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Courtesy: SWAC.org

SWAC Announces 2017 Volleyball Honors

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 11/15/2017
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced the 2017 All-SWAC Volleyball Teams Wednesday with Alabama State's Ni'yesha Brown and Kori Kutsch, Alabama A&M's Meredith Sieck, Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Lisa Casimie and Prairie View A&M's Christen Augustine collecting individual honors. The teams and individual accolades were voted on by the league’s coaches and sports information directors.

Brown earned Player of the Year honors, and Kutsch was named Setter of the Year. Augustine took home Libero of the Year honors, and Casimie was tabbed as the conference's Newcomer of the Year. Sieck collected the Freshman of the Year award

Brown, a First Team outside hitter for the second-straight season, tops the conference with 410 total kills on a .217 attack percentage. The 2016 Newcomer of the Year also leads the league with 472.5 total points and ranks second in service aces with 40. The senior ranks in the top 40 nationally in total points, and is responsible for the top three single-game kill outputs by a SWAC player this season.

On her way to a First Team selection, Kutsch paced the top-seeded regular season champion Lady Hornets with 778 assists in 123 sets, third-best in the SWAC. The Torrance, Calif. native was fourth in the league in assists per set (6.08), sent out 35 service aces -- seventh-best in the league -- and posted 240 digs. A four-time winner of the Setter of the Week award this season, Kutsch recorded double-digit assist totals in all but one match for the Lady Hornets this season, including a season-best 44 helpers versus Texas Southern on Sept. 24. This marks the second-straight year a Lady Hornet has won Setter of the Year (Justus Tuiolosega, 2016).

Prairie View A&M's Augustine led the conference in digs per set at 4.47, accumulated 398 digs in 89 sets played -- good for sixth-best in the conference. The Humble, Texas native chipped in 63 assists and in terms of conference play was tops among all liberos in digs (319) and digs per set (4.69). The junior is also a one-time defensive player of the week winner (Nov. 1) and a First-Team choice at defensive specialist.

Casimie currently ranks second in the SWAC in kills per set (2.94), having put away 265 of them -- good for a top-10 ranking amongst all players in total kills -- in aiding Arkansas-Pine Bluff to the No. 4 standing in the conference. In addition, the junior transfer put up 133 digs, 55 total blocks, and 21 service aces. The 5-foot-11 frontliner put away a personal-best 21 kills versus Prairie View A&M on Nov. 6, and had 14 matches with at least 10 kills as she earned three weekly honors (two-time Newcomer of the Week on Oct. 11 and Nov. 8, one-time Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 8) during the 2017 campaign.

Sieck led the conference in assists (881) and assists per set (8.31). Sieck posted three of the five-best single-game assist efforts by any league player this season and cracked the 50-assist plateau twice during the year. Sieck earned two Newcomer of the Week honors (Sept. 27, Oct. 4) and one Setter of the Week honor (Sept. 27).

Alabama State led all teams with five total honorees. Grambling State and Texas Southern earned two All-SWAC nods each, and Alabama A&M, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Prairie View A&M each landed one selection. The entire 2017 All-SWAC Volleyball Teams and award winners are listed below.

2017 Player of the Year

 

Ni'yesha Brown

Alabama State

2017 Setter of the Year

 

Kori Kutsch

Alabama State

2017 Libero of the Year

 

Christen Augustine

Prairie View A&M

2017 Newcomer of the Year

 

Lisa Casimie

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

2017 Freshman of the Year

 

Meredith Sieck

Alabama A&M

First Team

Outside Hitter

 

Ni'yesha Brown

Alabama State

Kevreion Ward

Grambling State

Middle Hitter/Middle Blocker

 

Briana Dorsey

Alabama State

Kirby Anderson

Texas Southern

Defensive Specialist

 

Christen Augustine

Prairie View A&M

Setter

 

Kori Kutsch

Alabama State

Second Team

Outside Hitter

 

Lisa Casimie

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Bayle' Bennett

Alabama State

Middle Hitter/Middle Blocker

 

Syretha Pride

Alabama A&M

Payten Clark

Alabama State

Defensive Specialist

 

Erineka Mollere

Grambling State

Setter

 

Asia Howard

Texas Southern

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