Clarion women’s volleyball takes clean sweep of PSAC awards

Clarion volleyball didn’t win the PSAC tournament, but it cleaned house when it came to post-season awards.

The Golden Eagles walked away with the PSAC West Athlete of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year awards.

PSAC West Athlete of the Year went to senior setter Laura Subject.

She won the award for the second straight year.

Subject finished the regular season with 140.5 overall points.

She recorded 1,285 set assists.

Her average of 11.37 sets per set led the conference and ranks as 16th best in all of Division II.

With her exceptional season, Subject moved into the top five all in school history in set assists.vball online

“It means so much to get recognized,” said Subject. “I definitely couldn’t have been as successful as I was this year without my teammates. I can’t get assists without hitters who get kills and passers who give me great passes.”

Clarion’s next award was Defensive Player of the Year which went to junior libero Morgan Seybold.

She recorded 720 digs.

Her average of 6.37 digs per set led the conference for the second straight season and ranks fourth in the nation.

“She is a hard-working player and a great teammate,” Clarion’s eighth-year head coach Jennifer Mills told Clarion Sports Information. “She came in as an outside hitter and being moved to libero is something she embraced and really wanted. I’m proud of the way she has come along.”

The next Golden Eagle to receive an award was freshman middle hitter Gabby Olson.

Olson was named Rookie of the Year.

In her freshman campaign, Olson recorded 307 total points, with 252 kills and a team best 17 blocked shots.

“I’m humbled to be winning this award.” said Olson. “I know that any other amazing freshman in the West could have got this award…all of my hard work has paid off. I’m truly blessed.”

The last award Clarion garnered went to the person responsible for the seasons of the players.

Mills won her third Coach of the Year award in her eight years at Clarion (2010, 2013).

Mills had to replace four starters from last year’s squad and started three freshman this season.

The Golden Eagles were still able to win 29 games and win the PSAC West regular season title with a record of 20-2.

But Mills takes none of the credit.

“While I am extremely humbled that my peers selected me for this award” said Mills, “I think we all know how important it is to have a hard-working group of student athletes and a hard-working assistant coach for that award to become possible.”

Mills went on to commend the award winners.

“I couldn’t be happier for them.” Mills said. “They are all hard-working student athletes who exemplify what our program is striving for. They are great teammates.”

Clarion’s journey is not yet over for this season.

They received a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth year and will face Edinboro University Nov. 20 at 2:30 p.m.

Clarion defeated Edinboro twice during the season.

If Clarion wins, they will have a chance to get a revenge on California University (P.a.) who knocked them out of the PSAC Tournament in the first round.

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