North Carolina senior libero Ece Taner has been named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year, and North Carolina’s Joe Sagula was named Coach of the Year as the All-ACC Volleyball Team was announced Wednesday.
Miami senior outside hitter Savanah Leaf has been selected as the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Volleyball Player of the Year.
Duke’s senior setter Kelsey Williams was named Setter of the Year, and Miami’s Haley Templeton was chosen as the Freshman of the Year. Templeton headlines the nine-person All-Freshman Team. The awards were decided based on a vote of the league’s 15 head coaches.
Leaf, a native of San Anselmo, California, ranks first in the conference and 16th in the nation with 4.56 kills per set. She is just the second student-athlete from Miami to earn Player of the Year honors and the first since Lane Carico in 2011. Leaf led the Hurricanes to a third place finish in the conference with a 14-4 record.
Taner earns the second Defensive Player of the Year honors after helping the Tar Heels earn the 2014 ACC Volleyball Title. Taner ranks second in the conference with 4.48 digs per set and becomes the second libero from North Carolina to earn the award since its inception in 2009.
Williams is awarded the first-ever Setter of the Year honor after ranking first in the conference and sixth nationally in assists per set with 11.70. The inaugural winner was instrumental in the Blue Devils’ ACC leading 14.18 assists and 14.97 kills per set.
Templeton is the second Miami student-athlete and the first since Carico in 2008 to be named ACC Freshman of the Year. As a rookie, Templeton ranked second in the conference with 11.02 assists per set and played a key role in Leaf’s conference leading kills per set average.
North Carolina’s Sagula led the Tar Heels to a 26-2 overall and, 17-1 ACC record in earning his fourth ACC Coach of the Year honor (1998, 2002, 2005, 2014). Overall, Sagula has been at the helm for six (1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2008, 2014) of North Carolina’s 16 conference titles in program history. Under his guidance during the 2014 season, North Carolina saw four players named members of All-ACC teams, a ranking as high as No. 7 in the AVCA poll and the No. 7 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Eleven different schools are represented on the All-ACC Team, led by Duke and Florida State’s five student-athletes. Four from North Carolina were recognized, followed by three from Louisville, Miami and Pitt, two from Virginia and Virginia Tech and one apiece from Clemson, Syracuse and Wake Forest.
Joining Templeton on the All-Freshman Team are Clemson’s Kate Federico, Florida State’s Milica Kubura, Louisville’s Tess Clark and Maggie Dejong, NC State’s Kaitlyn Kearney, Notre Dame’s Sam Fry and Wake Forest’s Kylie Long and Caroline Wolf.
ACC teams will begin play in the 2014 NCAA Championship on Thursday, Dec. 4, with Florida State in action, while Duke, Miami and North Carolina will get their postseason underway on Friday, Dec. 5.
2014 ACC Volleyball Individual Awards
Player of the Year: Savanah Leaf, Sr., OH, Miami
Defensive Player of the Year: Ece Taner, Sr., L, North Carolina
Setter of the Year: Kelsey Williams, Sr., S, Duke
Freshman of the Year: Haley Templeton, Fr., S, Miami
Coach of the Year: Joe Sagula, North Carolina
2014 All-ACC Volleyball First Team
Jeme Obeime ! Sr. OH Duke
Emily Sklar ! Sr. OH Duke
Kelsey Williams Sr. S Duke
Sarah Burrington So. MB Florida State
Katie Mosher ! Sr. L Florida State
Nicole Walch ! Jr. OH Florida State
Katie George Jr. S Louisville
Janelle Jenkins So. OH Louisville
Savanah Leaf ! Sr. OH Miami
Emani Sims # Sr. MB Miami
Chaniel Nelson # Sr. OPP North Carolina
Paige Neuenfeldt ! Jr. MB North Carolina
Ece Taner Sr. L North Carolina
Amanda Orchard Jr. MH Pitt
Kathryn Caine ! Sr. MB Virginia Tech
Lindsey Owens So. OH Virginia Tech
2014 All-ACC Volleyball Second Team
Karis Watson Sr. MB Clemson
Sasha Karelov So. L Duke
Jordan Tucker So. MB Duke
Katie Horton So. OH Florida State
Kiara Wright Jr. MH Florida State
Tess Clark Fr. MB Louisville
Haley Templeton Fr. S Miami
Victoria McPherson ! Jr. MB North Carolina
Delaney Clesen Sr. L Pitt
Kate Yeazel Sr. RS Pitt
Silvi Uattara So. OH Syracuse
Jasmine Burton ! So. OPP Virginia
Lauren Fuller ! Jr. S Virginia
Jazmen Russell Sr. OH Wake Forest
2014 All-ACC Freshman Team
Kate Federico S Clemson
Milica Kubura RS Florida State
Tess Clark MB Louisville
Maggie Dejong MB Louisville
Haley Templeton S Miami
Kaitlyn Kearney MB NC State
Sam Fry MB Notre Dame
Kylie Long OH Wake Forest
Caroline Wolf L Wake Forest
! – Two-time selection
# – Three-time selection