MARIETTA, Ga. - The 2010 Spring Hill College volleyball team ushered in a new era of excellence on The Hill and reaped the benefits of their hard work on Monday when the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) handed out its annual postseason awards.
Junior right side hitter Yiting Cao of Shanghai, China, was named the 2010 SSAC West Division Player of the Year and the 2010 Conference Newcomer of the Year. She was additionally named to the All Conference Team and the All West Division team.
Statistically, Cao finished first in the SSAC in kills per set with a 4.60 average for a season's total of 451, first in attack percentage at .368, and second in services aces per set with a total of 57 and a .58 average. Her totals ranked fifth in the NAIA in kills per set, 20th in aces per set and 21st in attack percentage.
Setter Taryn Nash (left) from Independence, Mo., was named to the All Freshman Team in addition to being chosen All Conference and All West Division. She ranked first in the SSAC in assists per set with an average of 10.08 and a season's total of 1028.
Nash was also named to the 2010 Musco Lighting Women's Volleyball Champions of Character Team.
Freshman middle hitter Sha Sha Buchanan (right) of Mobile's
McGill-Toolen Catholic High School was name All Conference and All West Division. At season's end Buchanan ranked second in the SSAC with 21 solo blocks and 79 block assists for a total of 100 blocks and a .57 blocks per set average.
Junior outside hitter Abbey Roam of Lebanon, Mo., was
chosen to the All West Division team and scored 248 kills on the year for an average of 2.56 kills per set.
Along with Cao and Roam, junior middle blocker Holly Schultis from Pewaukee, Wis., and senior outside hitter Emily Williams of Mobile's Murphy High School were also named to the 2010 SSAC Volleyball All Academic Team to round out this year's SHC awards.
Meredith Donald (right) from McGill-Toolen was named to the 2010
All-Freshman team following a season in which she averaged 3.4 digs per set.
As a team, the Badgers (27-5, 7-1 SSAC West) made a 19-win improvement over the 2009 season and finished as the SSAC West Division Regular Season Champion and the Runner-Up at the 2010 SSAC Volleyball Championship Tournament in Gulfport, Miss.
Spring Hill ended the 2010 season ranked in the Top 5 of several important categories in the NAIA. The Badgers were No. 1 in service aces per set with a 3.4 average and were No. 4 nationally in digs per set with a 21.5 average. They were ranked third in the NAIA in three categories: kills per set with a 19.5 average; assists per set with a 17.2 average; and blocks per set with a 3.0 average.
(Photo left: Carol Roam)