CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charleston Southern freshman middle blocker Meredith Parrott was recognized to the Big South Conference All-Freshman team, while senior middle blocker Wynter Davis was selected to the All-Academic team as recognized by the conference office at the annual volleyball banquet on Wednesday evening.
Parrott, a freshman from Mobile, Ala., earned CRONS Freshman of the Week honors on October 7th following her 14 kill-eight block performance against Coastal Carolina. She finished her inaugural campaign with the Lady Bucs with seven double-digit kills games, hitting over .400 in eight different matches on season, including a season high .562 in the season finale sweep over Campbell. She also was a force at the net for the Lady Bucs with at least four blocks in six different matches. In Big South Conference play on the season, Parrott hit a team-best .305 from the floor which was the highest hitting percentage in the conference on the season.
Davis, a senior from Omaha, Neb. was recognized on the All-Academic team, posting a 3.625 GPA during her time with the Lady Bucs. Davis led Charleston Southern with 1.08 blocks per set in conference play and had the highest hitting percentage in the team at .274 finishing 10th overall in the conference rankings. During the season, Davis had five matches with double-digit kills, hitting a career-high .727 from the floor against Presbyterian. She also was one of two players to break the single match record with 11 total blocks against USC Upstate during the season.
Charleston Southern continues the 2012 season on the road as the Lady Bucs begin postseason play on Thursday afternoon against top-seed Liberty in the quarterfinals of the Big South Volleyball Championships. First serve between the Lady Bucs and the Lady Flames is set for noon.
Liberty outside hitter Caroline Douglas was voted the 2012 Big South Conference Volleyball Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, while Lady Flames head coach Shane Pinder was selected Coach of the Year by the League's head coaches. In addition, High Point's Molly Barlow and Liberty's Becca Haraf were voted Co-Scholar-Athletes of the Year by the League's sports information directors.
Douglas becomes the first Big South volleyball player in Conference history to be voted both Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. A redshirt-freshman from Greenville, N.C., Douglas was a three-time Big South Freshman of the Week honoree and led the Conference with 404 kills, 3.67 kills per set and ranked sixth with a .292 attack percentage. In Conference play, she put down 213 swings and averaged 4.18 kills. Douglas recorded 24 double-digit kill matches, including two 20-kill matches, and tallied at least 10 kills in 13 of Liberty's 14 Big South matches. She put down a career-high 26 kills in Liberty's win at High Point, tying for the most kills in a Conference match this season.
Pinder is now the Big South's first three-time Volleyball Coach of the Year honoree, as he also won the award in 2007 and 2010. He directed his team to the Big South regular-season championship in 2012 with a 12-2 League mark, the program's sixth consecutive League title, and a 22-7 overall record - the school's Big South-record 12th 20-win season. The Lady Flames won their last seven Big South matches and clinched the No. 1 seed for the fourth time in Pinder's nine years as head coach. Liberty leads the Big South in hitting percentage (.252), kills per set (12.95) and service aces (172). In League matches, the Lady Flames were tops with a .262 hitting mark.
Barlow, a senior defensive specialist from Phoenix, Ariz., is a three-time member of the Big South Presidential Honor Roll. The elementary education major carries a 3.98 GPA and was named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District 3 Team late last week. During the season Barlow became the eighth player in High Point history to record 1,000 career digs.
Haraf, a junior defensive specialist from Arlington Heights, Ill., is a 4.0 student studying biology and pre-medicine. She posted one of the top GPA's among Liberty's athletics teams during her first two seasons at Liberty. Haraf is fourth on the squad with 207 digs and ranks eighth in the Big South with a 0.32 service aces per set.
The volleyball awards presentation opens the 2012 Big South Volleyball Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting, as play begins Thursday, Nov. 15 with four quarterfinal matches. Gardner-Webb is hosting the Championship at Paul Porter Arena.