Three Wildcat Volleyball Scholar-Athletes Earn A-10 Honors
DAVIDSON, N.C. – Highlighted by Bella Brady’s third consecutive Atlantic 10 Conference Libero of the Year award, Davidson had three players earn postseason volleyball honors, as announced by the league office Thursday afternoon.
In addition to becoming the program’s only three-time winner of a major award, Brady earned her third First Team All-Conference recognition, while teammates Sola Omonije and Elena Garcia-Guerrios were voted Second Team and All-Rookie, respectively.
A senior from Winter Park, Fla., Brady led the league in digs per set for the third straight season, while also becoming the school’s all-time leader with 1,933 career digs.
Along with breaking Mara Mordini’s record that stood for 23 years, Brady capped the regular season with 66 digs in Davidson’s two-match sweep of Duquesne to conclude regular season play, while earning the 11th A-10 weekly honor of her illustrious career.
This is the first postseason recognition for Omonije, who finished the season second among league leaders in hitting percentage with a .380 clip. In league play, the 6-0 middle blocker averaged just under a block per set (0.94), which was 10th in the conference.
On five separate occasions, the native of The Colony, Texas, recorded 10 or more kills in a contest, while finishing with at least four blocks 14 times, including a career-best eight in the Wildcats’ regular-season finale.
As a freshman, Garcia-Guerrios is ranked among the league’s first-year players with 184 kills (2.11 kps) and 233 digs (2.68 dps).
A 6-0 outside hitter from Manati, Puerto Rico, she tallied double-figure kills six times and 10 or more digs on nine separate occasions. Not to mention, she totaled five double-doubles, including a 12-kill, 23-dig performance in the Wildcats’ five-set match against Loyola Chicago.
Davidson, which will serve as host of the 2023 Atlantic 10 Volleyball Championship this weekend, enters the postseason 19-9 overall. The fourth-seeded Wildcats will take on Saint Louis Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. inside Belk Arena.