Last year, in his first season with the St. Catharine College volleyball program, Adam Stevenson compiled a 6-33 record and won only one conference match. This year Stevenson led the Patriots to a 26-10 overall mark including four wins in the Mid-South Conference. And for that turnaround the St. Catharine mentor was named Coach of the Year at the annual awards banquet in Frankfort last Friday.
The Patriots’ ledger included a conference win over a Campbellsville team that has been nationally ranked this season. The 26 victories were more than any team in the Mid-South Conference this season. The Patriots set school records for most wins, most home victories, most conference wins and best winning percentage (.743) for any female sport in St. Catharine College history.
“This just goes to show how improved our team was,” said Stevenson. “It is easier to win with better players.”
Two of those Patriot players were honored at Friday’s banquet. Charlotte Jewell, from Mt Washington and Whitefield Academy High School, was named freshman of the year and also first team all-conference. Allie Southard, a freshman from Louisville Eastern High School was honorable mention all-conference.
Southard ranked third in the conference in hitting percentage and fifth in total blocks. Jewell was first in the nation for total service aces, seventh in the nation for aces per game and first in the conference in that category. She was also fifth in the conference in total assists.