Rocha Earns Freshman of the Year and Justice Takes Player of the Year in Women’s Volleyball

HIGH POINT, N.C. - The Conference Carolinas announced the All-Conference Carolinas award winners for women's volleyball Thursday with Lees-McRae's Whitney Justice earning Player of the Year, Luana Rocha receiving Freshman of the Year and head coach Jamie Petrik taking home Coach of the Year. Lees-McRae also place two players on the First Team All-Conference, Justice and Rocha, and two players on Second Team All-Conference, Megan Epperson and Megan Mitchell.

Justice, a junior middle hitter, led the conference in hitting percentage with a .400 hitting percentage, was sixth in the conference with 3.03 kill per set and third in the conference in blocks per set. She paced the Lady Bobcats in those categories as well. Justice was First Team All-Conference and Player of the Year.

Rocha, a freshman, is first in the conference in digs per set with 5.51 digs per set and eighth in the conference in service aces with .41 per set as a defensive specialist. Rocha was First Team All-Conference and Freshman of the Year

Freshman setter Megan Mitchell and sophomore outside hitter Megan Epperson were named Second Team All-Conference.

Head coach Jamie Petrik was named Conference Coach of the Year for taking the Bobcats to first in the conference with a 27-5 overall record and a 17-1 conference record.

Head coaches from conference member institutions nominate and then vote on the award winners who represent the best of the best for the league.

All-Conference 1st-Team

Whitney Justice Lees-McRae College

Melissa Ritter Barton College

Melissa Thomas Limestone College

Jamie Lancaster Anderson University

Racey Bartley Mount Olive College

Luana Rocha Lees-McRae College

Joanie Werling Mount Olive College

All-Conference 2nd-Team

Galina Podolsky St. Andrews Presbyterian College

Kristina Mordini Pfeiffer University

Megan Epperson Lees-McRae College

Alicia Mote Mount Olive College

Alison Albers Erskine College

Courtney McDonald St. Andrews Presbyterian College

Megan Mitchell Lees-McRae College

All-Conference Third Team

Chelsea Anthony Limestone College

Christiane Maul Mount Olive College

Brittany Dickens Pfeiffer University

Larz Chabra Erskine College

Lindsay Doggett Anderson University

Freshman of the Year

Luana Rocha Lees-McRae College

Player of the Year

Whitney Justice Lees-McRae College

Coach of the Year

Jaime Petrik Lees-McRae College

Regular Season Champions

Lees-McRae College