BRISTOL, Tenn. – Prior to the Conference Carolinas Women's Volleyball Championship semifinal matches, the league announced their all-conference award winners. King University had five individuals honored, led by Conference Carolinas Player of the Year and first team all-conference performer Julie Ward. Tristyn Lozano was selected second team all-conference while Keri Ricker, Kayley Holtzclaw and Brittney Ramsey all earned third team honors.
Ward, the 2018 Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year takes on Conference Carolinas Player of the Year honors following a spectacular 2019 season. Ward becomes the 16th conference player of the year in King women's volleyball program history and the second since King has become Conference Carolinas members. Summer Kremer was the last Tornado to win player of the year in 2014. This is the second straight year Ward has been named first team all-conference.
This season Ward has led the Tornado offensively as she ranks second in the league with an average of 3.95 kills per set and fifth with 332 total kills. The Berthoud, Colo., native also leads the league in service aces per set with an average of 0.57 following seven aces in King's quarterfinal win over Converse College on Tuesday. On the defensive end, the sophomore averages 3.26 digs per set and leads King with 13 double-doubles on the season.
Ward was named Conference Carolinas Player of the Week three times throughout the season. She posted a career-high 24 kills while hitting .579 in a win at North Greenville University and followed that with 23 kills and 14 digs in a win at Emmanuel College. In the conference quarterfinal on Tuesday, Ward registered 19 kills along with a .421 attack percentage and added nine digs.
Lozano earns all-conference honors for the second straight season as she was named to the second team in 2019. A season ago, the Murfreesboro, Tenn., native garnered third team honors. During her senior campaign, Lozano has posted eight double-doubles this season. She ranks eighth in the league with an average of 2.94 kills per set to go along with a 2.92 digs per set average. At the net, she also averages 0.50 blocks per set. In a win over Tusculum University, Lozano posted a career-high 19 kills while hitting .314 and adding nine digs. She posted her career-high of 17 digs twice, the second time coming in a win at Emmanuel College.
At setter, Ricker earns all-conference honors for the first time, being selected to the third team. Her 780 assists rank fourth in the conference and her 8.67 assists per set is third in Conference Carolinas. On the defensive side, Ricker has picked up 2.69 digs per set this season. Ricker's 12 double-doubles this season ranks second among Tornado. The Afton, Tenn., native registered a career-best 24 digs and at the time, a career-high 46 assists at Lees-McRae. Ricker topped that assist plateau twice and owns a career-high of 50 helpers, coming in a four set win at North Greenville.
Ramsey was selected all-conference for the first time in her career, garnering third team honors. The Afton, Tenn., native had a great season at the net as she leads the league with an average of 1.20 blocks per set. Her 89 total blocks ranks second in the league while her 26 solo stuffs are fifth. Offensively, the sophomore owns a .352 attack percentage and averages 1.26 kills per set.
Holtzclaw also earns all-conference accolades for the first time, earning third team recognition. She was nearly as impressive at the net as Ramsey as she ranks fourth in the conference with an average of 0.89 blocks per set. Offensively, the Kingsport, Tenn., native is fourth in the league with an attack percentage of .284 and averages 1.82 kills per set.
The Tornado won the Conference Carolinas West Division and are the West No. 1 seed in the Conference Carolinas Tournament. The Tornado take on East No. 2 seed Limestone College on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. in a semifinal match hosted by Belmont Abbey College.