Courtesy of Juniata & Susquehanna Athletic Communications
LEXINGTON, Ky.- Seven Landmark volleyball players were recently named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America Teams. Juniata's Emma Davis was named the AVCA National Freshman of the Year.
Davis was named an AVCA third team All-American and Moira Folan and Victoria Taylor received AVCA All-America honorable mention. She appeared in 32 matches and 112 sets as a freshman. Davis was named Landmark Athlete of the Week twice this season and also landed on the Landmark All-Conference first team. More recently, Davis was named AVCA Regional Freshman of the Year and also earned AVCA All-Region honors. Davis has totaled 264 kills while hitting .289 this season. She has tallied 20 service aces, 58 digs, and 108 (27 BS, 81 BA) total blocks.
Folan appeared in 32 matches and 105 sets. Folan was named to the Landmark All-Conference first team and earned AVCA All-Region honors. She tallied 1005 assists (9.57 A/S) and added 24 service aces and 237 digs this season.
Taylor appeared in 32 matches and 113 sets. Taylor was named to the Landmark All-Conference first team, was named Landmark Athlete of the Week, and earned AVCA All-Region honors this season. She was most recently named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament team after her performace against Va. Wesleyan and Trinity (Texas) in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Taylor was also named the Landmark Championship MVP after the team defeated Susquehanna, 3-0. This season she has totaled 362 kills (3.20 K/S) while hitting .250. Taylor has tallied 79 digs and 48 (13 BS, 35 BA) total blocks.
Junior right-side hitter Sydney Portale became the Susquehanna University volleyball program's first-ever American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America selection. In addition, first-year outside hitter Rosina Esposito, junior libero Lizzie Herestofa, and senior setter Lindsay Pugh, were all Honorable Mention All-America. Prior to 2019, Susquehanna had five different players named Honorable Mention All-America, including one every year since 2015.
The individual accolades keep coming for these four after contributing to a fantastic season for the River Hawks. There were a lot of firsts for the program this year, such as its first-ever national ranking; beating Landmark Conference opponent, Juniata College; hosting a conference championship match; winning an NCAA Division III Volleyball Championship Tournament match; and now, add the program's first-ever All-American player to the list of firsts.
Portale was named First Team All-America after averaging 3.5 kills and .61 blocks per set and hitting .327. She has been no stranger to the AVCA awards as she was voted the Division III East Region Player of the Year last week and named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Division III Player of the Week on October 1. Along with her remarkable stats this season, Portale reached her 1,000th career kills milestone in the team's first-ever NCAA Tournament win – a 3-0 sweep of Westminster (Pa.) College on November 15 – and was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team for the Baltimore Region.
Pugh rounds out her collegiate career as Susquehanna's single-season leader for most assists in a season with 1,297 assists this season. Pugh also contributed 326 digs and 112 kills in 130 sets played in 2019. She also received AVCA All-East Region and All-Landmark Second Team honors last week.
Recording her 1000th career digs mark just three weeks into the 2019 season, Herestofa is a force to be reckoned with for Susquehanna in the back row. Now a two-time All-Region selection, she finished out her season with 554 digs, a .956 reception percentage, and 56 services aces. The 2019 Landmark Specialist of the Year, she is also a two-time All-Landmark selection after earning First Team honors last week.
The 2019 Landmark Rookie of the Year, Esposito tallied a team-high 465 kills, 267 digs, and 65 services aces in her first season. She was named All-East Region and All-Landmark First Team and is the only first-year in the program to receive this honor.