Newberry and Ball earn postseason awards from Southern Conference for 2007 season
Courtesy: GoMocs.com

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. The Southern Conference has announced its Volleyball All-Conference selections and the All-Tournament Team for the 2007 season and it is a list that includes two key members of the Lady Mocs.

 

The conference announced its 2007 First- and Second-Team All-Conference selections, as well as awards for the top player, libero, freshman and coach, on November 15 on-board the Southern Belle Riverboat prior to the Southern Conference Tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn.

 

Senior middle blocker Leslee Ball (Sycamore, Ill.) earned first-team honors for Chattanooga, the first of her career, following a season in which she averaged 4.49 kills and 5.19 points per game to place second and third, respectively, in the Southern Conference and hit .299 to place eighth in the league in hitting percentage.

 

The recognition continued for the Lady Mocs as junior libero Lara Newberry (Chattanooga, Tenn.) was named the 2007 Southern Conference Libero-of-the-Year and was named to her second All-Conference Second-Team of her career. She was also chosen as an all-conference selection following the 2005 season. The Chattanooga native earned the awards as a result of a stellar 2007 campaign that saw her lead both the nation and the Southern Conference in digs the entire season with averages of 7.07 and 7.03, respectively.

 

Newberry also broke the Chattanooga all-time digs record with 2,320 career digs and broke her own single-season mark of 736 digs, finishing the regular season with 863. She now holds the top three single season records in Lady Mocs history with 736 in 2005 and 721 in 2006.

 

The accolades continued for Newberry during the 2007 Southern Conference Tournament as she recorded 40 digs in a 3-1 over Elon on November 16 and 39 digs in a semifinal match against the College of Charleston on November 17. In that match, Newberry broke yet another record, perhaps her most impressive yet, as she surpassed the NCAA Single Season Digs record of 924 set in 2004 by Paula Gentil of the University of Minnesota. With her 39 digs, she finished the season with a new record of 942 digs and an average of 7.19 digs per game.

 

Newberry’s 79 digs during the tournament earned her the second Southern Conference All-Tournament selection of her career. She was also named to the All-Tournament Team following the 2006 Southern Conference Tournament.

 

As a team, the Lady Mocs wrapped up the season with a 19-14 overall record and advanced to the semifinals of the Southern Conference Tournament before falling to eventual champion College of Charleston.

 

2007 ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

 

First-Team

Brittany Zahn, Appalachian State

Tiffany Blum, College of Charleston

Lindsey Kane, College of Charleston

Chibuzo Aguocha, Furman

Nicole Palazzo, Furman

Leslee Ball, Chattanooga

 

Second-Team

Diana Thomas, Appalachian State

Annie Uthe, College of Charleston

Courtney Steward, Furman

Allison West, Furman

Kaitlyn Nortz, UNC Greensboro

Lara Newberry, Chattanooga

 

Player of the Year: Brittany Zahn, Appalachian State

Libero of the Year: Lara Newberry, Chattanooga

Rayna Taylor Freshman of the Year: Cole Dawley, College of Charleston

Coach of the Year: Matt Ginipro, Appalachian State

 

2007 SOUTHERN CONFERENCE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

 

Lara Newberry, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Lorelle Rau, Appalachian State

Kaitlyn Nortz, UNC Greensboro

Branagan Fuller, UNC Greensboro

Lindsey Kane, College of Charleston

Emily Sawin, College of Charleston

 

Most Outstanding Player

Tiffany Blum, College of Charleston

 

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