ANNVILLE, Pa. - The Stevenson University women's volleyball team picked up three major awards as the 2019 MAC Commonwealth All-Conference teams were announced Tuesday morning.
Senior Katie Leftridge was selected as the league's Player of the Year in a vote of the conference's nine head coaches, and was also a First Team All-Conference selection for the third straight year. Freshman Simone Gest was tabbed as the MAC Commonwealth Rookie of the Year and was Honorable Mention All-Conference, while Mustang head coach Dave Trumbo was named the Coach of the Year. Senior Victoria Prokic was also a First Team All-Conference selection.
Leftridge, a six-time MAC Commonwealth Player of the Week (five times Offensive, one time Defensive) in 2019, becomes the first Mustang to win conference Player of the Year honors since Samantha Perillo in 2014, has totaled 315 kills on .268 hitting, 262 digs, 47 blocks and 16 service aces thus far in 2019. She leads the MAC Commonwealth in kills per set (3.42), ranks eighth in hitting percentage and is No. 13 in digs per set. Leftridge has totaled 10 double-doubles (kills-digs) on the season and recorded her 1,000th career kill October 12 at Gettysburg. She also sits 11 digs shy of 1,000 for her career.
Gest, the first MAC Commonwealth Rookie of the Year for Stevenson since Annika Schwartz in 2014, ranks seventh in the conference in hitting percentage, hitting .270 with 188 kills. She has also totaled 84 digs and 16 blocks. Appearing in all 29 matches to date, Gest has totaled double-digit kills on six occasions, including a season-best 12 twice, against Messiah on September 17 and against Misericordia on September 28.
Trumbo earned MAC Commonwealth Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his career (2013) and his third overall Coach of the Year selection, as he was the Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2011. This year, guiding a roster that had several freshmen playing key roles, Trumbo has the Mustangs 27-2 overall and the No. 1 seed in the MAC Commonwealth Championship for the eighth straight year. He recorded career win No. 350 earlier this season and owns a career record of 362-96 (.790).
Prokic is an All-Conference selection for the fourth time in her career, earning Second Team accolades the last two years after being named Honorable Mention as a freshman. Prokic leads the MAC Commonwealth in hitting percentage (.393) and ranks fourth in blocks per set (0.98). She has totaled 194 kills and 85 blocks this season. Earlier this season, she became Stevenson's all-time leader in blocks and now has 403 for her career.
Stevenson begins its quest for an eighth straight MAC Commonwealth title and ninth straight NCAA bid Wednesday night, hosting Lycoming in a conference semifinal at 7 pm at Owings Mills Gym.