MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Spring Hill College volleyball team collected the lion's share of honors at the 2013 Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Awards Banquet on Thursday night on the campus of Faulkner University. The Badgers claimed 11 individual awards including Player of the Year, Setter of the Year and Libero of the Year.
Senior setter Taryn Nash of Independence, Mo., was named the 2013 Player of the Year and Setter of the Year by the 12 conference head coaches in addition to her third consecutive membership on the 1st team of the All-Conference squad. Nash, a two-time honorable mention member of the Tachikara-NAIA All-America Team, entered the conference tournament with 481 sets played for the Badgers in four seasons including 5120 assists, 297 kills, 1069 digs, 119 aces and 147 total blocks.
Senior libero Meredith Donald out of McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in Mobile earned Libero of the Year and membership on the 1st team All-Conference roster after a season in which collected 473 digs and 422 receptions in the regular season. For her career, she has 1926 digs with 2089 receptions in 478 sets. She was also selected as the SHC representative on the 2013 Musco Lighting-SSAC Champions of Character Team.
Two other Badger were named to the 1st team All-Conference team with senior middle hitter Sha Sha Buchanan of McGill-Toolen and junior outside hitter Megan Haber of Lillian, Ala., earning the honor. Buchanan had 330 kills this year to go with her 1231 career kills and 449 total career blocks. Haber had 391 kills in 2013 and has recorded 1054 kills with 338 total blocks in her three-year career.
Freshman outside hitter Molly Griffin of Westlake Village, Calif., earned a slot on both the 2nd team All-Conference and the All-Freshman team with a debut season that saw her collect 254 kills and 43 total blocks in 106 sets.
Sophomore opposite side hitter Sami Hantak of St. Louis, Mo., also was named 2nd team All-Conference with 184 kills and 60 total blocks in 95 games played.
Outside hitter Madison Seuzeneau of Tampa, Fla., was named to the All-Freshman team after a year in which she played in 103 sets with 246 kills, 21 blocks and 49 digs.