BRISTOL, Tenn. – The season may be over, but the King University women's volleyball team keeps winning awards. Summer Kremer was named American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Southeast Region, and Payton Tipton earned honorable mention honors.
Kremer earns All-Region honors from the AVCA for the first time after being named first team All-Conference Carolinas for the second straight season. The junior from Mills River, N.C., lead the league most of the year, and ranked second in Conference Carolinas with 399 total kills and an average of 3.38 kills per set behind the league's player of the year. She also ranked third on the team with an attack percentage of .260. She posted double digits in kills 21 times, including a pair of double-doubles. Her season-high of 20 kills came in King's 3-1 win over conference co-champion Belmont Abbey College.
For the second straight year, Tipton was named Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year, and garnered second team all-conference honors. She earns AVCA All-Region recognition for the first time of her career as she was named honorable mention All-Region. The Cleveland, Tenn., native led the conference in total digs at 531 and ranked third with an average of 4.18 digs per set. She also served well all season, ranking fourth in NCAA Division II with an average of 0.69 aces per set. Her total of 87 aces lead Conference Carolinas. The junior reached the 20 dig plateau seven times, including a season-high of 26 in King's 3-1 win over Belmont Abbey.
The Tornado won their first conference championship since 2008, and their 18th in school history, going 17-1 in Conference Carolinas play and 32-5 overall.