By Nick Porter
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Southern Virginia University senior outside and right-side hitter Hannah Allred was tabbed as the Capital Athletic Conference's women's volleyball Player of the Year on Tuesday after leading the Knights to a third-place finish and best record in ten years. Allred, along with fellow senior and team kill leader Penny Gwynn, were named to the All-CAC First Team.
Allred marks the first women's volleyball player to earn a major award in the CAC. The Stansbury Park, Utah native was a team leader in nearly every category, leading the team with .52 service aces per set, and second on the team in kills (363), kills per set (3.82), digs (282) and a hitting percentage of .259.
Allred also recorded 12 double-doubles this season and had a season-high 23 kills against Frostburg. Her season-high 19 digs came in a win over Merideth, alongside 19 kills.
"Hannah has such a deep love for the game of volleyball which has driven her to work hard at it for years and years," commented head coach Nicole Gwynn. "It's hard to find someone who loves this game as much as she does. She's a great competitor and has been a great leader."
What is said of Hannah is also true of Penny.
"Penny is a fierce competitor and an extremely hard worker," Coach Gwynn, Penny's older sister, said. "She's a very dynamic player and plays her role from any spot on the court."
Both players tie their success to each other, building off of each other and setting up the attack regardless who is on the front or back row.
Penny (Hamilton, Mont.) led the team in multiple offensive categories and is also second in the conference with 404 kills and 4.04 kills per set. She recorded eight double-doubles this season and had her career-high 25 kills against Wesley and season-high 20 digs against Frostburg alongside 20 kills.
Read the CAC release here.