Oct 30, 2018
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference announced its volleyball regular-season awards on Tuesday, and Texas Lutheran's Jaci Chambers is the conference's Backrow Player of the Year. Chambers also grabbed a spot on the All-SCAC Second Team.
The individual awards and All-SCAC teams were voted on by the conference coaches. All coaches could not vote for themselves or their own players.
Chambers (Baytown, Texas) quickly established herself as one of the top defensive players in the conference consistently leading in digs all season. She led the conference in in digs (681) and in digs per set (6.03/set), averaging over a full dig more than second place.
A solid and consistent presence for the Bulldogs throughout the 2018 campaign, Chambers' digs per set average is currently ranked in the top 10 in the nation and will be a top 10 all-time SCAC single-season mark.
Chambers also tallied 88 assists for 0.78 per set, both marks within the top 20 in the conference.
Chambers is the second Texas Lutheran player to earn a SCAC Backrow Player of the Year honors and the first since Megan Lee won the award in back-to-back seasons in 2013 and 2014. She received four votes from the coaches for the Backrow Player of the Year honor to narrowly outpoint Sarah Mullens of Trinity who picked up three votes. Mari Prazak of Austin College and Krystyn Pua of the University of Dallas each received one first-place vote.
Colorado College's junior middle blocker Marguerite Spaethling was named the SCAC Player of the Year, while Dayjah Whyte of the University of Dallas earned SCAC Freshman of the Year honors. Colorado College head coach Rick Swan was named SCAC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year.
Player of the Year: Marguerite Spaethling, Colorado College, Jr., MB, Larkspur, Calif.
Backrow Player of the Year: Jaci Chambers, Texas Lutheran, Jr., DS, Baytown, Texas
Freshman of the Year: Dayjah Whyte, Dallas, Fr., MB, Round Rock, Texas
Co-Coaches of the Year: Rick Swan, Colorado College / 29-2 overall / 15-1 SCAC / AVCA #4
2018 All-SCAC Women's Volleyball First Team
Marguerite Spaethling Colorado College Jr. MH Larkspur, Calif.
Haley Harris Colorado College Jr. OH Brier, Wash.
Lizzy Counts Colorado College Jr. S Oakland, Calif.
Madeline McKay Trinity Sr. OH/RS Lubbock, Texas
Jamison Duck Southwestern Sr. OH Houston, Texas
Katrina Lieberman Trinity Jr. S Tustin, Calif.
Dayjah Whyte Dallas Fy. MH Round Rock, Texas
Myca Steffey-Bean Colorado College Sr. MH Torrance, Calif.
2018 All-SCAC Women's Volleyball Second Team
Jaci Chambers Texas Lutheran Jr. DS Baytown, Texas
Jade Schoenberger Trinity Sr. RS Palo Alto, Calif.
Mayson Kennon Austin College So. OH Fort Worth, Texas
Ashley Whitlock Southwestern Fy. MB/RS San Antonio, Texas
Brandi Campos Southwestern Sr. L/DS San Antonio, Texas
Rachel Demerjian Centenary Fy. S/RS Glendora, Calif.
Sarah Mullens Trinity Sr. DS Aurora, Colo.
Emily Ellis Trinity Fy. MB Georgetown, Texas