Klein selected to Big South All-Academic Team; Bates earns All-Freshman Team honors

Klein selected to Big South All-Academic Team; Bates earns All-Freshman Team honors

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charleston Southern senior middle blocker Kylie Klein was named to the 2017 Big South All-Academic Team and freshman middle blocker Kalysia Bates was selected to the All-Freshman Team, as announced by the Big South Conference on Wednesday.

Klein has posted a 3.98 GPA in the classroom while pursuing a degree in Graphic Design. It's the second consecutive season she was named to the All-Academic Team after earning 2016 Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.

The Highlands Ranch, Colo. native led CSU this season with 2.15 kills per set and was second on the team with 0.85 blocks per set. Klein was seventh in the Big South this season with a .282 hitting percentage. She finished her four-year career ranked fourth all-time at CSU with 415 career blocks.

Bates led the Big South with 1.05 blocks per set and was second in the league in total blocks (102). The Phenix City, Ala. native twice earned Big South Freshman of the Week honors on Sep. 18 and Oct. 2. Bates had a career-high 18 kills and ten blocks in a five set match with Jacksonville St. on Sep. 16.

Bates finished the season third at CSU with 2.09 kills per set and 203 total kills. She had 518 total attacks and a .208 hitting percentage.

Radford senior Maddie Palmer was voted the 2017 Big South Volleyball Player of the Year by the conference's head coaches. High Point freshman Abby Bottomley was tabbed Freshman of the Year, while High Point's Tom Mendoza was voted Coach of the Year. In addition, the Big South's sports information directors voted High Point senior Haley Barnes as the volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

2017 Big South Conference Volleyball Award Winners

First-Team All-Conference

Maddie Palmer, OH, Sr., Radford

Molly Livingston, MB, Jr, High Point

Haley Barnes, OH, Sr., High Point

Abby Bottomley, LIB, High Point

Cara Guthrie, OH, Jr., UNC Asheville

Anna Gragg, MB, Soph., Liberty

Allena Heath, OH, Soph., Campbell

 

Second-Team All-Conference

Haley Kleespies, S, Jr., Radford

Casey Goodwin, OH, Soph., Liberty

Katie Tylman, RS, Jr., High Point

Summer Schuitema, S, Sr., Campbell

Stephanie Neast, OPP, Soph., Radford

Keaupono Fey, MB, Sr., Winthrop

Kayla Schanback, LIB, Sr., Campbell

 

Honorable Mention All-Conference

Jessica Stocking, OH, Jr., Campbell

Phoebe Wu, OH, Jr., Winthrop

Jordan Hefner, MB, Jr., High Point

Valerie Gonzalez, OH, Jr., Radford

Siani Yamaguchi, S, Soph., Winthrop

 

All-Freshman Team

Abby Bottomley, LIB, High Point

Amaya Williams, S, Liberty

Katie Doering, RS, High Point

Ava Venema, MB, UNC Asheville

Hannah Schneggenburger, MB, Campbell

Kalysia Bates, MB, Charleston Southern

Allie Wright, MH, Presbyterian College

 

All-Academic Team

Summer Schuitema, S, Sr., Campbell

Kylie Klein, MB, Sr., Charleston Southern

Amanda Sahm, S, Jr., Gardner-Webb

Haley Barnes, OH, Sr., High Point

Anna Willey, S, Gr., Liberty

Ashton Stewart, MB, Sr., Presbyterian

Kaylor Nash, DS/L, Sr., Radford

Carter Kennedy, S, Soph., UNC Asheville

Carlie Skelton, DS, Jr., Winthrop

 

Player of the Year

Maddie Palmer, OH, Sr., Radford

 

Freshman of the Year

Abby Bottomley, LIB, High Point

 

Coach of the Year

Tom Mendoza, High Point

 

Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Haley Barnes, OH, Sr., High Point

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