FOREST, Va. --- Bridgewater College outside hitter Rachel Gaston earned three repeat honors and Randolph-Macon College garnered a league-high seven all-conference selections to headline the 2019 All-ODAC Volleyball Awards.
In addition to a second straight nod to the All-ODAC First Team, Gaston received repeat recognition as the ODAC Player of the Year from the leagues's head coaches and the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year from the ODAC's sports information directors. Virginia Wesleyan University mentor Andrea Hoover-Erbig picked up ODAC Coach of the Year honors, while Randolph-Macon outside Grace Parker was tabbed the ODAC Rookie of the Year.
Eleven players from last year's all-conference teams appear on this season's lists. BC's Gaston was joined by fellow Eagle Taylor McNeely as Bridgewater's libero moved up to the first team from last year's second team. Randolph-Macon middle Sydney Koch jumped from the third team to the first team, while former ODAC Player of the Year Miranda Hall appears on the third team.
Roanoke College outside Linsey Bailey and Virginia Wesleyan middle Amber Matalus repeat as first teamers, while Washington and Lee University middle Courtney Berry moved up to the first team from the third team. Both Guilford College and the University of Lynchburg had a pair of players earn second straight second team appointments. Quakers' setter Tina Eucker and outside Christian Ritter are joined by Hornets' outside Sydney Frink and libero Lauren Stanford in completing that list.
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Gaston, a senior from Mechanicsville, Va., is the seventh player in ODAC history to earn multiple ODAC volleyball top players awards. The last was Randolph-Macon's Courtney Lowers in 2014 and 2015. Gaston is currently second in the ODAC in kills per set (3.93) and points per set (4.3), third in kills (389) and total attacks (1183), fourth in points (430.5), eighth in digs per set (3.98), and ninth in digs (394). She registered double figures in kills in 27-of-30 matches played with 20 matches of double digit digs and 19 double-doubles. Gaston crossed 1,000 career kills for her career earlier this season and will graduate with 1,146 winners on her ledger at a 3.55 per-set clip.
A health and exercise science major, Gaston makes it three straight years in which an Eagle has won the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete awards, joining former teammate Carleigh Studtmann in 2017. Gaston maintains a 3.867 grade point average. A 2018 CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, Gaston is a perennial member of BC's Dean's List and a member of the Philomanthes Society at Bridgewater. She is on the SAAC Leadership Board and serves as an academic coach on campus. Gaston, who will attend PT school upon graduation from Bridgewater, has studied abroad in South Africa and Spain and spent this past summer in the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program at the University of Delaware.
Hoover-Erbig, in her 14th season guiding the Marlins program, enjoys her second ODAC Coach of the Year award, pairing this season's honor with the one she earned in 2008. Virginia Wesleyan has put together an historic season, beginning with a program record 28 victories following the ODAC Tournament. The Marlins played in just their second conference title match on Saturday, November 9, and lifted the program's first league trophy following a 3-1 victory over Randolph-Macon. Virginia Wesleyan will be making its first appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament as the ODAC's automatic qualifier.
Parker, a first-year from Andover, N.J., was trusted by head coach Bill Rogers as a six rotation player and she responded with a banner campaign. Parker led Randolph-Macon in kills with 307 and added 299 digs and 35 blocks, the former number ranking second on the squad. Her kills and digs totals rank eighth and 20th in the ODAC. She is third with 49 aces and sixth with 375.0 points. Parker, who earned ODAC Player of the Week honors in October, has registered nine matches of 10 or more kills and digs. She posted a season-best 17 kills in a 3-2 win at Mary Washington and a high of 23 digs in a 3-2 setback to Salisbury.
Listed below are the 2019 All-ODAC Volleyball Awards. For more information, visit any of the participating schools' websites, or go to the ODAC's home on the Internet at www.odaconline.com. Don't forget to become a fan of the ODAC on Facebook and follow @odacathletics on Twitter and Instagram.
ALL-ODAC VOLLEYBALL AWARDS
Player of the Year: Rachel Gaston, Sr., OH, Bridgewater
Coach of the Year: Andrea Hoover-Erbig, Virginia Wesleyan
Rookie of the Year: Grace Parker, Fy., OH, Randolph-Macon
ODAC/Va. Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Rachel Gaston, Sr., OH, Bridgewater
|ALL-ODAC FIRST TEAM|
|Amber Matalus*||Sr.||MH||Virginia Wesleyan|
|Courtney Berry+||Jr.||MB||Washington and Lee|
|Brynne Gould||Jr.||OH||Washington and Lee|
|ALL-ODAC SECOND TEAM|
|Greta Coss||Jr.||Opp.||Virginia Wesleyan|
|ALL-ODAC THIRD TEAM|
|Haley Sutton||Fy.||S||Virginia Wesleyan|
|Alyssa Taylor||Sr.||L||Virginia Wesleyan|
|Lauren Topper||Sr.||MH||Virginia Wesleyan|
|* 2018 All-ODAC First Team
^ 2018 All-ODAC Second Team
+ 2018 All-ODAC Third Team