DePauw senior right side Morgan Stearley (Center Point, IN/Northview) has been named the Player of the Year, while Wittenberg senior Taylor Yontz (Springfield, OH/Shawnee) repeats as the Libero of the Year to highlight the 2019 All-North Coast Athletic Conference volleyball selections.
Stearley is a three-peat selection to the first team this year after leading the Tigers to a 5-3 mark in conference play (15-12 overall). In 27 total regular season matches, the senior led the NCAC in kills per set at 3.92 and points per set with 4.4. She finished the regular season with 13 double-double performances, which included a season-high 30-kill and 16-dig effort in a matchup against Muskingum on Sept. 21, and a season-best 18 digs to go along with 17 kills in a win against Hope on Sept. 6. In 91 total regular season sets, Stearley compiled 357 kills and committed just 114 hitting errors in 942 attempts for a .258 hitting percentage.
Wittenberg senior middle blocker Aubrey Cox (Tipp City, OH/Tippecanoe), the 2016 NCAC Newcomer of the Year, is the only four-time All-NCAC performer on the 2019 All-NCAC team, earning first-team honors throughout her career. Tiger classmate, Yontz, and Ohio Wesleyan senior outside hitter Jordan Brandt (Vail, CO/Battle Mountain) elevated to the first team after earning honorable mention accolades a season ago. Denison freshman middle hitter Lucy Anderson (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington), Wittenberg sophomore outside hitter Katie Hiestand (Canton, OH/St. Thomas Aquinas) and Wooster freshman outside hitter Hayley Nash (Peoria, AZ/Xavier College Prep.) all made their debut on the All-NCAC team this year.
Yontz, who is now the third Wittenberg player to earn NCAC Libero of the Year in back-to-back seasons, finished the regular season with a league-leading 5.68 digs per set, posting 494 digs in 87 total sets. She eclipsed the 20-dig mark in 15 different matches, which included two 30+ dig performances, a season-high 35 at Muskingum on Oct. 5 and 31 against Randolph-Macon on Nov. 1. Her top individual effort in league play was a 29-dig performance in a 3-0 win at Kenyon on Oct. 26.
Anderson was named the 2019 NCAC Newcomer of the Year as the league's top player in her first year of collegiate competition. She finished the regular season with a league-leading 27 solo blocks and 1.05 blocks per set. The rookie landed in the top 15 in the conference in the regular season in hitting percentage, kills, service aces, total blocks and points, hitting .286, while earning 226 kills (2.97/set), 36 aces (0.47/set), 80 blocks, and 315.5 points (4.2/set). She posted a career high in kills and blocks against conference opponents, tallying 18 kills at Ohio Wesleyan on Oct. 8 and eight blocks at Wooster on Oct. 12.
Denison third-year head coach Carter Cassell was named the 2019 NCAC Volleyball Coach of the Year for the first time in his career. He led the Big Red to a 6-2 mark in league play, earning the second seed in the NCAC Tournament, their best draw since 2002. Denison finished the regular season slate with an overall record of 17-7.