LEXINGTON, Ky. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has announced on Thursday the 2017 Division III All-Region Teams. Outside hitter Destiny Stewart has been named South Region Freshman of the Year.
Along with her selection as Freshman of the Year, Stewart becomes the first Sewanee player in program history to be named to the All-Region team by the coaches association.
The Alpharetta, Ga. native finished the regular season with 412 kills and 4.43 kills per set, good for tops in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA). With 12 kills in the SAA Volleyball Tournament quarterfinal against Millsaps, she finished her freshman year with 424 kills, 4.33 kills per set and 4.8 points per set.
Posting 13 double-doubles in 27 matches played this season, Stewart has posted a .500 attack percentage three times this season: .651 vs. Huntingdon (31 kills-3 errors-43 attacks), .588 vs. Berea (11-1-17) and .528 at Oglethorpe (22-3-36).
The SAA Newcomer of Year is also ranked 10th nationally in NCAA Division III in kills per set and 12th points per set, where she is the lead freshman in both categories. The outside hitter is 27th in total kills, the fourth highest among freshmen.
"Destiny is a very talented athlete that has brought intensity and passion to our program," said head coach Shawna Laurendine. "She has been a pleasure to work on and off the court. She is definitely a leader by example and has thrived from the support of her family. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for her here at Sewanee."
The AVCA, with its headquarters in Lexington, Ky., is managed by Associations International. The mission of the AVCA is to advance the sport of volleyball with AVCA coaches at the epicenter of leadership, advocacy and professional development. With a membership of over 7,000 and counting, the AVCA provides a professional network for those individuals and companies dedicated to enhancing and promoting the sport. Members include collegiate, high school, club, youth and Olympic coaches, as well as volleyball club directors. The AVCA provides education to volleyball coaches, recognition of elite players and coaches, promotion of volleyball competitions throughout the world, and networking opportunities for volleyball products and services providers. Further information is available at www.avca.org.