Martin, Western earn All-Conference honors

Martin, Western earn All-Conference honors

CHARLESTON, S.C. – After making their third Big South tournament over the past four seasons, seniors Madison Martin and Hannah Western were named All-Big South players, as announced Wednesday by the conference office.

Senior libero and co-captain Madison Martin, who enters the weekend as the program's all-time digs leader, was named to the All-Big South second team. Martin was also recently named the Big South Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week after her 54 digs helped lead the Bucs into the Big South Tournament. With a strong showing in the tournament, Martin can become just the sixth player in Big South history with 2,000 career digs

The second team honor is the second All-Conference nod for Martin after she was a first team member following her sophomore season in which she set the program record for single-season digs.

Hannah Western was named to the Big South All-Academic Team after enjoying a career-best year in hitting percentage, blocks, blocks per set and service aces. Western's .240 mark from the floor led the CSU attack as she also showcased her versatility throughout the season and her career while donning a CSU uniform Her senior season made it three-straight with over 170 kills and 200 digs while also shattering her previous hitting percentage and block totals.

The All-Academic honor is the first for Western and marks the fourth-consecutive season at least two Buccaneers received All-Conference honors.

Martin, Western and the Bucs take on third-seeded Winthrop Friday in Big South quarterfinals action from the Justice Center in Asheville, N.C.

2018 Big South Conference Volleyball Award Winners

First-Team All-Conference
Molly Livingston, MB, Sr., High Point
Mallory McKnight, MB, Jr., Radford
Megann Delgado, RS, Jr., Hampton
Stephanie Neast, OPP, Jr., Radford
Cara Guthrie, OH, Sr., UNC Asheville
Siani Yamaguchi, S, Jr., Winthrop
Abby Bottomley, LIB, Soph., High Point

Second-Team All-Conference
Jordan Hefner, MB, Sr., High Point
Sarah Colla, OH, Fr., Campbell
Lily Dempsey, RS, Soph., USC Upstate
Gloria Ikenegbu, MB, Jr., USC Upstate
Julia Borges, RS, Jr., UNC Asheville
Haley Kleespies, S, Sr., Radford
Madison Martin, LIB, Sr., Charleston Southern

Honorable Mention All-Conference
Emily Russell, MB, R-Soph., USC Upstate
Phoebe Wu, OH, Sr., Winthrop
Lourdes Rosario, OH, Sr., Winthrop
Katie Tylman, RS, Sr., High Point
Valerie Gonzalez, OH, Sr., Radford

All-Freshman Team
Sarah Colla, OH, Campbell
Madison Smith, OH, High Point
Erin Cooke, S/RS, Presbyterian
Grace Green, LIB, Radford
Lily Leistiko, MB, Winthrop
Hannah Donaldson, MB, Gardner-Webb
Grace Volk, S, UNC Asheville

All-Academic Team
Madison Linxwiler, MB, Sr., Campbell
Hannah Western, OH, Sr., Charleston Southern
Amanda Sahm, S, Sr., Gardner-Webb
Maja Petronijevic, LIB, Sr., Hampton
Katie Tylman, RS, Sr., High Point
Valerie Gonzalez, RS, Sr., Radford
Carter Kennedy, S, Jr., UNC Asheville
Madison Haake, S., Sr., USC Upstate
Carlie Skelton, DS, Sr., Winthrop

Player of the Year
Molly Livingston, MB, Sr., High Point

Freshman of the Year
Sarah Colla, OH, Campbell

Coach of the Year
Chuck Rey, Winthrop

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Amanda Sahm, S, Sr., Gardner-Webb

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