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MEAC ANNOUNCES 2016 VOLLEYBALL ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS

Courtesy: MEAC Media Relations
          Release: 11/16/2016
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NORFOLK, Va.– Howard junior Khaila Donaldson was named the 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Player of t he Year, the conference announced today.

Bethune-Cookman’s Alana Handy and Florida A&M’s Nicole Abreu earned Co-Rookie of the Year honors, while Howard head coach Shaun Kupferberg was selected the Coach of the Year. All honors were voted on by the MEAC’s head volleyball coaches and sports information directors.

Donaldson leads the MEAC in kills per set (3.99) and points per set (4.65). She registered 10 double-doubles in kills and digs this season. Donaldson, who ranks 37th nationally in points and 40th in points per set, posted a season-best 24 kills in a conference match against Maryland Eastern Shore and became the school’s all-time career leader in kills (1,189). She earned the MEAC Player of the Week honor four times.

Handy ranks fifth in kills per set (3.34) and seventh in points per set (3.52). A three-time MEAC Rookie of the Week honoree, Handy recorded 10 double-doubles in kills and digs. Also, she registered a season-high 27 kills against Florida A&M and 19 digs against McNeese State.

Abreu ranks sixth in kills per set (3.22), sixth in points per set (3.61) and seventh in hitting percentage (.260). She registered nine double-doubles in kills and digs. Abreu posted a season-high 22 kills against North Florida and 22 digs versus Bethune-Cookman. She was named the MEAC Player of the Week on Sept. 26 and MEAC Rookie of the Week on Oct. 10.

Under the helm of Kupferberg, the Bison posted a 12-0 MEAC record and a 23-5 overall mark. In his fifth season, he guided Howard to a back-to-back northern divisional title and its first MEAC undefeated record since 1994 (8-0). Nationally, the Bison are first in opponent hitting percentage (0.124). Howard ranks first in the MEAC in hitting percentage (.233), opponent hitting percentage (.124), assists per set (11.63), kills per set (12.66) and blocks per set (2.11).

Joining Donaldson on the 2016 All-MEAC First Team are teammates Tamia Dockery and Morgan Marlbrough, Phylecia Armstrong (B-CU), Maria Yvette Garcia (FAMU), Ginna Lopez-Chavez (FAMU) and Samara Brown (NCAT).

The 2016 MEAC Volleyball Tournament begins Friday, November 18 at 10 a.m. in Princess Anne, Md. The competition continues on Saturday with the semifinal matches scheduled at noon and 3:30 p.m.

The volleyball championship tournament will conclude on Sunday, November 20, beginning at noon and will telecast live on ESPNU/ESPN3.

For more information on the 2016 MEAC Volleyball Championship and for complete results, log on to www.MEACsports.com

 

 

2016 All-MEAC Volleyball Teams
As voted on by the MEAC’s head volleyball coaches and sports information directors
 
Player of the Year: Khaila Donaldson
Co-Rookie of the Year: Alana Handy, Bethune-Cookman
Co-Rookie of the Year: Nicole Abreu, Florida A&M
Coach of the Year: Shaun Kupferberg, Howard
 
First Team

Name

Pos.

Cl.

School

Hometown

Phylecia Armstrong

MB

r-Sr.

Bethune-Cookman

Tacariqua, Trinidad & Tobago

Ginna Lopez-Chavez

MB

Sr.

Florida A&M

Lima, Peru

Maria Yvette Garcia

OH

Fr.

Florida A&M

Santo Domingo, D.R.

Khaila Donaldson

OH

Jr.

Howard

Vernon Hills, Ill.

Tamia Dockery

S

So.

Howard

Richmond, Texas

Morgan Marlbrough

L

Sr.

Howard

Mandeville, La.

Samara Brown

OH

Jr.

North Carolina A&T State

Raleigh, N.C.

 
Second Team

Name

Pos.

Cl.

School

Hometown

Alana Handy

OH

Fr.

Bethune-Cookman

Burlington, Wash.

Rakaya Neely

MB

Jr.

Bethune-Cookman

Lake Wales, Fla.

Nicole Abreu

OH

Fr.

Florida A&M

Lima, Peru

Valentina Carrasco

L

So.

Florida A&M

Lima, Peru

Lucia Babic

OH

So.

Maryland Eastern Shore

Sisak, Croatia

Ivana Blazevic

S

Fr.

Maryland Eastern Shore

Zagreb, Croatia

Jessica Johnson

OH

Sr.

Norfolk State

Land O’Lakes, Fla.

 
Rookie Team

Name

Pos.

Cl.

School

Hometown

Alana Handy

OH

Fr.

Bethune-Cookman

Burlington, Wash.

Nicole Abreu

OH

Fr.

Florida A&M

Lima, Peru

Elena Dimitrova

S

Fr.

Florida A&M

Sofia, Bulgaria

Maria Yvette Garcia

OH

Fr.

Florida A&M

Santo Domingo, D.R.

Micah Leavell

MB

Fr.

Hampton

Muncie, Ind.

Ivana Blazevic

S

Fr.

Maryland Eastern Shore

Zagreb, Croatia

Iva Vujosevic

OH

Fr.

Maryland Eastern Shore

Bar, Montenegro

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