Jan 1, 2014, 12:06 PM EDT
CAA Championship Recap/All-Conference Honors: Top seed and conference newcomer College of Charleston outlasted second-seeded Northeastern (3-1) in the title match of the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Volleyball Championship on Saturday at the North Charleston Convention Center in North Charleston, S.C. The Cougars earn the league’s automatic bid and will represent the CAA in the NCAA Tournament.
College of Charleston took the match by set scores of 27-25, 27-25, 19-25, 25-23 and improved to 25-5 on the year. Northeastern, which was the only team in the CAA to defeat the Cougars in league regular season play, fell just short in its bid for the school’s first CAA volleyball crown. The Huskies finished the season at 19-11.
Tournament Most Outstanding Player Darcy Dorton led the CofC charge with a team-high 19 kills and also had 13 digs. Junior Sloane White and sophomore Melissa Morello each notched double-doubles, with White registering 15 kills and 10 digs and Morello providing 13 kills and 14 digs. The Cougars amazingly played in their 13th straight conference title match (dating back to their time in the SoCon).
NU’s Kelly Bacon recorded her second straight double-double of the weekend, leading all players with 20 kills while chipping in 16 digs in the final match of her illustrious career. CAA Rookie of the Year Jamie Bredahl tallied 13 kills, 23 assists and six digs, while senior Nichole Kurz finished with 12 kills in defeat.
CAA QUICK HITS:
College of Charleston, the 2013 CAA volleyball champions, ended its historic inaugural CAA campaign in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Dec. 6. The Cougars fell to the ACC champion Duke Blue Devils, 3-1, at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Cougars made their second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament this past season, and eighth in the last 13 years.
CofC has now impressively won 13 straight conference regular season or tournament titles (dating back to its time in the Southern Conference), the second-longest streak in Division I.
Hofstra captured the 2012 CAA Volleyball title and advanced to the NCAA tournament before falling to Florida State (3-0) — also the ACC Champions — in the first round.
Northeastern was the only league squad to defeat CofC during the 2013 season, downing the Cougars on the road (3-2), and on Senior Day nonetheless.
It was an exciting weekend of CAA volleyball Championship action in North Charleston, S.C., from Nov. 22-24, as the hosts and top-seeded CofC Cougars defeated second-seeded Northeastern (3-1) in the title match to win the crown and automatic NCAA tournament bid.
The title match featured 47 ties and 19 lead changes as three different sets were decided by two points.
Prior to the start of the championship, the CAA announced its All-CAA squads and major award winners. A banquet was held on the U.S.S. Yorktown naval aircraft carrier in Mount Pleasant, S.C. CofC senior Darcy Dorton headlined the group after being named Player of the Year, while Cougars’ head coach Jason Kepner earned Coach of the Year honors and Cougars’ redshirt junior Kallie McKown was named Setter of the Year. Also receiving recognition was Northeastern’s Natalia Skiba (Defensive Specialist of the Year) and fellow Husky Jamie Bredahl (Rookie of the Year).
CofC Draws 16th-Seeded Duke In NCAA Tournament: College of Charleston, the 2013 CAA volleyball champions, travels to Duke University for the first round of the NCAA Volleyball Tournament. The Cougars and Blue Devils will face off on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Cameron Indoor Stadium. CofC (25-5) squares off versus the ACC Champion Blue Devils (27-4) in the first round of the tournament, while Georgia (22-9) faces American (32-2) in the other side of the quadrant. Charleston was selected as the four seed in the grouping, while Duke is the 16th national seed, the lowest-seeded host in the tournament.
Four Honored By AVCA: College of Charleston redshirt senior Darcy Dorton and Northeastern junior Natalia Skiba were honored Tuesday by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as first-team All-East Coast and All-East Region members, respectively. Both Dorton and Skiba were first-team All-CAA members and major award winners for the league as well. Dorton finished her impressive career being named the 2013 CAA volleyball Player of the Year, while Skiba was tabbed Defensive Specialist of the Year. The CAA was also well represented by a pair of All-Region Honorable Mention team members in CofC junior right side hitter Sloane White and James Madison junior middle blocker Lizzy Briones.
Dorton, Skiba Tabbed Honorable Mention All-Americans: CofC’s Darcy Dorton and NU’s Natalia Skiba were once again honored in postseason recognition, as each player was named to the 2013 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Honorable Mention All-America Team. Skiba is just the second Husky in program history to earn an honorable mention All-American honors, while Dorton became the first two-time Cougar All-American.
Upperclassmen Headline 2013 All-CAA First-Team: The 2013 All-CAA first-team is riddled with a number of talented upperclassmen. CofC led the way with two members on the squad, 2013 Player of the Year senior Darcy Dorton and junior Sloane White. Both led the Cougars in kills and kills per set. Hofstra junior Kelsie Wills, who led the CAA in kills and kills per set, was joined by fellow junior Lizzy Briones of JMU, who ranked second in the CAA in blocks. NU senior Kelly Bacon, the 2012 Player of the Year, ranked third in the CAA in points per set and was followed by UNCW stud Christi Laite, who became the first Seahawk to earn first-team recognition since 1993.
NU’s Bredahl Among Top D-I Freshmen: Northeastern freshman Jamie Bredahl shined in her first season for the Huskies. Bredahl did not miss an entire set in 2013, helped the Huskies reach the CAA title match, and was named CAA Rookie of the Year. She also became the third NU player in the last four years to take home the league’s top first-year honor. Impressively, the Parker, Colo., native finished fourth in all of Division I with 17 double-doubles this past season and ranked first in triple-doubles with seven over 28 matches played.
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