Pacers earn No. 2 seed in NCAA Southeast Region
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The USC Aiken volleyball team is the No. 2 seed in the upcoming NCAA Southeast Regional, which was announced late Sunday night by the NCAA.
The Pacers (21-4) will take on No. 7 Lincoln Memorial (20-9) at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Wingate University.
USCA won the Peach Belt Conference regular-season title while the Railsplitters reached the South Atlantic Conference Championship before falling to Wingate.
It marks the fifth consecutive season USC Aiken has earned a berth in the NCAA Southeast Regional – and the second time during that span that it has been played at Wingate.
USCA, which fell in the PBC semifinals to Georgia College, cleaned house at the conference awards banquet. Junior middle blocker Christine Carroll was named Co-Player of the Year, an honor she shared with Georgia College’s Taylor Svehla. Junior libero Rebecca Martinez earned Libero of the Year for the second year in a row, redshirt-sophomore right side hitter Kelsey Spurlin earned the Elite 15 Award, and head coach Glenn Cox was named Coach of the Year for the third time in the last four years.
Carroll and Martinez were each named first-team All-PBC, and sophomore outside hitter Alie Smith was named to the second team.
Bearcats’ Reed named Setter of the Year
Lander freshman Madilyn Reed, a Midland Valley grad, is the first Bearcat to be named PBC Setter of the Year. A three-time league Specialist of the Week this season, Reed has been a key piece in Lander’s resurgence. The Bearcats were the No. 2 team in the PBC, their highest seed since 2007. Reed was also picked second-team All-PBC.
Lander (22-7) is the No. 5 seed in the Southeast Region and faces No. 4 Anderson (27-5) at 5 p.m. Thursday, and top-seeded Wingate (29-1) takes on No. 8 Emmanuel (23-8) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. No. 3 Augusta (24-7) and No. 6 Georgia College (16-12) get things started at noon Thursday.