Eva Stoilova earns all-conference honors

Nov. 17, 2005

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With all of the success that the JU volleyball team had this season, Eva Stoilova was the only player to earn all-conference honors as released by the Atlantic Sun office on Thursday.

Stoilova led the Dolphins in most of the major statistics. She had 301 kills and an average of 3.2 kills per game to lead JU. She also had 28 service aces to go along with a team-high 336 digs (an average of 3.57 per game).

All of that culminated in 13 double-doubles during the season, with 10 or more kills in a match 16 times and 10 digs or more in a match 15 times.

"Eva has been the most consistent player in all rotations for us over the last two and maybe even three years," said JU head coach Kevin Paul. "She has put in a lot of hard work over the course of last spring and summer. She came back from shoulder surgery very strong and showed her commitment to us by staying all summer to prepare for this year. She is well deserving of this honor and I am very happy to see her recognized."

The success the JU volleyball team has experienced this season has been a through a total team effort. That's the only way you can battle back from a 1-9 start to go 8-1 in conference play and secure the team's best finish in A-Sun history.

Other players that were seeking all-conference honors were Lindsay Ward and Petya Borisvoa.

Ward, the second big gun in JU's offense, was second on the team in kills with 277 and averaged 2.64 kills per game. She was also a big leader on the defensive side, leading the team in blocks with 92.

Borisova was the third weapon on the JU offense and was one to the top passers on the back row for JU all season. Despite being hampered by injuries late in the season, Borisova was third on the team in kills with 245 and second on the team in digs with 269.

"As deserving as Eva is to be all conference I believe we had some other kids who should have been on this team as well," Paul said. "We had very solid play this year from Lindsay Ward and Petya Borisova and it's hard for me to believe that finishing second only gets you one player recognized."

Joining Stoilova on the all-conference first-team was Kelly Paiva, Casey LaRocca and Katie Arvidson from Florida Atlantic, Colleen Nilson from Belmont and Emily Kohler from UNF.

Getting second-team all-conference honors was Jennifer Sartor from ETSU, Sara Jacobson and Lindsey Cleveland from Belmont, Ann Mullins from Lipscomb, Liz Kane from Mercer and Magen Wood from UNF.

FAU's Paiva was named "Player of the Year" and FAU coach Jody Brown got "Coach of the Year" honors.

The Dolphins open their A-Sun Tournament title defense on Friday evening in the semifinals against the winner of the ETSU-Belmont match.