LEXINGTON, KY - Nicole Mattson earned her second-straight South Region Player of the Year honors, and Florida Southern College volleyball teammates Bethany Besancenez and Rachael Martin also earned all-South Region honors when the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its all-region selections on Wednesday. Mattson's honor is her third Player of the Year selection this season after being named as the South Region Player of the Year by the D2 Conference Commissioner's Association (D2CCA) and the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year.
Martin was previously named as a second team all-region selection by the D2CCA and a second team all-SSC honoree. Besancenez, who was a two-time SSC Setter of the Week honoree this year, earns all-region honors from the AVCA for the second-straight season.
The trio helped the Moccasins to a 22-11 record this season, earning their ninth-straight NCAA Tournament selection. Mattson put together one of the best seasons in school history by tallying 554 kills (4.62 per set), 428 digs (3.57 per set), and 49 blocks. Her season total for kills ranks seventh in school history, while her kills per set is the third-best mark in the program record book. She was a two-time SSC Offensive Player of the Week during the year and also earned Sports Imports/AVCA Division II National Player of the Week accolades.
Besancenez finished the year with 1,335 assists (11.03/set) and became just the second player in school history with 5,000 career assists. A third team all-America selection as a junior, she also earned CoSIDA/Google Cloud Academic all-District honors last week. Martin ended her sophomore campaign with 329 total kills (2.94/set) and 74 blocks (0.66/set). She was named as the SSC Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 1.