Volleyball - Thu, Nov. 8, 2007
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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – Union College freshman setter Monica Moreland once again made history when she was selected as the 2007 Appalachian Athletic Conference Volleyball Player and Freshman of the Year, the conference announced Thursday.

Moreland (Louisville, Ky.) is the first Lady Bulldog to be named a conference player of the year and the second AAC Freshman of the Year in program history. This also marks the third year in a row and fourth out of the last five seasons that Union has a player on the All-AAC Freshmen team.

A pair of juniors, Stephanie Pateman (Weyburn, Canada) and Marlee Cooper (Bloomington, Ill.), joined Moreland on the All-AAC first team while sophomore Brooke Vinovich (Somerset, Ky.) was a second-team selection.

Moreland accounted for a school-record 1,454 assists in 138 games in her first season at Union. She broke the record set by Amanda Bowling, which was established last season at 1,427. She also led the conference in total assists while her 10.5 assists per game ranked second.

In the season, Moreland had at least 21 assists in every match, with 30-plus assists in 31 matches, 40 or more assists 19 times and three more with at least 50. She recorded a season-best 59 assists against Brescia (Ky.) University on September 15. Her other two 50-plus assists matches were in conference play, 50 against Milligan (Tenn.) College and 52 versus Montreat (N.C.) College. Moreland also totaled 127 kills and served 52 aces.

Moreland also added her name to the Union record book when she tied the single-game digs mark with 34 versus Evangel (Mo.) University September 1.

She was named the NAIA Region XII Setter of the Week and five times and garnered the AAC weekly honor five times as well. Unfortunately, a knee injury on October 29 ended her season prematurity.

Pateman earned her first All-AAC nod after she collected 523 kills through the regular season, seven away from tying the Union single-season record. She bested her previous season high of 445 which came last season. Pateman averaged 3.3 kills per game with ten matches with ten-plus kills and three with 20 or more, which includes a 24-kill performance against the University of the Cumberlands. Her high in conference play was 19 kills two times, against Milligan (Tenn.) College and UVa-Wise.

She was named the Region XII and AAC Player of the Week on September 17 when she notched 86 kills for the week with 22 in the Brescia contest. Pateman also ranked sixth in the conference’s kills per game category.

Cooper garnered her third All-AAC honor, and her second straight All-AAC first team. She started her career with an All-AAC Freshmen Team selection in 2005. Cooper etched her name to the Union record book again when she recorded her 1,174th career kill at the Union College Volleyball Tournament in September. She moved past Angelica Varani and her record set in 2002 and pushed the record to 1,357 at the end of the regular season with a total of 388 kills so far this year. Cooper owns the single-season kills record of 527 set last year. In the 13 conference contest she played in, she had eight matches with ten or more kills which includes a season-best 16 versus conference-foe Bluefield (Va.) College September 8.

Vinovich has 424 kills in her second season from her outside hitter position. She bested her freshman total of 286 kills. In the Montreat contest on September 22, she totaled a season-best 18 kills with two other matches with 17 apiece.

Next for Union is the AAC Tournament, which begins Friday morning and is being contested at King College in Bristol, Tenn. The first-round opponent for Union, the top seed in the tournament, will be the winner between Virginia Intermont and Bluefield (Va.) College. Virginia Intermont and Bluefield will battle at 9 a.m. and then play Union at 11 a.m. Play will continue throughout Friday, with the championship match scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday.

All-AAC First Team

Monica Moreland - Union

Stephanie Pateman - Union

Marlee Cooper - Union

Ryann Tillman - King

Morgan Machen - King

Robin Renfroe - Bryan

Gaby Claxton - Bryan

Kathryn Rawley - Bryan

Natasha Viers - UVa-Wise

Brittany Lawson - UVa-Wise

Joanna McGill - Covenant

Allison Baumgartner - Montreat

All-AAC Second Team

Brooke Vinovich - Union

Danny Bowers - Montreat

Katie Fleming - King

Ashley Welch - Milligan

Jessica Forsythe - Virginia Intermont

Lindsay Brown - Virginia Intermont

All-AAC Freshmen Team

Monica Moreland - Union

Morgan Machen - King

Allison Young - Bryan

Allison Baumgartner - Montreat

Sam Puryea - UVa-Wise

Ashley Welch - Milligan