TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2010
Yeager and Robertson earn A-Sun honors
Senior outside hitter Aidan Yeager topped off her storied career with first team honors while freshman middle blocker Alyssa Robertson gave the JU volleyball team a glimpse of the future with all-freshman accolades as the Atlantic Sun Conference announced its end of the year awards.
Yeager, who was named to the all-freshman team in her first season, garnered first team honors for the first time in her career. Robertson, who came on strong towards the end of the year, gives JU a powerful tandem in the middle after Alison Loeppky garnered all-freshman team honors last season.
Lipscomb senior setter Stefine “Jake” Pease was a unanimous selection and was named “Player of the Year.” ETSU freshman outside hitter Megan Devine was named “Freshman of the Year” and Kennesaw State head coach Karen Weatherington was voted “Coach of the Year.”
In her fourth year with the program, Yeager found her way into the JU career record books due to her abilities at the net. With two blocks vs. New Mexico on Sept. 18, Yeager surpassed Melissa Merchant (281, 2006-07) for second on the JU career list for blocks assists and finished with 324. She also moved into the top three in total career blocks - surpassing Merchant (316) for fourth with three blocks against ETSU on Oct. 15 and Ruth Terry (330, 1990-92) for third with a block at Lipscomb on Oct. 30. She finished her career ranked second with 333.
Offensively, Yeager passed another milestone by becoming the sixth Dolphin to reach 1,000 career kills with 10 against Seattle on Oct. 22. She passed Sara Bendorf (1,006 - 2006-08) for fifth on the all-time list with six kills at Belmont on Oct. 29 and finishes her career with 1,034.
Yeager finished the season ranked in the A-Sun standings in points (7th – 3.42 ppg), service aces (9th – 0.31 aps) and hitting percentage (10th - .270).
“Aidan has worked hard for four years to stay healthy and improve with each year,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “She was a great force for us at the net and we will miss her next year.”
After a fast start to her collegiate season, Robertson hit a snag in the beginning of October and lost her starting position while she worked on her technique. The time was well spent as she returned to the starting lineup on Oct. 22 and played her best ball of the season.
Since Oct. 22, she averaged 2.54 kills per set, 1.05 blocks per set and hit .391. Robertson also enjoyed her best match of the season at FAMU on Nov. 6 with 21 kills, seven blocks and a .447 (21-4-38) hitting percentage.
Robertson finished the season ranked third in the A-Sun in blocks (1.02 bps) and fifth in hitting percentage (.304).
“Alyssa really stepped up her game this year,” Kupferberg said. “I’m happy that her contributions were noticed by someone outside our coaching staff and we have a lot to look forward to as she continues to grow throughout her next three years at JU.”