UNCW Press Release
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - UNCW senior outside hitter Nicole Lott was named first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association for the second straight year as the league office unveiled the all-conference teams on Thursday.
Joining Lott on the all-conference teams were freshman Kendall Bender and sophomore Anna Moss on the All-Rookie and All-Academic teams, respectively.
Lott led the Seahawks with 362 kills and 3.29 per set. Both of those numbers ranked fourth in the conference. The senior from West Chester, Pa., set a school-record with 29 kills and 82 attacks in a five set win over Elon.
(11/17/2016) 2016 Volleyball All-CAA Honorees
"This is a tremendous honor for Nicole to be honored amongst the top players in the conference when you consider our final standing in the CAA," said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. "It shows that Nicole is a respected six-rotation player, and has had to work extremely hard day-in and day-out to become the player she is today. "
Bender made the most of her opportunities as a freshman, playing 15 matches and totaling 73 blocks, ranking fourth on the Seahawks. In her first collegiate start, a win at NC State, Bender collected eight kills and nine blocks. She posted five matches of at least seven blocks and tied the UNCW single-match record of 11 against Hofstra.
"Kendall has a bright future as a Seahawk, and will continue our program legacy of strong blocking from our middle hitters. With more experience and training she is going to be fun to watch in the years to come.
Moss rounds out the UNCW All-CAA honorees, being named to the All-Academic team. The middle blocker posted 76 blocks on the season, ranking third on the squad, while playing in 21 matches. Moss fashioned eight matches of at least five blocks and against Wofford, knocked down a career-high 13 kills for a .444 hitting average.
"Anna (Moss) is everything you want in a student and in an athlete. She is dedicated to her studies in the classroom and as a result, she continues to be a student of the game and has a tireless work ethic."
The CAA tournament begins on Nov. 18 at Hanover Hall with fourth-seeded Hofstra taking on third-seeded Towson at 4 p.m.