Mocs Earn Three First-Team SSC Honors; Stephens Named Coach of the Year

Mocs Earn Three First-Team SSC Honors; Stephens Named Coach of the Year

MELBOURNE, FL - Florida Southern College volleyball garnered three first team all-conference selections and a conference Coach of the Year award when the Sunshine State Conference announced its annual volleyball awards on Tuesday afternoon. Bethany Besancenez, Nicole Mattson, and Anna Tovo earned the first team all-SSC honors while head coach Jill Stephens was named as the SSC Coach of the Year for the second time in her career.

The Moccasins finished the regular season at 25-6, won the Sunshine State Conference title with a 19-1 conference record, and enter the postseason on an 18-match winning streak. On Monday, Florida Southern was announced as the No. 1 seed and host for the 2017 NCAA South Regional, which will take place at Jenkins Field House from Nov. 30 - Dec. 2.

With three first team all-SSC selections, the Mocs have now tallied 62 first team all-conference honors throughout the history of the program. Tovo's honor is the fourth of her career after earning a spot on the all-newcomer team in 2014, second team honors in 2015, first team honors last year. Mattson's award is the second of her career; she was a second team all-SSC selection a season ago. Besancenez's all-conference honor is the first of her career, and Stephens also earned Coach of the Year in 2005.

This season, Besancenez was named as the SSC Setter of the Week four times, while Mattson was a two-time SSC Offensive Player of the Week. Tovo earned SSC Offensive Player and AVCA National Player of the week honors earlier this month and was also named as a CoSIDA Academic all-district selection.

During the regular season, Florida Southern led the Sunshine State Conference in assists per set (13.09), hitting percentage (.264), kills per set (14.09), total assists (1,466), total digs (1,955), and total kills (1,578). The Mocs were ranked among the top 40 nationally in assists per set, hitting percentage, kills per set and total kills. Besancenez led the conference and was 10th nationally in assists per set (11.71), while Mattson and Tovo were second and fourth, respectively, in the SSC in kills per set.

The 2017 NCAA South Regional begins next week at Jenkins Field House, and Florida Southern will face eighth-seeded Kentucky State in the first round at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30. For a complete schedule of the regional, click HERE.

Player of the Year: Ally Rohn, Palm Beach Atlantic
Freshman of the Year: Melanie Canfield, Embry-Riddle
Newcomer of the Year: Melanie Canfield, Embry-Riddle
Coach of the Year: Jill Stephens, Florida Southern

2017 Volleyball ALL-SSC First Team
Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown
OH/S Ally Rohn Palm Beach Atlantic Jr. Cedar Lake, Ind.
OH Nicole Mattson* Florida Southern Jr. Oviedo, Fla.
OH Denvyr Tyler-Palmer*~ Nova Southeastern Jr. Jacksonville, Fla.
OH Anna Tovo^#~ Florida Southern Sr. Aiken, S.C.
MB Sarah Kimmey Palm Beach Atlantic Sr. Jacksonville, Fla.
S Bethany Besancenez Florida Southern Jr. St. Peters, Mo.
MB Kristina Filimonova~ Barry So. Moscow, Russia
L Olivia Roa Embry-Riddle So. Port Orange, Fla.
2017 Volleyball ALL-SSC Second Team
Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown
MH Taylor Fosler~ Tampa So. Ocala, Fla.
OH Bri Civiero^~ Rollins Sr. Mount Dora, Fla.
S Anna Garrett Saint Leo So. Merritt Island, Fla.
OH/RS Shannon McDonough*~ Rollins Sr. Orlando, Fla.
OH Britt Sederholm Saint Leo So. Ogden, Utah
MB Maddie Span Palm Beach Atlantic Jr. St. Petersburg, Fla.
L Kaitlyn Sibson~ Eckerd Sr. Tampa, Fla.
2017 Volleyball ALL-SSC Newcomer Team
Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown
OH Melanie Canfield Embry-Riddle Fr. Tallahassee, Fla.
Opp Jasmine Schmidt Palm Beach Atlantic Fr. Parker, Colo.
OH Sonja Udovcic Lynn So. Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
OH Paula Hoffmann Eckerd Fr. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
OH Sorrel Houghton Tampa Fr. Osteen, Fla.
OH Ashley Quero Saint Leo Fr. Hialeah, Fla.

^ = 2016 First Team All-SSC
*  = 2016 Second Team All-SSC
# = 2015 Second Team All-SSC
~ = Former All-SSC Newcomer Team Selection