Big South Announces Volleyball All-Decade Teams

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) – As part of the Big South’s 30th Anniversary celebration in 2013-14, the Conference is announcing its first-ever All-Decade Teams to recognize the student-athletes and coaches who excelled in their respective sport since the Conference’s founding in 1983.  A committee of Big South Conference administrators served as the official voting panel to determine the All-Decade Teams, with fan voting comprising 20 percent of the overall total.

Below are the All-Decade Teams for Volleyball for the years 1986-89, 1990-99 and 2000-09.  Volleyball became a Conference sport in 1986, and each team features seven players and one head coach.  In case of ties, additional honorees are included.

1986-89 VOLLEYBALL ALL-DECADE TEAM
Name, School (Notes)

Angela Cunningham, Charleston Southern (3-time All-Conference)
Gretchen Foster, Radford (2-time All-Conference)
Laura Higgins, Radford (Player of the Year, Big South Tournament MVP)
Patricia Hinson, Charleston Southern (Player of the Year)
Lisa Mullins, Winthrop (Player of the Year, 2-time Big South Tournament MVP, 3-time All-Conference)
Laurel Tanner, Radford (Player of the Year)
Ann Thomas, Charleston Southern (Big South Tournament MVP, 2-time All-Conference)
Head Coach, School (Notes)
Amir Khaldei, Charleston Southern (3 Championships [1986-88-89], 13-5 Big South, 55-33 overall)

1990-99 VOLLEYBALL ALL-DECADE TEAM
Name, School (Notes)
Anthonia Akpama, Liberty (Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Big South Tournament MVP, 4-time All-Conference, Big South Hall of Fame member)
Lisa Cline, UMBC (Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Big South Tournament MVP, 3-time All-Conference)
Kyrie Dorn, Liberty (Player of the Year, 3-time All-Conference)
Ilona Fekete, UNC Asheville (Player of the Year, 3-time All-Conference, Big South Hall of Fame member)
Liz Gremillion, UNC Greensboro (Player of the Year, Big South Tournament MVP, 2-time All-Conference)
Kelly O’Brien, UMBC (2-time Player of the Year, 2-time All-Conference)
Carrie O’Connell, Charleston Southern (4-time All-Conference)
Kimberly Osborne, UNC Asheville (Rookie of the Year, 4-time All-Conference)
Lorelee Smith, UNC Asheville (3-time All-Conference)
Head Coach, School (Notes)
Chris Fletcher Phillips, Liberty (2 Championships [1997-99], 2 NCAA Tournaments, 1 Coach of the Year award, 42-31 Big South, 123-115 overall)
Lisa Rhodes, UNC Asheville (2 Championships [1991-92], 1 NIVT appearance, 31-7 Big South, 97-77 overall)

2000-09 VOLLEYBALL ALL-DECADE TEAM
Name, School (Notes)

Kallie Corbin, Liberty (All-American, Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, 2-time Big South Tournament MVP, 4-time All-Conference)
Jennifer Hampton, Coastal Carolina (Rookie of the Year, 4-time All-Conference)
Amanda Hill, Charleston Southern (Player of the Year, 4-time All-Conference)
Mary Hock, Winthrop (All-American, Player of the Year, Tournament MVP, 3-time All-Conference)
Raquel Miotto, UNC Asheville (4-time All-Conference)
Katie Sherwood, Radford (2-time Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Tournament MVP, 3-time All-Conference)
Shannon Sitzmann, Winthrop (Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, 4-time All-Conference)
Taryn Surbaugh, Winthrop (Player of the Year, Big South Tournament MVP, 3-time All-Conference)
Head Coach, School (Notes)
Joel McCartney, Winthrop (5 Championships [2002-03-04-05-06], 5 NCAA Tournaments, 2-time Coach of the Year, 74-10 Big South, 167-49 overall

Volleyball All-Decade Team candidates were determined based on being at least one of the following: 1) Was a multiple All-Conference honoree; 2) Was named an All-American; 3) Is a member of the Big South Conference Hall of Fame; 4) Student-athletes must be a college graduate or left their respective institution in good academic standing; 5) Won a Conference Championship as a coach and/or was voted Conference Coach of the Year; and 6) Players of the Year, Tournament MVPs and First-Team All-Conference honorees were among the candidate pool for the 1986-89 All-Decade Teams.  Candidates that participated in two different decades were placed in a specific decade based on consultation from member institutions.  Member institutions also had final determination in regards to inclusion of student-athletes and coaches.

Founded August 21, 1983 by Charleston Southern (then Baptist College) Athletic Director Howard Bagwell and Augusta College President George Christenberry, the Big South Conference has matured into a competitive leader in college athletics while intentionally fostering the academic, personal, social, athletic and leadership development of its student-athletes.  The League’s growing presence as an NCAA Division I athletic conference is evident by athletic accomplishments on the national stage, innovative marketing and media partnerships, increased television packages and quality athletic competition.  .  Comprised of 12 member institutions throughout the Southeast -- Campbell University, Charleston Southern University, Coastal Carolina University, Gardner-Webb University, High Point University, Liberty University, Longwood University, Presbyterian College, Radford University, UNC Asheville, Virginia Military Institute and Winthrop University -- the Big South Conference’s institutions have a remarkable history of achievement and continues to succeed on the field and in the classroom through the League’s 19 championship sports.  The Big South Conference: Developing Leaders Through Athletics.