Randolph-Macon's Carter Headlines ODAC Volleyball Awards

Randolph-Macon's Carter Headlines ODAC Volleyball Awards

R-MC's Rogers and Sears, W&L's Lausberg also Honored

FOREST, Va. --- Randolph-Macon College senior outside hitter Mallory Carter was named the ODAC Volleyball Player of the Year as the Yellow Jackets took home three major honors as part of the 2012 All-ODAC Volleyball Awards.  R-MC mentor Bill Rogers was tabbed the ODAC Coach of the Year, while fellow Jacket, senior outside hitter Jessica Sears, garnered the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete Award for the second straight year.  Washington and Lee University freshman Anna Lausberg earned ODAC Rookie of the Year accolades.

Carter, from Moseley, Va., adds the 2012 top player honor to All-ODAC First Team laurels in each of the past two seasons.  Carter has racked up 352 kills in 97 games played for a 3.62 per game average, which ranks her fourth in the ODAC.  She is also 10th in the league with a .253 attack percentage, which is first among outside hitters (top nine spots belong to middle hitters/blockers).  Carter is also adept at the serve and defensively as she is third in the ODAC with 50 aces (0.52 per game) and has picked up 236 digs (2.43 per game).  She recorded double-digit kills in 19-of-29 matches played, including a season-best 25 winners against Elmhurst (9/22).  Earlier this season, Carter became the all-time kills leader in Randolph-Macon history, surpassing the 1,243 kills Maggie McDearmon posted from 2003-06.  Carter currently has 1,392 kills following the ODAC Tournament, which is ninth in ODAC history.

Rogers is in his 11th season guiding the Yellow Jackets, having won better than 70-percent of his matches thru the ODAC Tournament (252-103 for .710 winning percentage).  This is the second time he has won the ODAC's top coaching honor, having also taken home the award in 2009.  Rogers has led R-MC to three conference titles (2009-11) and the program's first undefeated record in league play in 2012 (11-0).  Randolph-Macon has made appearances in each of the past three NCAA Division III Tournaments, and it is currently awaiting the selection show (Monday at 11am ET) for a possible chance at an entry in this season's national event.

Sears, from Newport News, Va., stars on the court and in the classroom for Randolph-Macon.  She boasts a 3.86 cumulative grade point average as a Physics and Math double-major.  She is a three-time member of the All-ODAC Academic Team, as well as a founding member of both the Randolph-Macon Math Club and Physics Club.  In addition to last year's scholar-athlete award, Sears was named the 2009 ODAC Rookie of the Year, an All-ODAC First Team performer in 2010, and has been a three-time choice to the All-ODAC Second Team (2009, 2011-12).  This season, she has collected 133 kills, 259 digs and 29 service aces in 87 games played.

Lausberg, from Ocoee, Fla., stepped right in to become an integral part of Washington and Lee's conference championship squad.  In 104 games played, she is sixth in the conference with 341 kills and a 3.28 kills per game average.  She has picked up 245 digs (2.36 per game) and registered 12 service aces.  Lausberg saved her best performance for the ODAC title game as she knocked 21 kills on a .273 attack percentage.  She also had 14 digs and a pair of aces.

Listed below are the 2012 All-ODAC Volleyball Teams.  For more information, visit any of the participating schools’ websites, or go to the ODAC’s home on the Internet at www.odaconline.com.  Don't forget to become a fan of the ODAC on Facebook and follow the ODAC on Twitter at @odacathletics.  Check out the ODAC's YouTube channel.

Player of the Year:
Mallory Carter, Sr., OH, Randolph-Macon
Coach of the Year: Bill Rogers, Randolph-Macon
Rookie of the Year: Anna Lausberg, Fr., OH, Washington and Lee
ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Jessica Sears, Sr., OH, Randolph-Macon

Jamie Cockerham Sr. Outside Hitter Emory & Henry
Aricquel Payne So. Outside Hitter Lynchburg
Mallory Carter Sr. Outside Hitter Randolph-Macon
Marli Dabareiner Jr. Libero Randolph-Macon
Tori Puryear Jr. Middle Hitter Randolph-Macon
Kala Guy Sr. Outside Hitter Virginia Wesleyan
M.A. Boles Jr. Outside Hitter Washington and Lee
Katie Long Jr. Outside Hitter Bridgewater
Casey O'Leary Sr. Libero Bridgewater
Rebecca Loftis Sr. Middle Hitter Lynchburg
Jessica Sears Sr. Outside Hitter Randolph-Macon
Taylor Allen Sr. Middle Hitter Virginia Wesleyan
Anna Lausberg Fr. Outside Hitter Washington and Lee
Meghan Meleski Jr. Setter Washington and Lee
Megann Grimes So. Middle Hitter Bridgewater
Lindsay Kallam Jr. Setter Bridgewater
Nicole Tesh Jr. Middle Hitter Emory & Henry
Kelly Mae Kerlin Jr. Libero Emory & Henry
Taylor Whitley Jr. Setter Guilford
Courtney Lowers Fr. Outside Hitter Randolph-Macon
Bailey Troia So. Setter Randolph-Macon