SPARTANBURG, S.C. (November 22, 2002) - East Tennessee State University's Nicole Ryan was named Southern Conference Freshman of the Year as voted upon by the SoCon head coaches.
The freshman from Etiwanda, California was second in the SoCon in kills per game averaging 4.03 with 468 total kills on the season. Ryan started all 116 games this season and led the Buccaneers in total kills (468), kills per game (4.03), attempts (1291) and attacking percentage (.220).
Georgia Southern outside hitter Martina Veiglova earned SoCon Player of the Year honors, while Eagles head coach Kerry Messersmith earned Coach of the Year.
ETSU will face College of Charleston today at 4:30 p.m. in the first round of the Southern Conference tournament in Davidson, N.C. Charleston, who finished second in the SoCon this season, defeated the Buccaneers in both meetings earlier this year.
OH - Stephanie Ballard College of Charleston
S - Mary Sabatino College of Charleston
MB - Roberta Quis Davidson
RSH - Abby Simon Furman
OH - Martina Veiglova Georgia Southern
Lib - Megan Lippi Georgia Southern
MB - Sara Komosinski Western Carolina
OH - Tara Greene College of Charleston
MB - Alisa Long College of Charleston
Lib - Sara Davis College of Charleston
OH - Kari Krouse Chattanooga
MB - Latisha Chapman Davidson
MB - Laura Bush Furman
MB - Lauren McClain Georgia Southern
Player of the Year - Martina Veiglova
Freshman of the Year - Nicole Ryan
East Tennessee State
Coach of the Year - Kerry Messersmith Georgia Southern