JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 17, 2014) – The ETSU volleyball team put the finishing touches on its 2013 championship season by holding its sixth annual team banquet last Friday night inside Brooks Gym.
The Bucs, who posted their second straight 20-plus win season, won the Atlantic Sun regular season championship after posting a program-best 16 conference wins. As a team, the Blue and Gold registered a pair of nine-match winning streaks and defeated in-state rival Tennessee for the first time in nearly 35 years. ETSU ranked in the top-50 nationally in blocks per set (19th, 2.77), hitting percentage (45th, .247) and winning percentage (.710, 47th).
Along with celebrating its championship season, head coach Lindsey Devine and her staff announced the 2013-14 Buccaneer awards with family and friends on hand at the banquet. The awards given out last Friday were the Athletic MVP, Defensive MVP, Academic MVP, Coaches Award, Spring Spotlight, Buc Heart Award, and Buccaneer Leadership Award.
Senior Megan Devine (Kingsport, Tenn.), who was named First Team All Atlantic Sun, A-Sun All-Academic, A-Sun All-Tournament Team, and AVCA Honorable All-America back in the fall, received the Athletic MVP and Buc Heart Award. Devine broke the ETSU and A-Sun all-time record for kills by finishing with 1,940, and also ranked nationally in kills per set (14th, 4.49) and points per set (17th, 4.97) in 2013.
Meredith Hardy (Kingsport, Tenn.) also etched her name into the A-Sun and ETSU record books, and received ETSU Defensive MVP and shared Academic MVP honors this season. Hardy was named A-Sun Scholar-Athlete of the Year and landed First Team All A-Sun accolades this past season. In three seasons, the Kingsport, Tenn. native broke the A-Sun all-time blocks record (474), as well as setting a new ETSU mark for block assists (404). Hardy, who has recorded at least one block in 91 straight matches, ranked 10th in blocks per set (1.52) this past season.
Hardy shared the Academic MVP honor with Ivey Rice (Johnson City, Tenn.). Rice is a three-time A-Sun All-Academic member and was placed on the A-Sun All-Academic Team in 2012. The Buccaneer junior totaled double-digit kills 17 times in 2013 and recorded seven double-doubles.
Juniors Katie Muey (Alexandria, Ind.) and Bethany Gesell (High Point, N.C.) both received Spring Spotlight honors, while Jamie Rutledge (Kingsport, Tenn.) took home the Buccaneer Leadership Award. Muey was named Second Team All A-Sun in the fall, while Rutledge ranked 52nd nationally in assists per set (10.79). Rounding out the awards was sophomore Jessica Schafer (Dekalb, Ill.) as she received the Coaches Award.
Below is a breakdown of the awards:
Meredith Hardy – Defensive MVP and Academic MVP
Ivey Rice – Academic MVP
Jessica Schafer – Coaches Award
Katie Muey and Bethany Gessel – Spring Spotlight
Jamie Rutledge – Buccaneer Leadership Award
Megan Devine – Athletic MVP and Buc Heart Award
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