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Salter named SAA Newcomer of the Year

(L to R) Jeneva Salter, Katie McCormack, Lauren Bedford (photos by Jimmy Mitchell)
(L to R) Jeneva Salter, Katie McCormack, Lauren Bedford (photos by Jimmy Mitchell)

CONWAY, Ark.—Freshman Jeneva Salter was named the Southern Athletic Association Volleyball Newcomer of the Year, and five Panthers earned All-Conference accolades, the league office announced today at the SAA Championship banquet in Conway, Ark.

In exclusive voting by the league's head coaches, Salter and senior setter Katie McCormack earned First-Team All-SAA honors, while senior libero Lauren Bedford was named Second-Team All-Conference. Junior middle blocker Laura Van Peursem and freshman outside hitter Marjorie Ward were also named to the Honorable Mention team.

Salter, an outside hitter from Madison, Ala., displayed preternatural abilities in her first year on the courts on her way to winning Newcomer of the Year. She stamped a remarkable freshman campaign by leading the conference in points with 225.5 on the season. Salter also led the way in the league in kills (219) and kills per set (4.29) while ranking second overall in total attacks (521) and third overall in hitting percentage (0.292). In fact, Salter's yearly overall total of 4.14 kills per set ranks number one for the entire South Region and in the top 30 in the nation, demonstrating her dominating debut season.

McCormack, from Germantown, Tenn., led the league in assists (528) and assists per set (10.35). She also ranks among the top 30 in the nation in assists per set. Bedford, from Trussville, Ala., is second in the conference with 270 digs and fourth with 5.29 digs per set.

The Panthers are currently competing in the SAA Championship as the second seed, and defeated No. 7 Sewanee in the first round this evening, 3-0. BSC will face the winner of the match between No. 3 Berry and No. 6 Rhodes taking place this evening.