UMW Nets Four on All-CAC Volleyball Team

YORK, Pa. - Christopher Newport, the CAC regular-season and tournament champion, swept the individual awards and tied Mary Washington and Salisbury with four players each on the 2013 All-CAC Volleyball team.

Senior Chastity Lacy (Crozet, Va./Western Albemarle) and freshman Briana Sutton (Williamsburg, Va./Jamestown) were selected by the CAC coaches as first-team all-stars and the 2013 Co-Players of the Year.  Sutton was also picked as the Rookie of the Year while Lindsay Birch, who led the Captains to the CAC titles and an automatic berth in the NCAA Championship Tournament, was named the Coach of the Year.

Lacy and Sutton were joined by teammates and second-team All-CAC honorees sophomore Rachel Conway (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) and freshman Hannah Miller (Palmyra, Va./Fluvanna County). 

Salisbury, which finished second in the CAC regular season and advanced to the conference championship match, placed juniors Michelle Meehan (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee), Mattie Smith (Middletown, Md./Middletown) and freshman Katie Stouffer (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) on the All-CAC first team - each for the first time.   SU junior Julie Poston (Laurel, Md./Reservoir) earned her second-straight berth on the All-CAC second team.

Mary Washington, which took Salisbury down to the wire in the CAC Tournament semifinals, matched CNU and SU with four players on the All-CAC team.  The Eagles were led by senior Kaitlynn Wickersham (Midlothian, Va./Manchester), who earned her initial first-team all-star nod after appearing as a second-team player the past two seasons.
        
Joining Wickersham on the All-CAC team were junior Kayla Crawford (Richmond, Va./Powhatan), sophomore Emma Murphy (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) and freshman Emma Olson (Oakton, Va./Oakton).  All three are first-time All-CAC honorees.

St. Mary’s and Marymount each placed one player on the All-CAC first-team.  SMC sophomore Mandy Goodspeed (Columbia, Md./Atholton), the 2012 CAC Rookie of the Year, earned her second-straight first-team award while Marymount sophomore Morgan McAlpin (Brookeville, Md./Sherwood) is a first-time All-CAC honoree.

Marymount junior Erin Allison (Gardnerville, Nev./Douglas) also earned second-team All-CAC recognition for the second-straight season.

Two players from Southern Virginia and one from York also earned second-team All-CAC recognition.  

Southern Virginia, a first-year CAC member which was not eligible for the CAC Tournament this season due to its status as a second-year NCAA provisional member, placed junior Kaitlyn Eaton (Syracuse, Utah/Syracuse) and freshman April Bennett (Kaysville, Utah/Davis) on the All-CAC team.   The Knights will be eligible for CAC post-season play in 2014.

York freshman Ijeoma Igwe (Windsor Mill, Md./Seton Kehoe) also picked up her first All-CAC nod, giving the conference six freshmen and 14 newcomers to the all-star squad.

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2013 All-CAC Volleyball Team

First Team       Yr.      Pos.     Team     Hometown/High School     Previous All-CAC Honors
Mandy Goodspeed So.     MB      St. Mary’s      Columbia, Md./Atholton  1st & ROY in ‘12
Chastity Lacy   Sr.     MB      Christopher Newport     Crozet, Va./Western Albemarle
Morgan McAlpin  So.     MH      Marymount       Brookeville, Md./Sherwood
Michelle Meehan Jr.     DS      Salisbury       Marlton, N.J./Cherokee
Mattie Smith    Jr.     OH      Salisbury       Middletown, Md./Middletown
Katie Stouffer  Fr.     OH      Salisbury       Frederick, Md./Tuscarora
Briana Sutton   Fr.     OH      Christopher Newport     Williamsburg, Va./Jamestown
Kaitlynn Wickersham     Sr.     OH      Mary Washington Midlothian, Va./Manchester      2nd in ‘12, 2nd in ‘11


Second Team      Yr.      Pos.     Team     Hometown/High School     Previous All-CAC Honors
Erin Allison    Jr.     OH      Marymount       Gardnerville, Nev./Douglas      2nd in ‘12
April Bennett   Fr.     OH      Southern Virginia       Kaysville, Utah/Davis
Rachel Conway   So.     S       Christopher Newport     Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson
Kayla Crawford  Jr.     OH      Mary Washington Richmond, Va./Powhatan
Kaitlyn Eaton   Jr.     MB      Southern Virginia       Syracuse, Utah/Syracuse
Ijeoma Igwe     Fr.     OH      York    Windsor Mill, Md./Seton Kehoe
Hannah Miller   Fr.     MB      Christopher Newport     Palmyra, Va./Fluvanna County
Emma Murphy     So.     MH      Mary Washington Midlothian, Va./Midlothian
Emma Olson      Fr.     S       Mary Washington Oakton, Va./Oakton
Julie Poston    Jr.     OH      Salisbury       Laurel, Md./Reservoir   2nd in ‘12


2013 CAC Co-Player of the Year:  Chastity Lacy, Christopher Newport
2013 CAC Co-Player of the Year:  Briana Sutton, Christopher Newport
2013 CAC Rookie of the Year:  Briana Sutton, Christopher Newport
2013 CAC Coach of the Year:  Lindsay Birch, Christopher Newport