LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior outside hitter Annika Schwartz of the Stevenson University women's volleyball team was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year, while Mustang head coach Dave Trumbo was named the AVCA Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year on Thursday.
In addition, Schwartz, senior Deanna Bradbury, junior Moriah Savage and sophomore Katie Leftridge were named to the AVCA All-Region team. Sophomore Caroline Dangel was named Honorable Mention All-Region.
A four-time All-Region selection, Schwartz currently leads the 15th-ranked Mustangs in kills (360), hitting percentage (.291) and service aces (67) while her 312 digs are third on the team and her 46 blocks are good for fourth. The program's all-time leader in kills and service aces, Schwartz collected MAC Commonwealth First Team honors for the third straight season in 2017. Last season, Schwartz earned AVCA Second Team All-America accolades.
Trumbo was named the regional Coach of the Year after guiding the Mustangs to a 32-1 record thus far, including an 8-0 MAC Commonwealth mark, and the program's highest-ever national ranking at No. 15. The Mustangs captured their sixth consecutive MAC Commonwealth title and seventh straight NCAA appearance. Trumbo, who is in his 11th season, won his 300th career match earlier this season and has a career record of 311-81 and the Mustangs enter NCAA play on a 20-match win streak.
Bradbury earned All-Region accolades for the third time in her career. In 2017, she leads the Mustangs with 494 digs as part of a defensive effort that has limited opponents to just a .103 hitting percentage on the season. Her 31 service aces are also second on the Mustangs. She was a MAC Commonwealth First Team selection this season.
Savage earned All-Region honors for the second straight season in 2017. Last season she was an honorable mention All-America pick. This season, her 259 kills are good for third on the team while she hit at a .239 clip. Her 70 blocks are third on the team. Savage also earned First Team All-Conference honors.
Leftridge, also a MAC Commonwealth First Team choice, sits second on the Mustangs with her 281 kills, while she has also racked up 295 digs and 43 blocks. Leftridge has hit .245 thus far. She has reached double digit kills in 11 matches and was named the AVCA national Player of the Week October 10 after posting 31 kills and 21 digs in a tri-match sweep of Washington and Lee and Juniata.
Dangel leads the Mustangs with 575 assists (5.64 a/s) while playing in a 6-2 formation and splitting setting duties with classmate Julie Nightwine. The Mustangs currently hit .248 as a team, ranking 10th nationally, while Dangel also had 244 digs defensively.
Stevenson is serving as the host of the eight-team Owings Mills Regional for the 2017 NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship and will face Hunter College on Friday night at 8:00 pm at Owings Mills Gymnasium.