A-10 Announces Postseason Volleyball Awards
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Dayton junior Alaina Turner has been named the 2014 Atlantic 10 Conference Volleybal Player of the Year while UD coach Tim Horsmon was voted A-10 Coach of the Year. The league announced its 2014 postseason volleyball awards Thursday in advance of the 2014 Volleyball Championship, which begins Friday.
In all, 25 different volleyball student-athletes were honored Thursday, including Dayton’s Janna Krafka, who won Libero of the Year honors and her teammate Jane Emmenecker, the 2014 Setter of the Year. Saint Louis’ Nenye Okoro was named the 2014 Rookie of the Year. In addition, the A-10 announced the All-Academic Team, the All-Conference teams, and the All-Rookie Team.
Turner led the Atlantic 10 in points scored (5.03/set), tied for first in kills (4.14/set) and led the league in aces (.55/set). A junior outside hitter from Canton, Mich., led the Flyers to a first-place finish in the A-10 and the top seed for the championship.
Horsmon, who returned to Dayton this season after a six-year hiatus, led UD to a a 26-5 overall record and a 13-1 conference mark to claim the top seed for the championship.
Krafka and Emmenecker each led the Flyers in their respective stat categories, digs and assists. Krafka, a junior libero from Centerville, Ohio, led the Atlantic 10 in digs with 4.39 per set. Emmenecker, a freshman setter from Perrysburg, Ohio, led the league in assists with 11.12 per set.
Okoro ranked second at Saint Louis and eighth in the A-10 in kills with 3.04. A freshman outside hitter from Houston, Texas, she tied for third in double-doubles in the conference with 11 after also ranking second at Saint Louis in digs with 2.66 per set.
The major awards, All-Conference and All-Rookie selections were voted on by the Atlantic 10’s head coaches. The All-Academic team was selected by the conference’s volleyball media relations director.
The 2014 A-10 Volleyball Championship is being hosted by Dayton at the Frericks Center. It begins Friday with the quarterfinal matches at 4:30 and 7:00 pm. The semifinals will be played Saturday at 4:30 and 7:00 pm and the final is Sunday at 2:00 pm.