NOTE: This is the fourth of a weekly summer series on athletics.covenant.edu highlighting some of the top athletic moments and accomplishments from the 2015-16 academic year. This is not a ranking, or even a full comprehensive list, because of the many great accomplishments Covenant athletic programs had during the year. We hope you enjoy a look back at the many triumphs of the Covenant Scots during the 2015-16 year. --- Andrew Mindeman, Sports Information Director.
A lot was accomplished in the 2015 season for the Covenant volleyball team. The Lady Scots, under third-year head coach Joanna Ehman, climbed to the top of the USA South Athletic Conference and earned the program's first bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Not only was it the first NCAA Tournament appearance for the program, but also the first conference tournament title since 1979 and the first time on record that the Lady Scots had claimed a conference regular season and tournament crown in the same year.
First, Covenant earned the South division title in the USA South by finishing regular season play with a 13-3 conference record, winning a program-record 13 straight USA South matches at one point. In the process, the Lady Scots claimed the top overall seed in the USA South Tournament, which meant being able to host the entire tournament inside Barnes Physical Education Center.
The Lady Scots took advantage of playing on their home court as they stormed to a conference tournament championship. Led by the play of senior All-American Chelsea VanDyk and sophomores Ginny Moore and Schuyler Moore, Covenant defeated Ferrum (3-0), Meredith (3-1) and two-time conference champion Maryville (3-1) en route to a title. Ginny Moore was named tournament MVP after tallying double-doubles in all three matches, while Schuyler Moore and VanDyk each took spots on the All-Tournament team. The championship match broke the attendance record for a volleyball contest at Barnes PE Center with over 400 fans in attendance.
Covenant earned the No. 7 seed in the Mount Berry Regional of the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Scots matched up with No. 2 seed Hendrix in the first round and fell in three sets. Hendrix later advanced to the national semifinals before being eliminated. Covenant finished the year 19-13 overall.
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