UofL Volleyball Wins Three Major AAC Awards
12/03/2013 03:20 PM
(PRESS RELEASE) – The American Athletic Conference announced the 2013 volleyball award winners and conference champion UofL led the way with three awards.
Louisville’s Caitlin Welch was named Libero of the Year, while teammate Maya McClendon was a unanimous selection as Freshman of the Year. Head Coach Anne Kordes was named Coach of the Year.
Welch was named Libero of the Year after posting 4.92 digs per set on the year, which ranked in the top 50 nationally. Welch had a sterling 5.45 digs-per-set average in conference play, easily leading the league as Louisville went 18-0 in The American. Guided by Welch, the Cardinals held opponents to a conference-best .161 hitting percentage. Her 40 digs against UCF on Oct. 13 were the most in The American in a game this season.
McClendon was named Freshman of the Year after an outstanding debut season for the Cardinals. She led Louisville with 3.13 kills per set as the Cardinals paced the conference with 13.9 kills per set for the season. Additionally, she totaled 332 digs for a 3.16 dig-per-set average. She was the only freshman to finish in the top 12 in the conference in both kills/set and digs/set. McClendon was named American Freshman of the Week a league-high seven times throughout the season.
Kordes was named Coach of the Year after winning the conference in its inaugural season. Kordes’ squad began the season at No. 19 in the national poll, but started 2-6 after eight games of a tough nonconference schedule. Since Sept. 14, the Cardinals have rolled, winning 21 of their final 22 games and going a perfect 18-0 to sweep the conference. In the 18 league matches, Louisville only dropped eight sets. During the conference schedule, Louisville led The American in hitting percentage (.289), opponent hitting percentage (.123), assists (13.69 per set), kills (14.73 per set), and digs (17.42 per set). Kordes earned her 200th career win during the season, and is currently 77-20 in four years at Louisville.
The American also announced the all-conference teams, with 12 players each on the first and second teams. Six players from Louisville were recognized, with a league-high five (Welch, McClendon, Katie George, Emily Juhl, and Brooke Mattingly) on the first team.
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