The St. Catharine Volleyball Patriots receive high honors for their season of success with the announcement of All Mid-South Conference Honors.
The Lady Patriots received some good news when the All Mid-South Conference teams were released; a total of three Patriots made the cut for a spot on either first or second team roster. Sophomore Rebecca Just (Louisville, Ky.) was selected to the All Mid-South Conference Second Team roster with her season total of 269 kills for an attack average of .117. Defensively Just helped the Patriots with 272 digs, third highest on the team, and 31 blocks. Receiving first team honors for the Lady Patriots were Allie Southard (Louisville, Ky.) and Shauna Stone (Bardstown, Ky.). Shauna Stone had a breakout season, after sitting out for the 2012 season to work on academics, as she tore down the nets with 279 blistering kills for a season attack average of .322. Defensively Stone gathered 83 blocks and 41 digs for the Patriots. Allie Southard finished the season leading nearly every statistical category for the Patriots as she tacked on 311 kills for an attack average of .349 (both team highs). Defensively, the 6’3” Middle Hitter tallied a team high 142 blocks placing her 13th in the nation. As a squad, the Patriots finished 20th in the nation in blocking totals with 288.5 blocks on the year.
The Patriots finished the season with a stunning 21 wins, 11 of which were in the Mid-South Conference (a school high), earning Head Coach Jason McDannold the honor of Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year. McDannold was selected by a group of his peers for this prestigious award for his resilience in creating a positive atmosphere at St. Catharine College. McDannold inherited a program that finished the 2012 campaign 12-19 with a conference record of 5-10. In addition, the 2012 squad underwent a coaching change mid-season, when the former head coach was released, thus allowing Nelson County native John Rogers to take the helm. Under Rogers the program found success, which prompted McDannold to keep Rogers on staff for the 2013 season as an assistant.
The Patriots will take their success from 2013 and use it toward an even more successful 2014 season.