Courtesy of Juniata, Scranton, and Susquehanna Athletic Communications
LEXINGTON, Ky.- Nine Landmark volleyball players were recently named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III All-Region Team.
Juniata earned six nods between the two teams, followed by Susquehanna University with two, and University of Scranton with one.
For Juniata, Marybeth Weihbrecht was named AVCA Region Player of the Year and head coach Heather Pavlik was named AVCA Region Coach of the Year, while Katie Byrne, Dejia Danhi, Morgan Edwards, Victoria Taylor, Weihbrecht, and Alyssa Tavera were all named AVCA All-Region players.
Two-time AVCA Player of the Year and AVCA All-Region teamer, Weihbrecht has appeared in 25 matches and has played in 76 sets this season. She led the Landmark and ranks third in Division III volleyball with a .420 hitting percentage. Weihbrecht was recently named Landmark Player of the Year for the second time and was named to the Landmark All-Confernece first team. Weihbrecht has also named Landmark Athlete of the Week two times this season (9/17, 10/1). This season, she has tallied 204 kills and 61 total blocks (14 BS, 47 BA).
Head coach Heather Pavlik earns her second AVCA Region Coach of the Year award. This season, Pavlik led the Eagles to a 24-3 record overall and led the team to their 12th consecutive Landmark Conference title. Juniata enters the NCAA tournament riding a 22-match winning streak. The team sits at 12th in the country in win-loss percentage (.885) and they are currently ranked sixth in the AVCA Coaches Poll.
A four-time AVCA All-Region player, Byrne has appeared in 27 matches and has played in 94 sets this season. Byrne totaled 399 digs and averages 4.24 digs per sets which is third in the Landmark. Earlier this season, in the Eagles sweep against Randolph-Macon, Byrne surpassed 2,000 career digs. She is the fifth person in program history to do so.
Dahni has appeared in 26 matches and 89 sets. Danhi was named Landmark Athlete of the Week earlier this season (9/10) and she was named to the Landmark All-Conference second team. Danhi has totaled 176 kills while hitting .318. She has 108 total blocks (22 BS, 86 BA) and 46 digs.
Edwards has appeared in 26 matches and 89 sets. She has totaled 232 kills (2.61 kills per set), 40 digs, and 63 total blocks (7 BS, 56 BA). Edwards was also named to the Landmark All-Conference first team and she was named the Landmark Championship MVP.
Taylor has appeared in 27 matches and 92 sets. Taylor has tallied 288 kills while hitting .255. Taylor is also fifth in the Landmark with 3.13 kills per set. Taylor has also totaled 61 digs and 38 total blocks (6 BS, 32 BA). She was also named to the Landmark All-Conference first team this season.
Tavera was named AVCA honorable mention and has appeared in 26 matches and 79 sets. Tavera has recorded 449 assists, 19 service aces, and 183 digs. Tavera was also named to the Landmark All-Conference first team this season.
Hannah Lyons junior middle hitter, and sophomore libero, Lizzie Herestofa of Susquehanna were named All-Region East and Honorable Mention All-Region East respectively.
Lyons, named All-Conference on Tuesday, earned All-Region honors after a strong junior campaign. Lyons led the team in kills (354) and blocks (114) and finished with a hitting percentage of .310.
Herestofa was named Honorable Mention All-Region, her first season accolade. Herestofa led the conference in digs with 611 and ranked 2nd in the conference with digs per set at 4.66. Herestofa is also tied for 18th in the nation in total digs.
Lyons and Herestofa paced the defensive efforts of the Susquehanna Volleyball team as they finished the season 24-13 overall, and 5-1 in regular season conference play.
Senior outside hitter Kristin Kirwan of The University of Scranton volleyball team recently concluded one of the most decorated careers in program history. On Thursday, she added to an already impressive resume by being selected to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-East Region Honorable Mention Team.
Kirwan garnered All-Region honors for the second straight season after being a First Team and Honorable Mention All-American pick last fall. She closed out her career with an outstanding season in 2018, leading the Landmark Conference during the regular season with 442 kills while posting 316 digs, 38 aces, and 27 blocks.
Despite the Royals' season having ended just over a week ago and with other team's continuing in the NCAA Tournament, Kirwan currently ranks 12th in the country in kills this season and is 11th in total attacks.
This past season, she broke both the University and Landmark Conference all-time kills record, finishing her career with 1,823 kills. She also picked up 1,224 digs in her career to become one of just eight players in Royals' history with at least 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a Scranton uniform.
In addition to sitting atop of Scranton's all-time leaders in kills and total attack, Kirwan ranks 10th in program history blocks, 12th in digs, and 19th in hitting percentage with a .225 mark.