Five Volleyball Scots Earn USA South Honors

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Five Covenant volleyball players earned season awards from the USA South, as the conference unveiled the awards on Thursday. Sophie Puertas earned first team All-USA South West Division honors, while Hannah Harris, Alexa Spurling, and Emily Moore were second team All-West Division honorees. 

Olivia Sanders was Covenant's representative on the All-Sportsmanship team.

Puertas, a sophomore from Coral Springs, Fla., earns her first career all-conference nod. The sophomore, in her first season as the starting setter, averaged 7.10 assists per set and totaled 689 assists on the year, both stats ranking fifth in the USA South. Puertas was third on the team in total digs with 246 (2.54) and recorded 13 double-doubles on the year. She also registered six matches of 40 or more assists, including a career-high 50 in a five-set win over Piedmont on Oct. 13.

Harris, a senior from Rochester, Minn., collects her second straight All-USA South West Division second team award. The senior produced 234 kills, 2.23 per set, to lead the Scots this season and she ranked seventh in the USA South in total attacks with 844. Harris had eight double-digit kill efforts on the year, with a season-high 16 coming in a win over LaGrange on Sept. 22. Defensively, Harris had a career-high 160 digs (1.52 per set) and tallied a single-match high 21 in a win over Piedmont (Oct. 13).

Spurling, a sophomore from Abingdon, Va., also earns her first all-conference honor with the second team selection. The sophomore had a breakout season with a career-best 202 kills, 1.96 per set, 67 total blocks, and 31 service aces. Spurling had seven matches with 11 or more kills, including a career-high 15 in a win over Maryville on Oct. 12. Spurling led the team in blocks and was eighth in the USA South in the category.

Moore, a junior from Fort Myers, Fla., also picked up her first all-conference award. The junior played multiple positions for the Scots over the course of the season, but mainly used along the back row. Moore averaged 3.50 digs per set and totaled 364 digs for the year. She had a career-high 35 digs in a win over LaGrange on Oct. 13. Moore also tallied 158 assists and had 27 service aces. 

Sanders, a freshman from Montevallo, Ala., was Covenant's representative on the All-Sportsmanship team. The freshman played in five matches and averaged 3.07 assists per set before being sidelined with an injury for the remainder of the season. In her collegiate debut, Sanders had 21 assists and seven digs against SUNY New Paltz on Aug. 31.

Meredith's Caroline Corey was named the USA South Player of the Year, while head coach Fiona Barkley earned Coach of the Year. Maryville freshman Meredith Bonee collected Rookie of the Year honors and William Peace's Emily Braxton was the Libero of the Year.

Covenant ended the year with a 15-13 overall record and 12-2 in the USA South. The Scots won their fourth straight USA South regular season division title.

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