Big South Announces Annual Volleyball Awards

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - Winthrop middle hitter Becca Toor and Radford head coach Marci Jenkins were voted the 2011 Big South Volleyball Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively, by the League's head coaches, the Conference announced today.  Radford's Emma Deininger was named Freshman of the Year, while Gardner-Webb's Evan Moffitt was voted Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the sports information directors.

Toor, a senior from Rotonda West, Fla., led the League with a .365 average at the net and currently ranks No. 2 in the Big South with 3.52 kills per set.  She posted a Big South-high five matches with 20 or more kills as she found the floor for a season-best 26 kills against Charleston Southern on Sept. 26.  She posted double-digit kills in 20 of her 26 matches this season, finishing the year with 356 total kills to rank No. 2 in the Conference.  In Conference-only matches, Toor topped the Big South with 3.84 kills per set as she connected on a League-best 39.9 percent of her attacks.  During the 2011 season, she became the only player in Big South history to be named its Player of the Week five times in a season.  She was a unanimous selection as she finished with 126 points in the voting, ahead of Liberty's Loren Thomas, who picked up 97 points.

Deininger, a middle blocker from Wallingford, Pa., was tabbed the Big South's Freshman of the Week a League-best four times during the 2011 campaign.  She posted 12 matches with 10 or more kills and finished the regular-season ranked No. 3 in the Big South with a .297 attack percentage.  Her 0.98 blocks per set was good for No. 4 in the League as her 104 total blocks ranked her No. 3.  In Conference-only matches, Deininger ranked No. 4 with 1.04 blocks per set and her 59 total rejections was good for No. 3.  She posted a season-best eight blocks three times during the season and was selected to the Radford and Miami All-Tournament teams.  Deininger recorded four top bids and 48 total points from the panel.  Teammate Rachel Brummitt was second in the voting with four first-place votes and 44 points.

Under Jenkins' leadership, the Highlanders went from No. 7 in the standings a season-ago to the No. 3 seed in the 2011 Big South Volleyball Championship.  Radford closed out the 2011 regular-season on a season-high four-match win streak that included a win over UNC Asheville to cement their spot in the standings.  Radford's 15 wins marks the most by a Highlander squad since the 2001 season.  Radford's No. 3 seed is also its highest seed since it was the No. 1 seed in 2001 tournament.  Radford has posted double-digit wins in each of the last three seasons after posting seven seasons (2002-08) in the single digits.  Jenkins collected four No. 1 votes for 18 points, as Liberty's Shane Pinder finished second in the voting with one top bid and 12 points.

Moffitt, a libero from Franklin, N.C., finished the year ranked third in the Big South in total digs with 452 and was fourth in the Conference with 4.19 digs per set.  She also turned in 34 service aces to rank tied for fourth in the Big South.

The 2011 Big South Volleyball Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting begins Thursday, November 17 and concludes on Sunday at the CSU Fieldhouse on the campus of Charleston Southern University.

2011 Big South Conference Volleyball Award Winners

First Team All-Conference
Becca Toor, Winthrop
Loren Thomas, Liberty
Stephanie Palmer, Winthrop
Cindi Miller, UNC Asheville
Lillie Happel, Liberty
Emma Deininger, Radford
Rachel Brummitt, Radford

Second Team All-Conference
Presley Mabrey, Presbyterian College
Courtney Johnk, High Point
Annie Kobeski, Campbell
Anna Moore, UNC Asheville
Jade Craycraft, Liberty
Laura Wilcox, Gardner-Webb
Kelly Haseman, Liberty

All-Freshman Team
Emma Deininger, Radford
Rachel Brummitt, Radford
Ashtin Frank, Presbyterian College
Lian Bernett, Coastal Carolina
Heather Feldman, Gardner-Webb
Kristin Heldt, High Point
Rachel Weichecki, Radford

All-Academic Team
Kelsey Campbell, Campbell
Maggie Murphy, Charleston Southern
Lauren Alejo, Coastal Carolina
Evan Moffitt, Gardner-Webb
Molly Barlow, High Point
Kelly Haseman, Liberty
Andrea Barman, Presbyterian College
Leigh Myers, Radford
Hallie Morse, UNC Asheville
Becca Toor, Winthrop

Player of the Year
Becca Toor, Winthrop

Freshman of the Year
Emma Deininger, Radford

Coach of the Year
Marci Jenkins, Radford

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Evan Moffitt, Gardner-Webb