Women's Volleyball


Lady Tornado storms onto NCCAA All-Mid-East Region list

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College placed four players on the NCCAA Mid-East Women's Volleyball first team with a second-team nod as well, the regional chair announced after the region tournament concluded.


Kaitlyn Musick (Weber City, Va.), Morgan Machen (Kingsport, Tenn.), Rachel Harding (Abingdon, Va.) and Shannon Earwood (Carson City, Nev.) were all first-team selections. Freshman Kelsey Griffitts (Bristol, Va.) earned a second-team honor.


Musick, a senior middle blocker, led the region and ranked third among NCCAA players with a .390 hitting percentage during the regular season. She collected 312 kills with just 45 errors in 675 attempts. Musick also ranked No. 10 in the Mid-East with 2.52 kills per set. She also had the No. 6 spot in the region's blocks per game average with 0.65. She collected 80 total blocks in the season.


Machen, a senior outside hitter, held the No. 9 spot nationally and led the region in kills per game with 3.56. Overall she had 438 kills before regional play started. Last season she was a NCCAA All-American Second Team selection after earning Mid-East All-Region honors.


Harding, a senior defensive specialist, had the second highest digs per game average in the region and the 13th best in the NCCAA. She accounted for 4.39 digs per game with a total of 544 for the season. She also had the third best aces pet set average in the Mid-East at 0.43. A season ago Harding made the Mid-East Region second team list.


Earwood, a sophomore setter, provided the ninth most assists per game nationally with 10.03. She was second in the region as well. During the regular season she gave King 1,173 assists. Her efforts helped King to not only rank second in the region for assists per set at 11.49, but fifth nationally.


Griffitts, a middle blocker, used a .343 hitting percentage to rank No. 6 nationally and second in the region. She had 247 kills in 542 attempts with 61 errors in the regular season. Griffitts also had 0.55 blocks per set to rank No. 10 in the Mid-East.


Overall King had four on the nine-member first team, the most from any school. The Mid-East Player of the Year award went to Caroline Martin, from Campbellsville (Ky.) University.  Joining the Lady Tornado quartet and Martin were Monica Chernichan and Shannon Cahill, also from Campbellsville. Oakland City (Ind.) University's Allison Eads and Lindsey Ibold, from Asbury (Ky.) University rounded out the first team list.


Martin led the region in assists per set with 10.95 which also was the best mark of any NCCAA setter. She helped Campbellsville to the most assists per game as a team in the country as well.


Both King and Campbellsville had five players each on the first and second teams combined. Asbury placed three, with two from both Covenant and Oakland City on the squads.


The teams were selected by the coaches in the region.


King ended the region tournament in second with an overall record of 30-9. The Lady Tornado lost to defending national champion Campbellsville Saturday 3-1 after both teams won their respective pools on Friday. King will have to wait to see if an at-large bid will be coming for the NCCAA National Tournament.

NCCAA Mid-East Region
First Team

NCCAA Mid-East Region
Second Team


Caroline Martin – Campbellsville  
Monica Chernichan – Cambellsville
Shannon Cahill – Campbellsville
Lindsey Ibold – Asbury
Kaitlyn Musick – King
Morgan Machen – King
Rachel Harding – King
Shannon Earwood – King
Allison Eads – Oakland Cit


Samantha James - Campbellsville
Genevieve Collette - Campbellsville
Hannah Wheeler - Asbury
Brittney Rader - Asbury
Kelsey Griffitts - King
Alicia Hartley - Oakland City
Erica Adams - Covenant
Kristin Dahlstrand - Covenant


NCCAA Mid-East Region
Player of the Year

Caroline Martin - Campbellsville












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