Sterling Highlights Volleyball's KIAC Honors
MIDWAY, Ky. - After Saturday's KIAC Semifinal matchup with Point Park (Pa.) University the KIAC was enlightened to the 2013 KIAC All-Conference teams.
Sarah Sterling, a junior outside hitter for the Eagles, garnered Player of the Year honors in the KIAC this season. Allison Rehner joined Sterling on the first team and head coach JP Rader was honored with Coach of the Year. Senior libero Kelly Cole also was honored with a Second-Team Selection.
Sterling, who reached 1,000 kills this season, is the Eagles' kills and attacking percentage leader. She is nationally ranked in nearly every attacking category including kills (18th) and attacking percentage (29th). Her 3.5 kills per game was first in the conference and on the team.
Rehner joins her classmate on the first team as another one of the Eagles' outside hitters. Rehner and Sterling balance each other out and provide the opponent with plenty to worry about. Rehner also reached 1,000 kills earlier this season, just three games after Sterling. Rehner is second on the team in kills and kills per game.
Head coach JP Rader took home his second Coach of the Year award in his fifth season at the helm of the Eagles. This season his team started off 6-6 but have since gone 28-1 and qualified for the NAIA National tournament. The Eagles' 10-1 KIAC regular season record led to an automatic bid via conference regular season championship. On Saturday he also led his team to a KIAC Conference Championship, the first in his five seasons.
Cole, the Eagles' all-time leader in digs, was honored with a Second-Team selection. Cole is possibly the most decorated Eagle as she was recognized earlier this month as an All-District Academic Student Athlete by CoSIDA. She also ranks in the top-10 in digs per game and total digs in the NAIA.
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