Press Release courtesy of ACC
Miami senior outside hitter Olga Strantzali has been selected as the 2017 ACC Player of the Year, and highlights the All-ACC Volleyball Team, announced Monday. The awards were decided based on a vote of the league’s 15 head coaches, who could not vote for their own student-athletes.
A lot of great news for the Canes today!
Congratulations to Olga Strantzali on being named ACC Player of the Year and to Haley Templeton on being selected First Team All-ACC! pic.twitter.com/vxWv4oGWEV
— Canes Volleyball (@CanesVB) November 27, 2017
ACC Co-Champion Louisville took home two major awards, as junior libero Molly Sauer was named Defensive Player of the Year, and junior setter Wilma Rivera earned Setter of the Year honors.
Taryn Knuth, Florida State’s middle blocker, was named Freshman of the Year. Coach of the Year honors went to ACC Co-Champion Pitt’s Dan Fisher.
Strantzali averaged 4.56 kills per set, and 5.28 points per set, both the best marks in the conference. The Thessaloniki, Greece, native racked up 465 kills, which ranked second in the ACC. Strantzali is the first Player of the Year from Miami since Savanah Leaf earned the honor in 2014.
Sauer claimed her second Defensive Player of the Year award, having first earned the honor as a true freshman in 2015. The Louisville, Kentucky, native tallied 456 digs on the year, averaging 4.11 per set.
Rivera is the second Cardinal in the last three years to be named Setter of the Year, after Katie George received the honor in 2015. The Carolina, Puerto Rico, native recorded 1,183 assists on the year, which ranked third in the league, and averaged 10.60 assists per set.
Knuth is the first Seminole to be selected as Freshman of the year since Cassie McLaughlin in 2003. The rookie middle blocker from Johnston, Iowa, averaged 1.50 blocks per set, the best mark in the ACC. Knuth’s 158 total blocks ranks second in the league, behind only senior Sam Fry of Notre Dame.
Fisher led Pitt to an 18-2 mark in the ACC, a 25-6 overall record, and its first ACC Co-Championship in program history. In his fifth year at the helm of the Panthers, Fisher has guided Pitt to its second-straight NCAA Tournament bid, and has seen five players named to the 2017 All-ACC Team.
Fourteen different schools are represented on the All-ACC Team, led by Louisville with six selections. Five student-athletes were recognized from NC State and Pitt, followed by three from Duke and Notre Dame, two from Florida State, Miami, North Carolina, Syracuse and Virginia Tech, and one each from Clemson, Georgia Tech, Virginia and Wake Forest.
An ACC-record six teams earned berths in the 2017 NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship: Florida State, Louisville, Miami, NC State, Notre Dame and Pitt. The first round of play is set for Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
2017 ACC Volleyball Individual Awards
Player of the Year: Olga Strantzali, Sr., OH, Miami
Defensive Player of the Year: Molly Sauer, Jr., L, Louisville
Setter of the Year: Wilma Rivera, Jr., S, Louisville
Freshman of the Year: Taryn Knuth, MB, Florida State
Coach of the Year: Dan Fisher, Pittsburgh
2017 All-ACC Volleyball First Team
*Olga Strantzali#, Sr., OH, Miami
*Nika Markovic!, So., RS, Pittsburgh
Julia Brown!, Sr., OH, NC State
Wilma Rivera, Jr., S, Louisville
Santita Ebangwese!, Jr., MB, Syracuse
Melanie McHenry, So, OH, Louisville
Milica Kubura@, Sr., RS, Florida State
Gabriela Stavnetchei, Sr., OH, Georgia Tech
Haley Templeton#, Sr., S, Miami
Kamalani Akeo!, Jr., S, Pittsburgh
Stephanie Williams!, So., OH, Pittsburgh
Kylie Pickrell, Jr., S, NC State
Beth Nordhorn, Sr., MH, North Carolina
Ryann DeJarld!, Jr., L, Notre Dame
2017 All-ACC Volleyball Second Team
Samantha Fry@, Sr., MH, Notre Dame
Taylor Leath!, Jr., OH, North Carolina
Jemma Yeadon!, So., OH, Notre Dame
Molly Sauer#, Jr., L, Louisville
Taryn Knuth, Fr., MB, Florida State
Cadie Bates, Sr., OH, Duke
Jaila Tolbert!, Jr., OPP, Virginia Tech
Kylie Long!, Sr., OH, Wake Forest
Kaitlyn Kearney!, Sr., MB, NC State
Tess Clark@, Sr., OH, Louisville
Bree Bailey, Gr., OH, NC State
Maggie DeJong!, Sr., MB, Louisville
Jasmine Bennett, Jr., MB, Louisville
Kaylin Korte, So, OH, Clemson
2017 ACC All-Freshmen Team
Taryn Knuth, MB, Florida State
Kayla Lund, OH, Pittsburgh
Chinaza Ndee, MH, Pittsburgh
Payton Schwantz, OH, Duke
Ella Saada, OH, Syracuse
Kaity Smith, OH, Virginia Tech
Melissa Evans, OPP, NC State
Summer Brown, MB, Duke
Sarah Billiard, OH, Virginia
@ – Four-time selection
# – Three-time selection
! – Two-time selection
* – Unanimous selection