MEAC Announces All-MEAC Volleyball Honors

Courtesy: MEAC Media Relations
          Release: 11/15/2012
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Courtesy: MEAC Media Relations
South Carolina State junior Desire Waller was named 2012 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Player of the Year, the conference announced on Thursday.

North Carolina Central's Christine Anthony earned Rookie of the Year honors while Florida A&M  head coach Tony Trifonov was named Coach of the Year. All honors were voted on by the MEAC's head volleyball coaches and sports information directors.

Waller, the reigning MEAC Volleyball Player of the Year, led the MEAC with 4.91 kills per set during her junior season. The junior ranked among the top ten in the conference in hitting percentage (.250), points (406), points per set (5.49), and kills (363).  She concluded the regular season with eight 20-plus kill performances including a MEAC season-high 31 kills in a conference win over North Carolina Central. She added seven double-doubles on the season.

Anthony recorded 31 service aces, 233 digs, and 357 kills during her rookie season. She ranked among the top five in the conference in kills per set (3.68) and points per set (4.25). Anthony led the Lady Eagles' in hitting percentage (.215), kills, points (412), and digs per set (2.40).

Under the tutelage of Trifonov, the Lady Rattlers recorded an unblemished 10-0 mark in MEAC southern divisional play and 12-10 record overall. In his 16th year at the helm, Florida A&M led the MEAC in kills per set (12.74), digs per set (14.00) and was among the top five in the conference in hitting percentage and assists. This is the fifth time that Trifonov has earned Coach of the Year accolades.

Joining Waller and Anthony on the 2012 All-MEAC First Team is Hampton's Krista Kraskura, Maryland Eastern Shore's Ndidi Ibe and Jessica Vicic.  Ashley Johnson of North Carolina A&T rounds out the first-team honorees.

The MEAC Volleyball Championship tournament begins on Friday, November 16 at 10 a.m. The competition continues on Saturday with the semi-final matches scheduled at noon and 3:30 p.m.

The volleyball championship tournament will conclude on Sunday beginning at noon and will be video-streamed live, for free, on MEACsports.com.  

           

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