AUGUSTA, GA – The Peach Belt Conference has unveiled the 2014 volleyball preseason All-Conference team. Seven players from six different schools are on the team, selected by the league’s head coaches. On the preseason team are four returning All-Conference players, a former PBC Freshman of the Year, two players of the week, two all-region players and the PBC Tournament Most Valuable Player.
Stephanie Sfara was named second-team All-Conference last year and the PBC Tournament Most Valuable Player. A rising senior from Boardman, Ohio, she was named AVCA All-Region and PBC All-Academic. Sfara collected 339 kills and 392 digs last year, was ranked 11th in the PBC in kills and eighth in total attacks. She had 37 kills and 41 digs in three matches at the PBC Tournament as the Pirates defended their title.
Lander’s Tarryn Angermeier was named the 2011 PBC Freshman of the Year and has earned All-Conference honors in each of her first two seasons with the Bearcats. Now returning for her junior year, the native of Spartanburg, S.C., was second in the PBC with 3.39 kills per set and also ranked in the league’s top 10 in total kills, attacks and hitting percentage. She had 22 matches of double-figure kills with a season-best 24 against Georgia College.
Kristen Koch led the Peach Belt with 406 kills and 3.50 kills per set last season. A rising senior from Niceville, Fla., she was named second-team All-Conference and was ranked in the PBC top 25 in digs with 2.62 per set. She hit double-figures in kills 25 times last year with two games of 20 or more.
Caitlyn Kovach led Flagler and was second in the PBC with 641 total digs in 2013. The junior from Clearwater, Fla., was third in the league with 5.05 digs per set and seventh in service aces. Kovach, who spent the summer touring Scotland with Athletes in Action, had three matches of 30 or more digs with a season-best 35 against Shorter.
Montevallo’s Rebekah Phelps was the volleyball Elite 15 Award winner last season as well as a gold scholar on the Presidential Honor Roll. The junior from Huntsville, Ala., was also effective on the court with 310 kills and 222 digs. She was named to the PBC All-Tournament team after collecting 25 kills, 14 digs and five blocks in two matches.
Columbus State resurrected their volleyball program in 2013 and finished fourth in the PBC standings thanks in large part to Katie Poole, who was named first-team All-Conference. Returning for her senior season, Poole led the team and was eighth in the PBC with 354 kills; she was also ranked in the conference top 10 in kills per set and attacks. She also led the team and was 17th in the PBC in digs.
Preseason All-Conference Team
Tarryn Angermeier, Lander
Kristen Koch, Georgia Regents
Caitlyn Kovach, Flagler
Taylor Permenter, Armstrong
Rebekah Phelps, Montevallo
Katie Poole, Columbus State
Stephanie Sfara, Armstrong