LEXINGTON, Ky. (SMU) - Caroline Young
was named to the American Volleyball Coaches' Association All-Midwest Region Team, and Courtney Manning
earned honorable mention, AVCA officials announced Tuesday. Young is one of just 14 sophomores in the country be named all-region, and one of two from the Midwest region.
The Brenham, Texas native finished the season tied for 12th in the NCAA with 51 aces, and was just outside the top 100 in the country in points per set, averaging 4.12 points per set. Young led the Mustangs and finished ninth in Conference USA with 3.39 kills per set, scoring 397 kills, which is sixth in the league.
Young had at least 20 kills in seven matches, including a career-high 26 in a 3-1 win at UCF, the first of a four-match win streak for the Mustangs. She also had 23 kills and a career-high 18 digs against Army for her first double-double. She finished the season with 125 digs and 63 blocks as a right side attacker, and was twice named C-USA Offensive Player of the Week.
Manning set the SMU record for block with 579 in her career, recording 104 as a senior to eclipse the century mark in all four seasons. She also set the school record, hitting .284 over four seasons, and hit .300 this year, seventh in the conference. She finished the season with 228 kills, and had at least 10 in six matches, including a career-high 16 against Arkansas-Little Rock.
A first team All-Conference USA selection, Young is the second player in program history to be named to the all-region team. Dana Powell was an all-region selection in 2009 and 2010, and Kendra Kahanek earned honorable mention as a senior in 2009.