USC Upstate Receives Four Big South Volleyball Postseason Awards

USC Upstate Receives Four Big South Volleyball Postseason Awards

Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate volleyball team received four postseason honors from the Big South Conference on Wednesday afternoon as the league announced its yearly awards.

Lily Dempsey and Gloria Ikenegbu were both named Big South Second Team All-Conference while Emily Russell was selected Big South Honorable Mention All-Conference. Madison Haake also earned a spot on the Big South All-Academic Team.

Dempsey has played in 100 sets this season and compiled 259 kills and 154 digs. She is second on the team in kills and fifth in digs. In the Big South, Dempsey is eighth in kills averaging 2.59 per set and ninth in points with 306.5. She posted 15 matches this season with double-digit kills including a stretch of eight straight. Dempsey recorded 10 or more kills in nine of her final 10 matches of the regular season. She also collected five matches with double-figure digs. She had five double-doubles on the season against Georgia Southern, Radford, UNC Asheville and Campbell twice.

Ikenegbu finished the regular season as one of the top players for USC Upstate both offensively and defensively. She compiled 177 kills (fourth on the team) and 96 total blocks (second on the team). She averages 2.03 kills and 1.10 blocks per set this season. Ikenegbu ranks second in the conference in blocks and eighth in hitting percentage. She collected seven matches with double-digit kills highlighted by a career-high 21 in a five-set win over Campbell. Ikenegbu added 9.0 total blocks at Winthrop. She was named Big South Player of the Week twice this season on Oct. 22 and Nov. 5.

Russell turned in a career year for the Spartans after leading the team with 285 kills and 120 total blocks. She averaged 2.46 kills and 1.03 blocks per set. Russell ranked third among Big South players in blocks and sixth in points at 372.5. She recorded her first career double-double on Oct. 9 against UNC Asheville with 15 kills and 10 blocks. Russell finished the regular season with 15 matches of 10 or more kills while adding 11.0 blocks at Georgia Southern. She concluded the regular season recording double-digit kills in 10 of her final 14 matches.

Haake currently owns a 3.850 grade-point average and is majoring in computer information systems. She leads the team with 1,047 assists and is second with 319 digs. Haake also posted 113 kills, 49 total blocks and 26 service aces. She averaged 9.18 assists, 2.80 digs, 0.99 kills and 0.43 blocks per set. Haake ranks third in the Big South in assists. She has recorded 18 double-doubles this season and totaled 66 for her career. Haake dished out double-digit assists in every match this season including 40 or more 12 times. She registered 10 or more digs in 18 matches including 19 during a four-set win over UNC Asheville.

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2018 Big South Conference Volleyball Award Winners
First-Team All-Conference
Molly Livingston, MB, Sr., High Point
Mallory McKnight, MB, Jr., Radford
Megann Delgado, RS, Jr., Hampton
Stephanie Neast, OPP, Jr., Radford
Cara Guthrie, OH, Sr., UNC Asheville
Siani Yamaguchi, S, Jr., Winthrop
Abby Bottomley, L, Soph., High Point

Second-Team All-Conference
Jordan Hefner, MB, Sr., High Point
Sarah Colla, OH, Fr., Campbell
Lily Dempsey, RS, So., USC Upstate
Gloria Ikenegbu, MB, Jr., USC Upstate
Julia Borges, RS, Jr., UNC Asheville
Haley Kleespies, S, Sr., Radford
Madison Martin, L, Sr., Charleston Southern

Honorable Mention All-Conference
Emily Russell, MB, R-So., USC Upstate
Phoebe Wu, OH, Sr., Winthrop
Lourdes Rosario, OH, Sr., Winthrop
Katie Tylman, RS, Sr., High Point
Valerie Gonzalez, OH, Sr., Radford

All-Freshman Team
Sarah Colla, OH, Campbell
Madison Smith, OH, High Point
Erin Cooke, S/RS, Presbyterian
Grace Green, L, Radford
Lily Leistiko, MB, Winthrop
Hannah Donaldson, MB, Gardner-Webb
Grace Volk, S, UNC Asheville

All-Academic Team
Madison Linxwiler, MB, Sr., Campbell
Hannah Western, OH, Sr., Charleston Southern
Amanda Sahm, S, Sr., Gardner-Webb
Maja Petronijevic, L, Sr., Hampton
Katie Tylman, RS, Sr., High Point
Valerie Gonzalez, RS, Sr., Radford
Carter Kennedy, S, Jr., UNC Asheville
Madison Haake, S, Sr., USC Upstate
Carlie Skelton, DS, Sr., Winthrop

Player of the Year
Molly Livingston, MB, Sr., High Point

Freshman of the Year
Sarah Colla, OH, Campbell

Coach of the Year
Chuck Rey, Winthrop

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Amanda Sahm, S, Sr., Gardner-Webb