ODAC Announces All-ODAC Volleyball Awards

ODAC Announces All-ODAC Volleyball Awards

FOREST, Va. --- ODAC champion Randolph-Macon College collected a pair of special individual honors and Virginia Wesleyan University garnered a league-high five all-conference honors to headline the 2022 All-ODAC Women's Volleyball Awards.

Yellow Jackets' outside Grace Parker earned ODAC Player of the Year distinction from the league's head coaches, while setter Milly Mach collected ODAC Rookie of the Year laurels. Averett University head coach Olivia Earls received ODAC Coach of the Year recognition, and Randolph College outside Tomi-Lauren McGinnis earned ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors from the conference's athletic communications personnel for a second straight season.

Just short of half of this season's 24 All-ODAC honorees appear on an awards team for a second straight year. Five of those 11 standouts are repeat selections on this season's All-ODAC First Team. Setters Grace Hayes from Bridgewater College, Haley Sutton from Virginia Wesleyan, and Ashley Webb from Washington and Lee each earned a second first team nod. The same can be said for R-MC's Parker and W&L outside Sydney Heifner, last season's ODAC Player of the Year.

Generals libero Caroline Gard, a first teamer in 2021 is one of four repeat award winners on the All-ODAC Second Team. University of Lynchburg outside Abbi Leeper and VWU outside Morgan Ludovici appear on this season for a second season, while Shenandoah University outside Jillian Warter moved up from last year's All-ODAC Third Team. Eastern Mennonite University opposite Paris Hutchinson is a third team pick this season after earning first team laurels in 2021. Marlins middle Emma Claytor, the 2021 ODAC Rookie of the Year and a second team selection a year ago, earned a third team assignment this season.

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Parker, a senior from Andover, N.J., has put together the most prolific offensive season in ODAC history with at least one more match to go in the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament. Parker reset the ODAC single-season for kills earlier this season, a mark which currently stands at 553 following the ODAC Tournament. She snapped the previous mark of 517 set by former Roanoke standout Heather Cook in 2004. Parker is averaging 5.42 kills per set, while her 5.41 kills-per-set mark entering the ODAC semifinals led all Division III players. Parker has registered 30-plus kills in four matches, leading the country in most kills in a four-set match (31) and posting the top-three single-match totals in five-set affairs (36, 35, 34). Her 36-kill match in a 3-2 loss at Washington and Lee is tied for third-most in ODAC history with former Sweet Briar College standout Briana Beckham's effort in a match against Emory & Henry College in 2002. In addition to kills and kills per set, Parker leads the ODAC in points earned (618.0) and points earned per set (6.1). She is second in total attacks (1,297), seventh in attack percentage (.272), and has collected 243 digs (2.38/set), 46 blocks, and 40 aces.

Earls is in her first season guiding the Cougars volleyball program. She is the first recipient of an ODAC special individual honor in Averett history with the school joining the conference from the USA South this past summer. Earls, a former four-year player and team captain at Roanoke, guided Averett to a 10-2 mark in its first ODAC campaign, earning the second seed in the conference tournament. That league record powered AU to a 20-11 overall mark. 

Mach, a freshman from Chesapeake, Va., evolved throughout her first season in Ashland to take over guiding the Yellow Jackets offense as a six-rotation setter by the end of the campaign. She also provided a new dimension to Randolph-Macon's front-line defense given her height (6-0). Mach has registered 735 assists at 7.21 per set. That includes 469 helpers since October 1 at 8.69 assists per set. She has posted 10 matches of at least 30 assists with a season-high 63 in a 3-2 win over Birmingham-Southern. That mark is just outside the ODAC's all-time top-10 and ranks fifth in Division III this season. Mach has contributed 118 digs and 41 blocks to R-MC's defense. She has also proved adept when she called her own number on attacks, posting 30 kills in 84 attempts (.250 attack pct.)

McGinnis, a senior from Ringgold, Va., shines both on and off the floor for Randolph. In the classroom, McGinnis maintains a 4.00 grade point average as a history major. She is a three-time All-ODAC Academic Team honoree and earned a selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team each of the past two seasons. She is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma (student-athlete), Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership), and Phi Alpha Theta (history) national honor societies. She soon will qualify for Phi Beta Kappa honor society status. McGinnis has revived The Sundial, Randolph's student-run newspaper, following three years of dormancy and serves as its managing editor. She previously participated in a Summer Research Program assessing the monument landscape throughout Virginia. She was also previously enrolled in an internship program researching the history of Randolph's land from the Monacan Nation's presence and past anthropological associations with the College. She helped lead a Land Acknowledgement Ceremony honoring the Monacan National and the land where Randolph now sits.

On the court, McGinnis collected 88 kills (1.02/set) over 385 attacks. She also picked up 197 digs (2.29/set) and registered 19 aces. In her best statistical match of the season, she equalled her career-high with 14 kills on a .364 attack percentage with seven digs, three aces, and two blocks in a 3-2 non-conference win over Pfeiffer University.

Listed below are the 2022 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.

Player of the Year: Grace Parker, Sr., OH, Randolph-Macon
Coach of the Year: Olivia Earls, Averett
Rookie of the Year: Milly Mach, Fr., S, Randolph-Macon
ODAC/Va. Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Tomi-Lauren McGinnis, Sr., OH, Randolph

Erin Gray Jr. L Averett
Sarah Marlowe Jr. OH Averett
Grace Hayes* Sr. S Bridgewater
Grace Parker* Sr. OH Randolph-Macon
Abigail Mahoney Jr. OH Virginia Wesleyan
Haley Sutton* Sr. S Virginia Wesleyan
Sydney Heifner* Jr. OH Washington and Lee
Ashley Webb* Sr. S Washington and Lee
Morgan Barnes Sr. MH Averett
Rachael Meyers So. MH Bridgewater
Mya Green So. S Lynchburg
Abbi Leeper^ Sr. OH Lynchburg
Peyton Kirchner So. MH Roanoke
Jillian Warter+ Jr. OH Shenandoah
Morgan Ludovici^ Jr. OH Virginia Wesleyan
Caronline Gard* Sr. L Washington and Lee
Lisa O'Grady Sr. OPP Bridgewater
Paris Hutchinson Jr. OPP Eastern Mennonite
Taylor Joyner So. OH Ferrum
Brooke Murdock Fy. MH Randolph
Megan Bost Jr. RS Randolph-Macon
Milly Mach Fy. S Randolph-Macon
Emma Claytor^ So. MB Virginia Wesleyan
Becca Hallingstad Sr. L Virginia Wesleyan
* 2022 Spring All-ODAC First Team
^ 2022 Spring All-ODAC Second Team
+ 2022 Spring All-ODAC Third Team