Five Demons receive all-conference volleyball accolades
Five Washington athletes were honored when the Southeast Conference released its all-conference volleyball teams this morning.
Senior Lauren Kimball was selected to the All-SEC first team after leading the league in assists this season, setting for 239 in SEC play. She also served 96.9 percent, fifth-best in the conference, and she totaled 12 kills and 72 digs in conference matches.
“She did a great job for us,” Washington head coach Jeff Spenner said. “She was the leading setter in the conference. She did a really good job just controlling the ball and giving our hitters a good ball to hit.”
Senior outside hitter Sammy Ellingson was selected to the All-SEC second team. Ellingson served 97.6 percent this year, the second-best mark in the league. Her 142 digs ranked third in the conference, and she also had 57 kills in SEC play.
“She was second in serving percentage and also one of the leading diggers,” Spenner said of Ellingson. “She did a good job on serve receive also. She was also a spark plug on the floor. She got people up and did a good job for us.”
Senior Beth Dillon and juniors Stephanie Fishback and Maddie Collins received all-conference honorable mention for Washington, which finished 13-16 overall and fourth in the SEC with a 2-6 mark.
Dillon, a middle blocker, ranked sixth in the conference in digs with 139, and she was eighth in the league in kills with 70. She served 95.1 percent on the season, and her 11 aces ranked eighth in the conference. She also totaled 11 blocks.
“Beth kept getting better and better. She was a great surprise,” Spenner said. “Her blocking was really good at the end of the year, and she did a great job with hitting and digging.”
Fishback, an outside hitter, also ranked among the league leaders in several categories. She ranked fourth in digs (139), sixth in kills (79), ninth in serving (95.5 percent) and 10th in aces (10).
“Stephanie had a great year,” Spenner said. “She led us in kills and dug the ball really well. She’s only going to get better.”
Collins, a libero, ranked ninth in digs with 102 in conference play.
“For her first year in the program, Maddie did a really good job,” Spenner said. “Her passing and digging kept getting better throughout the year.”
Eleven Demons earned academic all-conference honors. All four of Washington’s seniors — Kimball, Ellingson, Dillon and Johannah Vittetoe — made the list, as well as juniors Fishback, Kaytlyn Christner, Michelle Holland, Lynnette Kennedy, Samantha Mullens, Carly Shelman and Erica Zieglowsky.
“The girls did a really good job with the academic side of things,” said Spenner, whose team boasted a 3.416 grade point average this season. “To get that many girls on there, they really have to focus on the academics along with their athletics. I thought they did a really good job.”