YORK, Pa. – The Capital Athletic Conference released the 2016 CAC Volleyball season awards on Tuesday afternoon. Senior outside hitter Katie Stouffer earned recognition from both the conference and league coaches as she was named the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
Stouffer's Player of the Year honor marks the seventh time in program history that a Salisbury University player has earned that accolade and is the first player since 2012 when Carly Todd earned the award. She was also named to the All-CAC First Team for the fourth time in her career and was one of three Sea Gulls to be named to the All-CAC squad. Jordan Lawson and Nicole Venturelli also earned recognition from league coaches as they were All-CAC Second-Team selections.
Stouffer completed a brilliant career helping the Sea Gulls to a 20-8 overall record, an 8-1 CAC record, and a trip to the CAC Playoffs. She finished the season with 444 kills averaging 4.48 per set, ranking her first in the CAC. With her 22 kills against No. 24 Christopher Newport University in the CAC Semifinals on November 3 Stouffer surpassed 2009 graduate Stacey Krebs as the all-time leader in kills for a career at Salisbury. She now sits alone atop the record books with 1,747 kills.
Lawson earned her second straight second-team selection in 2016. She turned in a solid senior campaign tallying 131 kills and was one of only five Sea Gulls to post a hitting percentage over .200. However, Lawson made her mark more on the defensive end finishing third in blocks with 48, averaging 0.56 per set.
Sophomore outside hitter Venturelli earned her first All-CAC selection after a successful 2016. She finished second on the team in kills posting 265 kills finishing only behind Stouffer in that category. Venturelli was also one of only two Salisbury players to average two or more kills-per set averaging 2.70 per set exactly.
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