BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College's Monica Moreland was named the Appalachian Athletic Conference Volleyball Setter of the Year, the conference announced Saturday. She was an All-AAC selection along with three other teammates.
Moreland was an All-AAC first-team selection with Stephanie Pateman (Weyburn, Canada). Autumn Combs (Florence, Ky.) and Brooke Vinovich (Somerset, Ky.) were placed on the conference's second team.
Moreland, a sophomore from Louisville, Ky. picked up her second straight AAC Setter of the Year award. She was the AAC Player and Freshman of the Year in 2007. Moreland added a spot on the All-AAC as well.
She led the conference with a 9.0 assists per set average. Overall, she had 561 assists which rank 2nd. She posted 30 or more assists in 15 AAC contests, with a high of 44 against Montreat (N.C.) College. Six times she had 15 or more digs and recorded nine double-doubles during conference play.
Pateman made the All-AAC team for the second straight season. The senior ranked third in the conference with 207 kills in 62 sets. She recorded double-digit kill totals in 16 of the 18 conference matches. In the other two AAC contests, she recorded nine and seven kills. This is the second straight year for the All-AAC honor for Pateman. She ended her Union career with 1,743 kills. Pateman was the first Lady Bulldog to pass 1,500 career kills in program history.
Combs, a junior, totaled 72 blocks in 62 sets to rank fourth in the total blocks category. In eight AAC matches, she registered five or more blocks. Combs also recorded a pair of 10-kill matches during the conference season. She was an All-AAC Freshman team selection in 2006. Combs also set the Union career kills record earlier in the season. She has 611 at the end of the 2008 season.
Vinovich, also a junior, totaled 175 kills in 61 conference sets. She also contributed 191 digs. Vinovich posted seven double-doubles in conference play, including five straight. Her conference high in kills came against Montreat with 18. She made the all-conference team last season.
Union won two matches on Saturday, but fell short in the AAC Tournament Championship match to King (Tenn.) College. The 2008 season ended with a 25-12 record and a third-place finish in the conference at 14-4.