Three Athenas Earn All-Conference Volleyball Honors
This year the CMS Women's Volleyball team is pleased to announce award winners. Selected collectively by the coaching group within SCIAC, this year CMS was able to recieve two First team All-SCIAC selections, and one Second Team All-SCIAC selection. SCIAC selected Junior setter, Taylor Jones, and Freshman Libero Megan Coleman to earn First Team Honors. In addition, SCIAC selected Junior Middle Blocker, Courtney Searls to Second Team Honors.
Jones enters her 3rd year playing with CMS Volleyball. She has been an instrumental part of leading the team to a 3rd place finish this year in SCIAC with her setting. Taylor accumulated 364 assists in SCIAC competition this year, and 105 digs to complement her offensive numbers. Taylor is know for her on-court speed, and as a Junior, led the team as co-captain for the Athenas. This is Taylor's first selection to the First Team All-SCIAC after recieving honors on Second team her Freshman and Sophomore years.
Head Coach Kurt Vlasich described Jones as "the heartbeat of the team, and every single second, of every single practice, match, or scrimmage, Taylor is leading by example by putting 110% into everything she does."
Megan Coleman enters her first year with CMS Volleyball. An immediate standout with her ballcontrol, Coleman earned the Libero uniform very early in the season. In SCIAC play, Megan tallied 229 digs in 14 matches, and controlled the backcourt with her speed and versatility. For the season totals, Megan managed over 400+ digs as a true freshman. This is Coleman's first All-SCIAC selection as she joined Jones on the 1st Team.
Vlasich praised the Freshman's play by saying that "Very few players can be asked to cover as much court as we ask Megan to do, but she was able to confidently step in and be successful. In a very difficult position, Megan allowed us to change our defensive strategy and become a much better defensive team this year."
Courtney Searls begins her first season with CMS Volleyball after transfering from Mesa State. A Junior this year, Courtney stepped right in and learned a new offense very quickly. In SCIAC play, Courtney held a .260 hitting average and helped slow opponents at the net accumulating 22 blocks on the year. A natural leader, Courtney was a key addition to a team that had lost 2 Middle Blockers from the year before. The selection to the 2nd Team All-SCIAC is Searls' first All-SCIAC selection.
Vlasich recognized the difficulty that players can face when joining a new program as a transfer and added that "Courtney is a natural leader and competitor by nature. She was able to walk in to a new environment and lead with her voice and skill. Always prepared, Courtney played each match hard and contributed in any way she could. We are very happy to have courtney back for her Snior year next season."
The Athenas finished the regular season 19-10 overall, 10-4 in conference and earned the 3rd seed in the conference tournament. Congratulations to the Athenas on a successful season.