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All eight Union volleyball players receive TranSouth honors

JACKSON, Tenn. - 11/10/2008 - The 2008 TranSouth Conference postseason honors were released during a ceremony at Union University, the site of the conference tournament. On the list were six Union Lady Bulldogs. Amanda Coyle, Emilie Ogas, and CJ Neathamer were each named first team All-Conference performers. Katie Adams, Anna Sims, and Ashley Young boasted second team All-Conference honors.

In addition to the All-Conference team awards, three Union players were named TranSouth Scholar Athletes. Senior’s Lindsey Wallach and Amanda Coyle, along with sophomore Heather Lieberman earned the academic honor.

Coyle, a 5-foot-9 senior hitter from Jackson, Tenn., has a team-high 354 kills. She ranks No. 1 in the TranSouth and No. 12 in the NAIA with a .387 hitting percentage. Earlier this season, Coyle moved into second place on the all-time career kills lists with over 1,600 kills. She has been a TranSouth first team All-Conference performer in each of her four seasons with the Lady Bulldogs.

Ogas, a 6-foot hitter from Porterville, Calif., is second on the team with 264 kills. This is the second All-Conference honor for Ogas in her two years at Union.

Neathamer, a 5-foot-10 libero from Anderson, Calif., leads the team with 707 digs and 80 service aces. She ranked No. 1 in the TranSouth with 6.6 digs per game and 0.8 aces per game. Neathamer also ranks No. 3 in the NAIA in aces per game and No. 4 in digs per game.

Adams, a 5-foot-8 setter from Orange, Calif., has 1,152 assists on the year. She ranks No. 1 in the TranSouth in assists per game (10.4) and No. 14 in the NAIA.

Sims, a 5-foot-11 freshman hitter from Trussville, Ala., posted 217 kills on the season and led Union with 124 total blocks.

Young, a 5-foot-11 junior hitter from Belleville, Ill., has 208 kills and 90 blocks on the season.


2008 TranSouth Conference Volleyball Post Season Awards

Player of the Year: Crissandra Perez, Freed-Hardeman University
Freshman of the Year: Fernanda Alves, Freed-Hardeman University
Newcomer of the Year: Ashton O’Halloran, Trevecca Nazarene University
Coach of the Year: Todd Humphry, Freed-Hardeman University

First Team All-Conference
Crissandra Perez, Freed-Hardeman University
Fernanda Alves, Freed-Hardeman University
Amanda Coyle, Union University
Katie Beineke, Lyon College
Jessica Vieira, Bethel College
Kelly Huff, Trevecca Nazarene University
Sydney Rice, Freed-Hardeman University
Katie Ball, Cumberland University
Karim Raymond, Freed-Hardeman University
Emilie Ogas, Union University
Kaley Ward, Trevecca Nazarene University
CJ Neathamer, Union University

Second Team All-Conference
Martha Ray, Freed-Hardeman University
Ashton O’Halloran, Trevecca Nazarene University
Katie Adams, Union University
Anna Sims, Union University

Meghann LaBorn, Lyon College
Ashley Young, Union University
Abbey Masters, Bethel College
Claire Pennington, Freed-Hardeman University
Lauren Castleberry, Lyon College

Honorable Mentioned All-Conference
Kimi Coffey, Trevecca Nazarene University
Michele Cunha, Bethel College
Ann-Kathrin Kuehhorn, Martin Methodist College
Joni Simpson, Cumberland University
Taylor Denny, Cumberland University
Lisa Sellers, Bethel College
Tracy Smallwood, Cumberland University
Julie Arnold, Lyon College
Ann Sullivan, Lyon College
Lauren Ruffner, Martin Methodist College
Brittany Butler, Mid-Continent University
Megan Bus, Mid-Continent University

TranSouth Scholar Athletes

Bethel College
Michelle Pittman, Junior
Jessica Vieira, Sophomore
Stephanie Owen, Sophomore
Michele Cunha, Junior

Cumberland University
Taylor Denny, Sophomore
Samantha Bellar, Sophomore
Lauren Carter, Sophomore
Tracy Smallwood, Junior
Laurel Conrey, Senior
Kailen Harris, Senior

Freed-Hardeman University
Claire Pennington, Sophomore
Emily Hicks, Junior
Karim Raymond, Junior

Lyon College
Meghann LaBorn, Sophomore
Katie Beineke, Junior
Lauren Castleberry, Junior
Julie Arnold, Junior
Ann Sullivan, Senior

Martin Methodist College
Lacy Neuenswander, Junior
Brittany Blankenship, Sophomore

Mid-Continent University
Brittany Butler, Senior

Trevecca Nazarene University
Jessica Wellette, Sophomore
Brooke Cannon, Sophomore
Kimberly Coffey, Junior
Jessica Hood, Junior
Rachel Spotten, Junior
Kaley Ward, Junior
Kelly Huff, Senior

Union University
Heather Lieberman, Sophomore
Amanda Coyle, Senior
Lindsey Wallach, Senior

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