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MACON, Ga. – The USC Upstate volleyball team's Kayla McAvoy (Boiling Springs, S.C.) was named to the All-Atlantic Sun Conference Second Team, while Kayla Eversgerd (Breese, Ill.) and Lexi Gober were All-Freshman Team selections as announced by the league office Tuesday.
This marks McAvoy's first All-Conference honor as the sophomore led the Spartans this season in hitting, averaging 3.25 kills per set and turning in a .299 attack percentage. She ranked seventh in the A-Sun in both of those categories. In conference only play, the middle hitter was seventh in kills per set and 10th in hitting percentage.
"Kayla made tremendous progress in her sophomore season on the court as she pushed herself in offseason workouts, which proved beneficial," said Upstate Head Coach Jennifer Calloway. "I'm looking forward to transitioning to her upperclassman years and accepting the additional challenges of a team leader. I am so proud of Kayla."
She posted 22 double-digit kill performances during the 2012 campaign, including seven 15-plus outings. McAvoy recorded a career-high 18 kills twice this season against UNC Asheville Sept. 11 and against ETSU Oct. 19. The Boiling Springs native registered a career-high seven total blocks in a 3-0 win against Stetson Nov. 2. McAvoy also led Upstate in blocking, tallying 74 total blocks to average .70 per set.
"The team as a whole had a good season," Calloway said. "We accomplished many goals together. I loved how close the team worked together. The supporting cast was amazing. I am so proud of our award winners and of our team."
Eversgered was named to the All-Freshman Team after recording nine double-doubles on the year, including a career-high match of 20 kills and 23 digs against UNC Asheville Sept. 11. The outside hitter posted 16 double-digit kill matches and 11 double-figure dig outings, including two 20-plus dig performances. Eversgerd was second on the team in kills, averaging 3.10 per set. She has collected 276 digs this season, averaging 2.79 per set.
"As a freshman, Kayla played with a quiet confidence," Calloway said. "It was remarkable to see how quickly she adjusted to the speed of the game. Her even keel, never quit approach made it easy to make her a consistent go-to player."
Halfway through the season, Gober took over the starting setting reins. She handed out 650 assists on the year, averaging 6.15 assists per set. She posted a team-high 11 double-doubles. She recorded a season-high 52 assists against ETSU Oct. 19 and a season-best 17 digs against UNC Asheville Sept. 11. Gober collected 303 digs, averaging 2.89 per set. She also paced the A-Sun in conference play with 25 service aces, averaging 0.41 per set. On the season, Gober recorded 35 aces and averaged 0.33 per set overall.
"To have a freshman start is impressive, but to have a freshman lead your team as the setter is exceptional," Calloway said. "Lexi was never rattled; she was able to play with poise, which our hitters needed, and gained valued experience. She has a great volleyball IQ and played amazing defense as well. Her serving led the league in aces as freshman and that's saying something."