The Hickory Crawdads were named the South Atlantic League winners in three categories during Minor…
App State senior McCall Denny, juniors Madison Baldridge and Sophie Cain, and sophomore Lulu Ambrose were named to the 2022 Academic All-District Women’s Volleyball Team, selected by College Sports Communicators. The quartet competed in all 28 matches this season.
Denny, a six-rotation player, earned Second-Team All-Sun Belt honors after appearing in all 114 sets and starting every match this fall. The High Point, N.C. native slammed down a team-high 347 kills on the season as well as the second-most aces (34) and digs (259) for the Mountaineers. Over the course of the fall, Denny notched 12 double-doubles and recorded a single-match season high of 20 kills and 19 digs against Georgia Southern on Nov. 11. In non-conference action, Denny was named to the Charleston Southern and Mountaineer Classic All-Tournament teams. Denny is a nutrition dietetics major.
Appearing in 113 sets and starting 15 matches this fall, Baldridge went up for 60 blocks, recording the third-most on the team. The exercise science major also recorded 167 kills on the year and tallied 13 kills for single-match season-highs against Charleston Southern (Aug. 26) and USC Upstate (Sept. 2). She also posted a career-high seven blocks against Western Carolina on Sept. 15.
Cain, a molecular biology major, recorded the most assists on the team this year with 573. She also tied for third-most aces on the season, serving up 27. The Knoxville, Tenn. native started 11 of 28 matches she appeared in and marked 10 double-doubles during the 2022 campaign, including three in a row at the Wofford Tournament (Sept. 2 and 3). Cain had a single-match season high 43 assists against Charleston Southern on Aug. 26 and also recorded a career-high 19 digs at Georgia State on Oct. 7.
In her sophomore season, Ambrose tallied 285 kills, the second-most on the team after Denny’s 347. On Nov. 11, the Fort Mill, S.C. native slammed down a season-high 21 kills against Georgia Southern. During non-conference action, Ambrose was named to the Mountaineer Classic All-Tournament team. Ambrose is a general marketing major.
The Mountaineers went 18-10 (11-5 SBC) this fall under the direction of first year head coach Sarah Rumely Noble.
To be nominated for CSC Academic All-District, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.50 cumulative GPA at their current institution and have played in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests. Academic All-District honorees advance to the CSC Academic All-America ballot. First, Second, and Third Team All-America honorees will be announced in late December.