PBC Announces Volleyball All-Conference Team

PBC Player of the Year Sara Davis of Flagler College
PBC Player of the Year Sara Davis of Flagler College

MILLEDGEVILLE, GA – On the eve of the 2017 Tournament, the Peach Belt Conference announced the 2017 volleyball All-Conference team at a banquet in Milledgeville, Ga.  Flagler's Sara Davis was named the PBC Player of the Year while teammate Karlie Redfern the Freshman of the Year.  USC Aiken's Rebecca Martinez was named the Libero/Defensive Specialist of the Year while Georgia College's Kayla Brockway is the Setter of the Year and her head coach Gretchen Krumdieck the Coach of the Year. 

Sara Davis becomes the fifth volleyball player in PBC history to be named the PBC Freshman of the Year and the Player of the Year in her career.  A senior from Akron, Ohio, she is also the seventh player to be named All-Conference four times.  In 2017, she led the conference and was ranked eighth in the nation with a .407 hitting percentage.  She was second in the league in kills per set and sixth in total blocks.  An AVCA All-American in 2016, she was also the 2016 PBC Tournament MVP and a four-time PBC Player of the Week this season.  Her 1,460 career kills are already ninth-most in league history and she will finish among the top 12 in career hitting percentage.  She is the second Flagler player to be named the Player of the Year, the first since Meg Weathersby in 2010.

Karlie Redfern played in all 25 matches and in 90 of 92 sets for Flagler in her first collegiate season.  An outside hitter from Harrisburg, N.C., she led all PBC freshmen in hitting percentage, aces per set and total aces.  She was third overall in the conference in total aces and aces per set while adding 2.52 kills and 2.89 digs per set.  Also named second-team All-Conference, Redfern was ranked in the PBC's top 15 in hitting percentage, total kills and digs per set.  She is the third Flagler player in the last five years to be named the PBC Freshman of the Year.

Rebecca Martinez was named the PBC Specialist of the Week twice during the 2017 season.  A sophomore from Wellington, Fla., she leads the Peach Belt and is ranked third in NCAA Division II with 6.88 digs per set.  Her 647 total digs this year is the 15th-highest single season total in PBC history and will grow as the team moves into post-season play.  Martinez set the USCA single-match records for digs in three- and four-set matches, including a 33-dig performance in three sets against UNC Pembroke which shattered the school record and is the most digs in a three-set match in the PBC this season.  She is the third Pacer overall to be named the Libero/Defensive Specialist of the Year and second straight, joining Danielle Mercer who won last year.

Kayla Brockway led the PBC in total assists and was second in assists per set in leading the Bobcats to their best season ever.  A four-time PBC Specialist of the Week, she averaged 10.39 assists per set and 3.27 digs per set which was 10th in the league.  A junior from Jacksonville, Fla., she had 14 double-doubles on the season with the first 30-30 game in school history against Mars Hill as she collected 35 assists and 33 digs.  Her 56 assists against Francis Marion was the third-highest single-match total in the PBC this year.  Brockway becomes the first Bobcat to be named the PBC Setter of the Year.

Gretchen Krumdieck started the Georgia College volleyball program in 2013 an in just five short years has positioned the team as a power player in the Peach Belt Conference.  The 2017 Bobcats set school records for total wins and conference winning percentage and are the #3 seed for this week's PBC Tournament after being chosen sixth of seven teams in the coaches preseason poll.   Ranked sixth in the latest NCAA Regional poll, the Bobcats could be in line for their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth.  GC is ranked in the top three in team kills, kills per set, assists, aces per set and points and have won 12 of 14 matches heading into the PBC Tournament.  For Krumdieck, the PBC Coach of the Year honor is her first.

The 2017 All-Conference team is listed below as selected by the league's head coaches.  Coaches were not permitted to rank their own players.

2017 Peach Belt Conference Volleyball
All-Conference Team

First Team

McKenzey Beck, Augusta
Kayla Brockway, Georgia College
Sara Davis, Flagler
Rebecca Martinez, USC Aiken
Tara Savisky, Flagler
Taylor Svehla, Georgia College
Taja Valmyr, Flagler

Second Team

Julia Forster, USC Aiken
Georgia Garrison, Francis Marion
Ebony Powers, Georgia College
Karlie Redfern, Flagler
Alie Smith, USC Aiken
Emily Teelon, USC Aiken
Reyonia Whipple, Lander

Freshman of the Year
Karlie Redfern, Flagler 

Libero/Defensive Specialist of the Year
Rebecca Martinez, USC Aiken 

Setter of the Year
Kayla Brockway, Georgia College 

Player of the Year
Sara Davis, Flagler 

Coach of the Year
Gretchen Krumdieck, Georgia College

(L to R): PBC Coach of the Year Gretchen Krumdieck, Libero/Defensive Specialsit of the Year Rebecca Martinez, Setter of the Year Kayla Brockway, Player of the Year Sara Davis and Freshman of the Year Karlie Redfern
First-team All-Conference
Second-team All-Conference