North Carolina Earns Four AVCA East Coast Region Honors

  0 Carly DeMarque | December 06th, 2016 | ACC, Division I Mid-Major

In the East Coast, Northeast and Midwest Regions, AVCA Regional Players and Coaches have been selected.

In the East Coast Region, five players have earned their second AVCA East Coast Region honor: Janey Goodman (James Madison), Taylor Louis (Marquette), Taylor Treacy (North Carolina), Jordan Tucker (Duke) and Teegan Van Gunst (Georgia Tech). Julia Scoles of North Carolina earned AVCA Freshman of the Year.

Joe Sagula of North Carolina has been named as the AVCA Division 1 East Coast Region Coach of the Year, the fourth of his career. North Carolina is 29-3 this season and 19-1 in ACC play. His team advances to their third ever Sweet 16 appearance after defeating Coastal Carolina.

In the Northeast Region, Lauren Carlini earns her fourth AVCA Northeast Region honor. Haleigh Nelson (Wisconsin) and Taylor Sandbothe (Ohio State) earn their third and earning their second AVCA Northeast Region honors are Faye Adelaja (Purdue), Danielle Cuttino (Purdue) and Haleigh Washington (Penn State).

Kelly Sheffield is in his fourth season with Wisconsin and has earned his second AVCA Division 1 Northeast Region Coach of the Year. Sheffield has led the Badgers to the No. 3 see in the NCAA Tournament, which is the programs highest seed.

In the Midwest Region, four players are earning their third AVCA Midwest honor: Katie Brand (Kansas State), Ainise Havili (Kansas), Lily Johnson (Missouri State) and Abbie Lehman (Wichita State), while two players are earning their second: Kelsie Payne (Kansas) and Danielle Rygelski (Saint Louis).

Earning the AVCA Division 1 Midwest Region Coach of the Year is Missouri State’s Melissa Stokes. Missouri State went 26-9 this season and 16-2 in Missouri Valley Conference play. Stokes led the Bears to their most wins since 2006. The Bears won 16 straight in conference, the longest MVC streak in school history.

East Coast Region

First Name Last Name School Pos. Year
 Kamalani  Akeo  Pittsburgh  S  So.
 Janey  Goodman**  James Madison  RS  Sr.
 Sasha  Karelov  Duke  L  Sr.
 Taylor  Leath  North Carolina  OH  So.
 Taylor  Louis**  Marquette  OH  So.
 Leah  Meyer  Duke  MB  So.
 Jenna  Potts  Pittsburgh  MB  Sr.
 Jenna  Rosenthal  Marquette  MB  So.
 Julia  Scoles  North Carolina  OH  Fr.
 Olga  Strantzali  Miami  OH  Jr.
 Taylor  Treacy**  North Carolina  RS  Sr.
 Jordan  Tucker**  Duke  MB  Sr.
 Teegan  Van Gunst**  Georgia Tech  OH  Sr.
 Stephanie  Williams  Pittsburgh  OH  Fr.

Honorable Mention

First Name Last Name School Pos. Year
 Taylor  Austin  James Madison  L  Jr.
 Jasmine  Burton  Virginia  RS  Sr.
 Tessa  Fournier  Seton Hall  L  Sr.
 Cindy  Marina  Duke  S  Fr.
 Meghan  Niemann  Marquette  MB  Sr.
 Lindsey  Owens  Virginia Tech  OH  Sr.

Freshman of the Year: Julia Scoles, North Carolina, OH

Coach of the Year: Joe Sagula, North Carolina

Northeast Region

First Name Last Name School Pos. Year
 Faye  Adelaja**  Purdue  MB  Sr.
 Ali  Bastianelli  Illinois  MB  So.
 Lauren  Carlini****  Wisconsin  S  Sr.
 Danielle  Cuttino**  Purdue  OH  Jr.
 Madeline  Garda  Bowling Green  L  Sr.
 Molly  Haggerty  Wisconsin  OH  Fr.
 Grace  Kauth  Cleveland State  OH  Sr.
 Simone  Lee  Penn State  OH  Jr.
 Haleigh  Nelson***  Wisconsin  MB  Sr.
 Jordyn  Poulter  Illinois  S  So.
 Taylor  Sandbothe***  Ohio State  MB  Sr.
 Jelena  Sunjic  Bowling Green  RS  Sr.
 Haleigh  Washington**  Penn State  MB  Jr.
 Tionna  Williams  Wisconsin  MB  So.

Honorable Mention

First Name Last Name School Pos. Year
 Brandi  Donnelly  Illinois  L  Jr.
 Ali  Frantti  Penn State  OH  Jr.
 Taylor  Hughes  Ohio State  S/H  So.
 Romana  Kriskova  Wisconsin  RS  Sr.
 Cara  Mattaliano  Princeton  OH  Sr.
 Katie  Tomasic  Miami (Ohio)  RS  Jr.

Freshman of the Year: Molly Haggerty, Wisconsin, OH

Coach of the Year: Kelly Sheffield, Wisconsin

Midwest Region

First Name Last Name School Pos. Year
 Katie  Brand***  Kansas State  S  Sr.
 Payton  Caffrey  West Virginia  OH  Fr.
 Jane  Emmenecker  Dayton  S  Jr.
 Amber  Erhahon  Dayton  MB  Jr.
 Kayla  Haneline  Northern Iowa  MB  Sr.
 Ainise  Havili***  Kansas  S  Jr.
 Lily  Johnson***  Missouri State  OH  Jr.
 Jody  Larson  Wichita State  RS  Sr.
 Abbie  Lehman***  Wichita State  MB  Jr.
 Kelsie  Payne**  Kansas  RS  Jr.
 Madison  Rigdon  Kansas  OH  Jr.
 Danielle  Rygelski**  Saint Louis  OH  Sr.
 Jess  Schaben  Iowa State  OH  So.
 Cassie  Wait  Kansas  L  Sr.

Honorable Mention

First Name Last Name School Pos. Year
 Laura  Milos  Oral Roberts OH  Jr.
 Tayler  Soucie  Kansas MB  Sr.
 Brooke  Sassin  Kansas State OH  Sr.
 Scottie  Ingram  Murray State OH  Sr.
 Jenna  Radtke  Northern Illinois MB  Sr.
 Emma  Hagedorn  UMKC MB  Sr.

Freshman of the Year: Payton Caffrey, West Virginia, OH

Coach of the Year: Melissa Stokes, Missouri State

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About Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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