LEXINGTON, Ky. – A pair of Ashford University volleyball players have received recognition from the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Freshman outside hitter Victoria Day was named AVCA NAIA All-Southwest Region Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the region’s honorable mention squad alongside libero Samantha Schultz.
Day, from Crystal Lake, Ill, led the Saints with 370 kills (2.48 a set) for a team that finished 23rd in the nation in total kills with 1,807. She also finished fourth on the team in digs with 310, while adding 40 blocks, 24 service aces and 16 assists.
It marks the second Freshman of the Year award for Day in 2013, as she was also named Association of Independent Institutions Freshman of the Year back on Nov. 14.
Schultz, from Juneau, Wis., burst on to the scene in her first year with a Saints team that finished sixth in the NAIA in total digs (2,680) with 771 of her own, the eighth-most nationally among all individuals and tops in the A.I.I.
In addition, Schultz added 135 assists and 39 service aces and was named the 2013 A.I.I. Libero of the Year on Nov. 14.
“Both Sam and Victoria played important roles on our team this year,” coach Micah Cewe said. “I am very happy to see them make arguably one of the toughest region teams (Southwest) in the NAIA. Sam played a crucial role in running our defense this year, and her stats demonstrate that. Victoria made huge strides from the beginning of the year up till the conference tournament, not only as an attacker but defensively as well.”
Both players were named first-team All-A.I.I. earlier this month and were nominated to the A.I.I. All-Tournament team following the tournament.
Ashford, along with institutions from the state of California and the remainder of the A.I.I., made up the Southwest Region.