(GREENVILLE, Pa.) – The Thomas More College volleyball team swept the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) volleyball awards and had six Saints named All-PAC by the conference's head coaches.
Senior defensive specialist Kelsey Castiglioni (Harrison Township, Mich./L'Anse Creuse) was named PAC Player of the Year for the second-straight season. She finished leads the PAC in digs per set (5.72) and is second in total digs (601). Castiglioni also has a PAC-best 59 service aces.
Freshman setter Jenna Fessler (Fort Mitchell, Ky./Beechwood) was tabbed as the PAC Freshman of the Year. She has totaled 998 assists on the season, the second most in the PAC and is leading the conference with an 11.47 assists per set average.
Head Coach John Spinney was named the PAC Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his tenure at Thomas More after guiding the Saints to a 29-4 record, while winning a share of the program's fifth PAC regular season, sixth PAC tournament title and advance to a school best 13 NCAA Division III Tournament.
Castiglioni and Fessler were also named first team All-PAC and were joined on the first team by senior outside hitter Felicity Britt (Alexandria, Ky./Bishop Brossart) and junior middle hitter Jessica Knaley (Florence, Ky./St. Henry). Britt hit .280 with 192 kills, three service aces and also recorded 47 digs and 41 total blocks. Knaley hit .304 with 267 kills, 29 service aces, 86 digs and 63 total blocks.
Junior outside hitter Stacy Howell (Cincinnati, Ohio/Glen Este) was named second team All-PAC after hitting .268 with a team-leading 313 kills, 44 digs and 21 blocks.
Senior defensive specialist Christina Newport-Brackett (Louisville, Ky./Seneca)was named honorable mention All-PAC after recording 319 digs, 35 service aces and 18 assists.
The Saints open NCAA Division III Tournament play on Friday (November 14) when they play Millikin University at 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time at the Washington University-St. Louis Field House in St. Louis, Missouri.