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Women's volleyball sweeps Atlantic East major awards, lands four on all-conference teams

Women's volleyball sweeps Atlantic East major awards, lands four on all-conference teams

LANCASTER, Pa. – The Atlantic East Conference announced its all-conference teams and major award winners on Tuesday, and the Marymount University women's volleyball team swept the four major awards and landed four on the All-Atlantic East teams.

The Saints are fresh off of their second-straight Atlantic East Conference championship, following a perfect 6-0 regular season in conference play. The Saints only dropped one set against conference teams, this year.

Marymount is now headed to the NCAA Division III tournament for the second-straight season and will do so with the Atlantic East Player of the Year, junior Mykael Johnson, Specialty Player of the Year, junior Maggie Viniard, Rookie of the Year, freshman Elissa Munsterman, and Coaching Staff of the Year, led by Head Coach Beth Ann Wilson.

Wilson, and her staff of Johannah Zabal, Abby McIntyre, Courtney Weathersbee, and Morgan McAlpin, led the Saints to a 24-10 record on the year, while guiding the team on a, current, 10-match winning streak. This stretch has brought the program its second conference championship and second appearance in the NCAA tournament. Wilson has now led the program to eight straight appearances in its, respective, conference tournaments.

On top of winning Player and Specialty Player of the Year, respectively, Johnson and Viniard were also selected to the All-Atlantic East first team.

Johnson has led the Saints' offense this season, currently leading the team and the conference with 461 kills, which is also 15th in the country. On the national stage, she also ranks 16th with 4.77 points per set and 20th with 4.15 kills per set.

Her 529 points is good for first in the conference, while she is currently second on the team with 47 service aces, third with 298 digs, and fourth with 34 blocks. Her aces total ranks sixth in the conference, while her digs are 13th in the conference.

Viniard also holds position in the national rankings, sitting 23rd with 1,120 assists and 26th with 10.00 assists per set. Both numbers lead Marymount and the Atlantic East. She also leads the team with 48 service aces, which is fifth in the conference, and is fourth on the team with 282 digs, which is 16th in the Atlantic East.

Munsterman came on strong in her first season with the Saints to earn the league's Rookie of the Year award, as she currently is third on the team with 218 kills and 39 total blocks. She also has added 106 digs and 16 service aces. Her 218 kills are good for 12th in the conference.

Marymount also had two be named to the All-Atlantic East second team, with junior Myah Cordrey and senior Theresa Buscemi.

Cordrey has patrolled the middle for Marymount, leading the team with 70 blocks, which is fourth in the conference, and ranking second on the Saints with 233 kills, which is eighth in the league.

Cordrey also has tallied 41 service aces, good for fourth on the team and 10th in the conference, while adding 105 digs.

Buscemi has led the Marymount defense, this season, with 469 digs and 4.34 digs per set, both of which are fifth in the conference. She is also third on the team with 42 service aces.

The awards mark the second All-Atlantic East awards for Cordrey, Viniard, and Buscemi. Cordrey and Viniard were named to the first team in 2018, while Buscemi was named to the second team.

To view the full Atlantic East release, click here.