The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team has four players sprinkled throughout the South Atlantic Conference postseason awards list with Angelica Arroyo on the first team, Taylor Prall and Jaclyn Denny on the honorable mention team and Helen Hamilton on the all-freshman team, the conference announced on Thursday morning.
Arroyo, the San Juan, PEURTO RICO native and Saint Andrews Univ. transfer, made her presence felt more times than not when she went up for an attack, leading the team and placing third in the SAC in kills per set with 3.57 for the season. She was second on the team in kills with 271 but was the most efficient with a .201 attack percentage.
Prall (Tipp City, OHIO) has made her second All-SAC appearance in two seasons, making the SAC Honorable Mention list after making the all-freshman team one year ago. The sophomore led the squad in kills with 287, second on the team in attack percentage with .189 while tallying 322 total points to lead the Bears this season.
Denny, a junior from North Wilkesboro, N.C., played in 86 sets and was part of a deep offensive attack for the Bears, averaging 2.34 kills per set with an efficient .236 attack percentage on the season. The two-sport athlete (women's basketball and volleyball) is fourth on the team with 201.5 points accumulated for the year.
With three outside hitters like Prall, Denny and Arroyo, the setter – Hamilton – enjoyed the success of setting for them. The freshman from Greensboro, N.C. is the second freshman in two seasons that have found themselves on the all-conference freshman team for Lenoir-Rhyne. Hamilton led the team and ranks third in the SAC in assists per set with 9.86 and totaled 799 for the year in 81 sets played.
These awards come after a turnaround season when the Bears managed a 17-11 overall record and an 11-9 conference record. The Bears were eliminated in the quarterfinal round of the South Atlantic Conference Tournament on Tuesday night. Head Coach Dave Markland turned around a 10-16 finish, 6-14 in conference play, in 2017 to a threat in the conference in 2018.
The last time Lenoir-Rhyne had four All-SAC selections was in 2006 when the Bears put in six on a year when they went 25-13, 12-2 in the SAC.