Jan. 28, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU volleyball coaches announced their team awards at a team dinner, and Caroline Young walked away with three awards including the Mustang Award, which is the only award voted on by the players and is given to the player who best demonstrates dedication to the program and SMU, determination and desire.
Young, who was named All-America Honorable Mention and First Team All-Midwest Region as a sophomore, was named SMU Offensive Player of the Year and MVP after leading the Mustangs and ranking ninth in Conference USA with 3.39 kills per set, scoring 397 overall. She was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week twice, and led the league in aces, recording 51.
"I am proud of all the award winners," head coach Lisa Seifert said, "but I am especially proud of Caroline Young. I am happy that she was able to see all of her hard work pay off. She is a passionate athlete who is always doing more than what is asked of her.
"Obviously, statistics are necessary when selecting a MVP but it's also important to look at how the athlete performs in tough situations. Caroline wants the ball at 23-23 and the majority of the time she is scoring the next point," Seifert concluded emphatically.
Junior Maddie Lozano was named SMU Defensive Player of the Year. The Arizona transfer finished fourth in C-USA with 132 blocks in her first season in the league, which ranks eighth in a season at SMU. She was also second on the team with 238 kills, averaging 2.05 per set.
Avery Acker earned the Academic Award, which goes to the player with the highest GPA during the season. The freshman earned a 3.935 GPA as a double major in biology and business. She also 227 assists and 170 digs.
The team's senior and captains, Susan Lewis
, Courtney Manning
and Olivia Bailey
, were also recognized during the ceremony. Lewis led the team with 411 digs, Manning finished her career as the program's all-time leader in blocks, 579, and hitting percentage, .284, and Bailey had 980 assists in one season after transferring from Loyola Marymount.