SCC's Love Named First Team All-American
The Sandhills Community College volleyball team got some more good news following its historic 2010 campaign.
Sophomore Miranda Love, a key player in the Flyers’ run to the NJCAA Division III championship tournament in Minnesota this year, was recently named a first-team All-American, according to head coach Alicia Hill. She is the program’s first All-America selection in its brief history.
“I see it as one of the highest awards you can get,” Love said Monday. “I worked hard this year. I have had my whole team and my coaches behind me all the way. We’ve worked hard and I couldn’t have done it without my teammates, of course. I feel like it’s the highest honor I could have received. I’m so excited about it.”
Love finished the season with 428 kills, 31 aces, 631 digs, seven assists and 29 blocks. She led the nation in digs per set this season and was fourth in kills per set.
“Overall, Miranda is a great player and was very helpful for our team,” Hill said. “She transferred from St. Andrews last spring and trained with us in the spring, summer and then played in the fall. Having Division II experience helped set her apart from other girls we competed against. We are truly going to miss having Miranda on our team next year.”
Athletic Director Aaron Denton said the school is “extremely proud” of Love’s accomplishment. She is Sandhills’ fifth All-America selection.
Basketball star Germann Bostic was named an honorable mention in 2009 and to the second team in 2010. Golfer Chris Horne was a second team selection in 2009 and 2010.
The Flyers finished the season with an overall record of 22-8. The team won 10 straight matches at the end of the season to seal region and district championships.
The team finished seventh in the national tournament in Rochester, Minn., last month.
For Love, the season was the perfect way to cap off her volleyball career.
“We ended this the way I wanted,” she said. “We won our conference tournament and then we went and won district and then we went to nationals. All I wanted was to make it to nationals and then when we got there, of course we wanted to win, but it didn’t play out our way. We won one out of three games, but I was very, very happy with how we finished.”
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