Jan. 28, 2014
DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU volleyball program held its annual awards banquet, recognizing student-athletes for awards earned during the season, as well as announcing the team awards. Sophomore setter Avery Acker was named MVP, and was also presented her American Athletic Conference Setter of the Year trophy, her first team all-conference plaque, as well as certificates for earning AVCA All-Region and All-America honorable mention and CoSIDA Academic All-District.
Freshman libero Morgan Heise was named SMU Defensive Player of the Year, leading the team with 406 digs, and was also awarded the Mustang Award, which is voted on by the team. The Mustang Award, started with the inception of the program in 1996, is given to the student-athlete who best demonstrates dedication, determination and desire.
Caroline Young, a junior right side hitter, earned the team's Offensive Player of the Year award after leading the team with 383 kills, averaging 3.42 per set, and earned The American Player of the Week honors four times. She was also a first team all-conference selection for the second straight season.
Young was given the inaugural Heavy Metal award, presented by strength and conditioning coach Mel de Laura. The Heavy Metal award was established to recognize the student-athlete whose work ethic and dedication in practice and workouts motivates and inspires teammates to strive to be better.
Senior Caroline Daly earned the team's Academic Award, achieving a 4.0 GPA during the season. Janelle Giordano, first team, and Cailin Bula and Abbey Bybel, second team, were also recognized for earning all-conference accolades. Head coach Lisa Seifert gave a gift to team captains Acker, Young and Maddie Lozano, thanking them for their service.