RALEIGH, N.C. -- After claiming a share of the USA South East Division Regular Season Championship last week, the Meredith College volleyball program collected more honors Thursday with the announcement of conference volleyball awards. Junior outside hitter Caroline Corey earned her second individual honor and MCVB's first as the Player of the Year, and Head Coach Fiona Barkley garnered Coach of the Year honors. Both awards mark a first for Meredith volleyball and lead a slate of MCVB recognition.
Corey collects her second career individual honor after earning Rookie of the Year in 2016. The first Avenging Angel to be named Volleyball Player of the Year, Corey collects First Team All-Conference and First Team East Division honors for the third consecutive season. She leads the conference in points scored per set with 4.3 while also averaging 3.58 kills and 2.81 digs per set with a .225 hitting percentage. Additionally, Corey tallied 45 service aces, 23 blocks, and 16 assists so far this fall. In matches versus USA South opposition Corey averaged 3.75 kills, 2.86 digs, and 4.3 points per set with a .241 hitting percentage. She was named USA South Player of the Week twice during the season.
In her 11th year leading Meredith and one year removed from taking a season away from the bench, Barkley earns her first USA South Volleyball Coach of the Year honor. She directed MCVB to their second USA South Regular Season Championship this fall, and the first since 2014, with a share of the East Division title posting a 15-1 mark in conference action. With a current 21-4 overall record, Barkley led Meredith to five 20-plus win seasons. She now takes the Avenging Angels into the USA South Tournament semifinals as the East's top seed and host, looking to capture the tournament title for the second time in three years.
Meredith's lone senior, Haley Reeg collected her first volleyball season award this season as a member of the East Division First Team, also being named to the All-Sportsmanship team. Reeg ranks in the top-20 among league players with 12 block solos, 46 total blocks, and 0.55 blocks per set. She added 137 kills, eight assists, and 11 digs thus far for MCVB.
Junior Cathy Delano landed on the East Division Second Team as the Avenging Angels' top blocker. She ranks in the USA South's top-10 with 54 block assists, 63 total blocks, and 0.74 blocks per set this season and third in the league with 48 service aces. Delano also contributed 132 kills, 15 assists, and 59 digs.
USA South Volleyball Tournament semifinal action begins Friday, Nov. 2, at 4 p.m. in Weatherspoon Gymnasium as East second-seed William Peace will face West fourth-seed Piedmont College. Meredith will battle the West third-seed Maryville Scots at 6:30 p.m. Championship action is set to begin at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Follow live action for all matches at the tournament championship website.
Admission will be charged to enter all USA South Tournament matches (general adult admission $6, faculty/staff/student/child/senior admission $3).