Fairfield’s Howard named MVP of SEC
In keeping with tradition, Fairfield senior Sydney Howard has been named the 2012 Southeast Conference Player of the Year, sharing the honor with Mount Pleasant senior Elinor Krieger-Coble.
The first-time selection of Howard, voted on by league coaches, marks the seventh straight season a Trojan has been named the SEC’s best player. Tori Ogden won the honor the previous two seasons for Fairfield.
Howard helped her team to a 27-8 record and undefeated 8-0 mark in conference play. She had 206 kills and the team’s top kill efficiency (.161) to go with 353 digs and 28 ace serves.
Senior Erin Thompson and junior Sydney Burnett joined Howard on the all-SEC first team as two-time selections. Thompson, the team’s right side hitter, finished the season with team highs in kills (223) and aces (62). Thompson also had 188 digs, 93 assists and 39 blocks. As Fairfield’s setter, Burnett supplied 476 assists along with 333 digs.
Other first team selections included Mount Pleasant’s Kelsi Phipps, Lauren Kimball of Washington and Fort Madison’s Kristen Wells.
Senior Sidney Baumann and junior Cheyanne Laux were named to the all-SEC second team. Baumann finished the season with 219 kills and 279 digs, and Laux led the Trojans’ back row with 509 digs.
Juniors Marisa Repp, Hanna Greiner and McKenna Ledger were named honorable mention.
The Trojans also squeezed 14 onto the conference’s all-academic team, which includes all juniors and seniors who earned a grade point average of 3.25 or better in the most recent grading period. Recipients include Haley Grunwald, Keri Schwarz, Valerie Payne, Erica Winslow, Brooke Stever, Ashley Manning, Baumann, Greiner, Laux, Repp, Thompson, Ledger, Burnett and Howard.