized an All-Sportsmanship Team consisting of one member from each competing school.

All awards are voted on by the volleyball coach at each institution. The divisional team voting is completed only by those coaches in the particular division. The all-conference and individual award voting is completed by all coaches.

For Maryville, it was senior Julia Vineyard that led the way with USA South First-Team Overall and First-Team Western Divsion honors. Vineyard had a team-leading 273 kills on the year, while hitting at a .200 clip. She had 58 total blocks, 49 digs and 309.5 points for the Scots.

Defensive specialist Kaitlyn Flickinger earned Second-Team Western Division, as did Brianne Sidner and Saidee McDaniel. Flickinger led the team with 460 digs on the year - the next-closest Scot ranking at 257 in Nia Haller. She had 89 assists and 31 service aces on the year.

McDaniel led Maryville as a setter, as the freshman tallied 830 sets on the year with Taylor Youell ranking second with 124. She had 36 aces, as she deposited 79 kills on the season. McDaniel had 240 digs to go with 17 blocks.

Sidner - also a freshman - had 256 kills to ranks second behind Vineyard. Sidner hit at a .186 clip, as she had 26 service aces on the season. Sidner had 104 digs, 19 blocks and 292.5 points on the year.

Danielle Gehr earned All-Sportsmanship honors for the Scots, as she had six assists, four service aces and 11 digs on the season as a senior.

Averett's Shields, a Keeling, Virginia junior outside hitter, has now been named Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. These honors are added to her Rookie of the Year accolade in 2014. Shields becomes the first player in USA South Volleyball history to earn Rookie of the Year followed by two consecutive Player of the Year honors. She is currently the top offensive performer in the Conference this season, leading the League in kills (627), kills per set (5.02), points (698) and points per set (5.6). Additionally, Shields is ranked in the top-ten in hitting percentage and service aces while adding 3.06 digs per set. She collects her third consecutive First Team All-Conference honor this fall and was also named First Team East Division. Finally, Shields was named USA South Player of the Week four times during the season.

Corey, a freshman outside hitter from Greenville, North Carolina, is a critical newcomer to the Avenging Angel lineup. She currently leads all USA South rookies in kills per set (3.44), points per set (3.7) and hitting percentage (.298). Each of those statistics also rank in the top-five of all League players. Corey has also averaged 1.24 digs per set with 37 total blocks. For her efforts this season, Corey received First Team All-Conference and First Team East Division honors while being named USA South Rookie of the Week three times.


Hixon, a sophomore libero from Ringgold, Georgia, currently has 544 digs which is an average of 5.33 per set. In USA South-only matches, Hixon led the Conference in digs with 284 which translated into a 5.36 digs per set average. Additionally, Hixon has compiled 54 service aces which ranks fifth in the League. She collects her first all-conference honor as she was named First Team West Division. Finally, Hixon was named USA South Defensive Player of the Week three times this season.


Miller, in his 22nd season leading the Cougars, becomes the most decorated coach in USA South Volleyball history as he claims his eighth-career Coach of the Year honor. The Cougars captured the USA South's East Division Championship after posting a perfect 15-0 mark in Conference action. The regular season title is the Averett program's second consecutive and League-best 16th all-time. With a 25-9 overall record, the Cougars are ranked seventh in the latest NCAA South Regional Rankings. Miller now leads Averett into the USA South Tournament semifinals as the East's top seed and host.


Player of the Year

Rookie of the Year

Libero of the Year

Coach of the Year

Hannah Shields

Caroline Corey

Haley Hixon

Danny Miller


The 2016 USA South Volleyball All-Conference Team:


First Team All-Conference

Hannah Blaylock, Meredith
Caroline Corey, Meredith
Tempestt Frazier, William Peace
Ginny Moore, Covenant
Schuyler Moore, Covenant
Hannah Shields, Averett
Julia Vineyard, Maryville


First Team East Division

Second Team East Division

First Team West Division

Second Team West Division

Hannah Blaylock, Meredith
Caroline Corey, Meredith
Tempestt Frazier, William Peace
Keenan Marks, Averett
Hannah Shields, Averett
Sarah Smoot, Averett
Liana Solomon, William Peace

Laura Bland, William Peace
Alex Hafliger, Meredith
Cassidy Hayes, Methodist
Karlie Long, Meredith
Elizabeth Pattison, Meredith
Brianna Williams, Averett
Carson Williams, William Peace

Katelyn Durmire, Piedmont
Audrianna Hargitt, Huntingdon
Haley Hixon, Piedmont
Ginny Moore, Covenant
Schuyler Moore, Covenant
Amanda Trotter, Piedmont
Julia Vineyard, Maryville 

Kaitlyn Flickinger, Maryville
Saidee McDaniel, Maryville 
Taylor Moulton, Salem
Morgan Opgenorth, Covenant
Jessica Seehorn, Covenant
Brianne Sidner, Maryville 
Kylie Taffer, Salem



Alexis Smith, Agnes Scott
Emily Stanley, Averett
Hannah Harris, Covenant
Jessica Turner, Ferrum
Rachel Suttee, Greensboro
Bria Rochelle, Huntingdon
Emily Arnold, LaGrange
Reilly Kelly, Mary Baldwin
Danielle Gehr, Maryville
Keegan Lynch, Meredith
Annabelle Ronelli, Methodist
Evie Hunter, N.C. Wesleyan
Hannah Taylor, Piedmont
Ashlen Rector, Salem
Jade Murphy, Wesleyan
Lenorria Holmes, William Peace