South Atlantic Conference

SAC Announces 2022 Volleyball Award Winners And All-Conference Teams

SAC Announces 2022 Volleyball Award Winners And All-Conference Teams

Wingate setter Shannon Kasprak was voted the 2022 SAC Volleyball POY, while Lenoir-Rhyne outside hitter Emmaleigh Allen was named SAC Freshman of the Year.

Nov 9, 2022 by FloVolleyball Staff
SAC Announces 2022 Volleyball Award Winners And All-Conference Teams

Wingate setter Shannon Kasprak was voted the 2022 South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Player of the Year, while Lenoir-Rhyne outside hitter Emmaleigh Allen was named SAC Freshman of the Year.

Additionally, Wingate head coach Shelton Collier was named SAC Coach of the Year, the conference office announced Wednesday.

Kasprak, a graduate student from Austin, Texas, was one of the top all-around players in the SAC this season. She ranks second in assists with 896, third in assists per set (10.30) and is ranked in the top-10 in services aces (32) and hitting percentage (.347). 

Behind her leadership, the Bulldogs finished the regular season with a 17-1 conference record and a win of the Piedmont Division, and they are ranked No. 25 nationally.

Allen, a freshman from Wooster, Ohio, was an offensive threat for the Bears all season. She finished the year with 263 kills, 28 service aces, 30 blocks and a .151 hitting percentage. She also had 248 digs and amassed 308.5 points throughout the season.

Collier led the Bulldogs to a 26-2 record overall, going 17-1 in the SAC in 2022. 

Under his guidance, Wingate is ranked No. 1 in the NCAA Division II Volleyball Southeast Region and No. 25 nationally. 

Collier's Bulldogs finished third in the league in kills (1,335), first in kills per set (13.91), third in digs (1,564), third in digs per set (16.29) and first in points per set (18.5).

Joining Kasprak on the first team were Wingate's Emily Johnson and Molly Lambillotte, Mars Hill's Sarah Goddard, Tusculum's Emiah Burrowes and Carly Sosnowski, Carson-Newman's Julia Wheeler, and Anderson's Noelle Knutsen.

2022 SAC Volleyball All-Conference

First Team
Emiah Burrowes, Tusculum
Sarah Goddard, Mars Hill
Emily Johnson, Wingate
Shannon Kasprak, Wingate
Noelle Knutsen, Anderson
Molly Lambillotte, Wingate
Carly Sosnowski, Tusculum (L)
Julia Wheeler, Carson-Newman

Second Team
Emma Clark, Lenoir-Rhyne
Jana Cuk, Mars Hill
Ashley Hawkins, Lenoir-Rhyne
Abbey Hildenbrand, Carson-Newman
Laela Jimenez, Mars Hill (L)
Colette Romp, Lenoir-Rhyne
Madison Roy, Anderson
Maggie Young, Wingate

Third Team
Elise Carmichael, Tusculum
Blake Cherry, Carson-Newman
Emmagrace Cobb, Carson-Newman
Jaelyn Grimm, Anderson
Liliana Kinder, Anderson
Maggie Mullen, Wingate (L)
Carli Pigza, Tusculum
Jordan Schmucker, Mars Hill

All-Freshman
Emmaleigh Allen, Lenoir-Rhyne
Martina Foster, Tusculum
Laela Jimenez, Mars Hill
Emily Johnson, Wingate
Tatum Riddle, Limestone
Samantha Shaffer, Newberry

Player of the Year
Shannon Kasprak, Wingate

Freshman of the Year
Emmaleigh Allen, Lenoir-Rhyne

Coach of the Year
Shelton Collier, Wingate

Statistical Champions

Hitting Percentage: Noelle Knutsen, Anderson (.393)
Kills Per Set: Julia Wheeler, Carson-Newman (4.44)
Assists Per Set: Shannon Kasprak, Wingate (10.26)
Blocks Per Set: Emily Johnson, Wingate (1.17)
Service Aces: Avery Webb, Newberry (52)
Digs Per Set: Laela Jimenez, Mars Hill (5.72)
Team Hitting Percentage: Wingate (.288)
Team Assists Per Set: Wingate (12.92)
Team Kills Per Set: Wingate (13.83)
Team Winning Percentage: Wingate (.931)
Team Opponent Hitting Percentage: Wingate (.087)
Team Blocks Per Set: Wingate (2.52)
Team Service Aces Per Set: Wingate (2.09)
Team Digs Per Set: Mars Hill (19.34)