WILLIAMSBURG - The University of the Cumberlands volleyball team recently ended its season at the Mid-South Conference Tournament where it defeated Pikeville College and fell to Georgetown College. Although the team had a rocky season, several of the players have much to show. Taran Johnson (London), Kaylyn Suttles (Cincinnati), Erika Barnes (Fairfield, Ohio), Lauren Taylor (Villia Hills) and Heather Rutherford (Belfry) all made the All-Conference Second Team and/or received the Honorable Mention Award.
Johnson is a junior at Cumberlands majoring in Business Administration and is the daughter of Ric and Elizabeth Johnson. This season, Johnson led the team in kills with 299, making 2.49 kills per game. She also holds the record for solo blocks with 95 this season.
Suttles served as the team's libero for the second consecutive year. She is a sophomore majoring in Early Childhood Education and is the daughter of John and Jennifer Suttles. She finished the season as the leader in digs with 569 and accumulated 45 serving aces.
Barnes is the daughter of Jeff and Lynne Barnes. She is a freshman at Cumberlands majoring in Fitness and Sports Management. She carries the record this season for attack percentage at .248. Barnes also came in second with serving aces with 47.
Taylor is a junior at Cumberlands double majoring in Business Administration and Public Health. She is the daughter of Gary and Susan Taylor and served as the team's setter for the majority of the season. Taylor closed the season as the leader in assists and in serving aces with 534 and 55, respectively.
Rutherford is the daughter of Douglas and Donetta Rutherford. She is a senior and will be graduated from Cumberlands in 2008 with degrees in Exercise Sport Science and Biology. Rutherford had a consistent and solid season all around with 16 kills from back row, 22 serving aces and 257 digs.
“All five of our players nominated were honored Thursday night at the banquet,” commented Cumberlands Coach Kara Clemenz. “I know that if we had placed higher in the conference a couple of them would have made First Team. I am so proud of these girls. They must have been doing something right to get recognized by the other coaches in the conference.”