LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- For the second consecutive season, the Covenant volleyball team posted 22 or more victories. The Lady Scots finished the 2012 season with a 25-8 record and accumulated a plethora of accolades along the way. Covenant finished with a perfect 10-0 record in conference play to earn the GSAC regular season title as the Lady Scots dropped just one set in conference matches.
The conference title for the Lady Scots marked the first NCAA Division III conference title for the volleyball program.
The last two seasons, Covenant has posted a record of 47-17 overall and 19-2 in conference matches. The volleyball teams have also garnered numerous individual awards throughout the last two years as they became the strongest program within the GSAC.
The postseason awards were many. First, freshman Chelsea Van Dyk was voted GSAC Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year and also earned a spot on the NCCAA Mid-East All-Region team. Sophomore Stephanie Kirkpatrick was selected GSAC All-Conference, NCCAA Mid-East All-Region, and CoSIDA Academic All-District. Junior Estes Carlson and senior Jessica Chittenden each received All-GSAC honors as well. Freshman Cora Schroeder was chosen as a GSAC All-Freshman performer along with Van Dyk.
In addition, Chittenden, Kirkpatrick, and senior Paige Cheney were all recognized on the GSAC All-Academic team.
Head Coach Heather Taylor earned Coach of the Year honors both in the GSAC and the NCCAA Mid-East Region. Taylor recorded her 100th win as head coach at Covenant during the season as well.
One of the highlights of the season came during Homecoming weekend. Covenant hosted a tri-match and, in its second match of the day, faced Asbury University. Asbury had defeated the Lady Scots in three sets in the 2011 NCCAA Mid-East Region tournament which had Covenant looking to avenge the tough postseason loss. Asbury went ahead 2-1 going into the fourth set on this Saturday afternoon. Covenant responded and pulled out the next two sets to cap the come-from-behind win.
Covenant had a stretch during the middle part of the season where they won 12 of 13 matches. The Lady Scots finished the regular season having won eight in a row and then won the first match at the NCCAA Mid-East Region Tournament before falling twice to get eliminated.
Chittenden and Cheney are the two graduating seniors on this season's team. With almost everyone expected to return next season, Covenant looks to have more success as the school moves into full-time NCAA Division III member status and also a member of the USA South Conference.
**This is the fifth in a week-long series recapping the fall sports season at Covenant. Below are links and a schedule to the rest of the season recaps.
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