Nov. 13, 2009
Atlanta, Ga. - The Shorter College volleyball team placed five players on the All-Southern States Athletic Conference teams as announced by the league offices on Friday morning.
Highlighting the group was freshman Jordan Corder, who in addition to being named one of three Lady Hawks to the All-SSAC first team was also named the SSAC Setter of the Year.
Corder, a native of Hazel Green, Ala., ranked third in the SSAC in total assists with 951 and fourth in assists per set, handing out an average of 8.2. Corder proved extremely durable in her inaugural campaign, playing in a team-high, 116 sets despite struggling with some minor knee issues midway through the season.
Corder also excelled defensively for head coach Jon Moseley, ranking second on the team with 290 digs. She committed just 33 ball-handling errors and led the team with 40 service aces.
Corder's Setter of the Year honor marks the second straight season that a Shorter player has captured the award - Lady Hawk all-time assist leader Kristy Walker took home the award for Moseley's crew in 2008.
Although Runion did not produce the quantity of kills she had the previous two seasons - Runion posted 404 kills in 2007 and a single-season record 408 in 2008 - her effectiveness was the best it had ever been during her career.
The Ringgold, Ga., native, who surpassed Kate Puckett as Shorter's all-time kills leader during the 2009 season, led the SSAC in hitting percentage at .334 and ranked second in the conference with 130 blocks.
Her 296 kills led the squad and give her 1,381 for her career.
Walton came on as a valuable second option for Corder and the Lady Hawk attack, ranking fourth in the SSAC in hitting percentage (.271) and second on the team in kills with 267.
Van Hofwegen shook of a mid-season ankle injury to post a career-high 373 digs in 100 sets played. She ranked fifth in the SSAC in digs per set at 3.7.
Olive sat out the first few games of the season while recovering from minor injuries, but came on strong once her number became a regular in the lineup. The Killen, Ala., native ranked fifth on the team with 204 kills, but was a consistent stat stuffer, finishing the regular season with 37 aces, 230 digs and 44 blocks.
She reached double figure kills seven times, including a 17-kill performance against Milligan College, had five service aces in a match against Spring Hill and turned in ten matches with double digit digs, including a season-high 15 in a crucial SSAC win at Columbia (S.C.) College on Oct. 24.
Colvard was named to the All-Academic Team for the third time and Cahill, an All-SSAC performer as a freshman in 2006, was also named Shorter's Musco Lighting Champion of Character award winner after fighting back from a 2007 knee injury that has plagued her into this season.
Cahill managed to post 62 kills in 43 sets this season.
Lee University's Milica Krsmanovic was named the SSAC Player of the Year and Columbia head coach Brian Solomon earned Coach of the Year honors.
Shorter, which won a school-record 25 matches this season and earned the No. 2 seed in the SSAC Tournament with a 9-3 league mark, will take on seventh-seeded Brewton-Parker College today at 12:15 p.m. in Cleveland, Tenn., in the quarterfinal round.