DICKENS, COATS NAMED TO FIRST TEAM; SIX EARN ALL-SAA HONORS

ATLANTA, Ga. – The Southern Athletic Association all-conference teams were released on Wednesday, Nov. 10 and six Panthers earned All-SAA honors. Highlighting the selections were Kennedy Dickens and Alyssa Coats who were named to first team. Gigi Fields and Ansleigh Dailey were awarded second team honors, while Leah Nielsen and Kate Powell were named honorable mentions.
 
For the third time in her career, Alyssa Coats has been named to an all-conference team. This is the second time she has received All-SAA first team honors. Coats ranked seventh in the conference in kills with 260, she also recorded 10 double-doubles on the season. The Nolensville, Tenn. native recorded 298 digs good for tenth in the conference.
 
Ansleigh Dailey will wrap up her BSC career with her third all-conference selection. Dailey was named to All-SAA second team after ranking first in the SAA in total assists and second in assists per set. Recording 940 assists this season moves Ansleigh into second all-time on the career assists list. The senior recorded 40+ assists in a match eight times this season.
 
For the second year in a row Kennedy Dickens was awarded All-SAA honors. During the 2021 season the junior led the team in points (337), points per set (3.55), and kills (277). She also ranked second in hitting percentage with a .333. Dickens ranked fourth in the conference in kills and third in points to collect All-SAA first team honors.
 
After playing her first full season Gigi Fields shined in her 2021 campaign. Fields ranked second on the team in points (315), kills (276), and points per set (3.39). The Columbus, Miss. native ranked second on the team in blocks solo (9), and third on the team in block assists (58), and total blocks (67). This is the first conference honor for the redshirt sophomore.
 
Leah Nielsen was a force to be reckoned with at the net this year, and it showed as she was selected as All-SAA Honorable Mention. Nielsen ranked first on the team in block solo (19), block assists (76), and total blocks (95). She also ranked in the top three of the conference in each category. She also ranked top five on the team in kills (162), points (219), and points per set (2.23).
 
Kate Powell was named to her first all-conference team this season after sliding in as the Panthers libero. The junior ranked second in the conference in digs with 476 and fourth in digs per set at 4.49. The 476 digs are a career high for Powell. She also recorded a career high in service aces with 28.
 
Berry swept the Player of the Year awards with Emily Rapach being named Player of the Year, Laura Beier being named Defensive Player of the Year, and Cypress Guenther was named Newcomer of the Year.
 
To see the full list of All-SAA selections, click here.
 

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