BRISTOL, Tenn. – Julie Ward becomes the first King University women's volleyball player to earn national recognition from the America Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). The sophomore garnered honorable mention All-America honors when the organization announced their awards this week.
She is the only player from Conference Carolinas to earn All-America recognition from the AVCA in 2019. Ward is also the first player in the NCAA era (since 2010) to earn any type of All-America honors.
The Berthoud, Colo., native was selected Conference Carolinas Player of the Year and first team all-conference last month, following a spectacular season. Ward led the Tornado offensively as she ranked second in the league with an average of 4.03 kills per set and second with 371 total kills. She also leads the league in service aces per set with an average of 0.53. On the defensive end, the sophomore averaged 3.28 digs per set and leads King with 15 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.
She was also selected to the Conference Carolinas all-tournament team following a pair of double-doubles in three matches. In a quarterfinal, Ward registered 19 kills along with a .421 attack percentage and added nine digs in a win over Converse College. She followed that with double-doubles in a semifinal and the final, posting 15 kills and 19 digs against Limestone College and accounting for 22 kills and 10 digs in the final against Emmanuel.