Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Former Bishop England and College of Charleston volleyball star Cole Dawley highlights the Cougars' 2014 Wall of Fame induction class.
Dawley is one of six former College of Charleston volleyball players to be inducted this year. Alisa Long, Sara Davis, Sarah Havel, Elyse Chubb and Darcy Dorton join Dawley on this year's prestigious list.
The six players combined to win 11 conference championships and six NCAA tournament appearances in a decade, turning College of Charleston into the premier volleyball program in the Southern Conference and one of the top-10 winningest programs in the nation.
“I am proud and honored to be a part of a program that has had so many great players throughout the years,” Charleston volleyball coach Jason Kepner said. “This is our second class to be inducted onto our Wall of Fame and all six players deserve this honor. If you are a fan of the College of Charleston, you will remember cheering for all these players and know the impact they had during their years in Charleston.”
Dawley was a part of two NCAA tournament teams from 2007-10 and finished as one of the best setters in College of Charleston history. She was named SoCon Rookie of the Year in 2007 and SoCon Player of the Year in 2010, just the second player in league history to win both awards. She was a three-time AVCA All-South Region honorable mention, and a three-time All-SoCon first team honoree. She ranks fourth all-time with 3,737 assists, the most in the 25-point era. She also ranks fourth all-time with a .323 hitting percentage and eighth all-time with 1,331 digs.
Chubb led College of Charleston as a middle blocker from 2008-11, advancing to the NCAA Tournament in 2009. Along with Dawley, she is one of four Charleston players selected All-SoCon First Team three times. Chubb was also selected the SoCon Freshman of the Year. She ranks 10th all-time with 1,218 career kills, and is second all-time with a .336 career attack percentage. She's second all-time with 486 career total blocks, finishing in the top 10 with 1,509 career points and still holds the school record for highest attack percentage in a single match, hitting .800 against The Citadel with 10 kills.
Long helped usher in Charleston's 13-year streak of conference titles. She was on Charleston's first SoCon regular season title team in 2001 and the school's first women's team to participate in the NCAA Tournament in 2002. She was All-SoCon first team in 2003 and second team in 2002. She ranks third all-time with 471 career blocks, averaging 1.01 per set and leading the Cougars in blocks in 2001-03. Her 1,488 career kills rank fourth all-time.
Davis played libero and outside hitter for Charleston from 2001 to 2004. She was SoCon Freshman of the Year and first team All-SoCon in 2001. She was All-SoCon second team in 2002 and 2004, and made the SoCon all-tournament team in 2004. She was a part of NCAA Tournament teams in 2002 and 2004, and ranks sixth all-time at C of C with 1,416 digs. She's tied for fourth all-time with 133 career matches played. Her 27 kills against Chattanooga in 2001 mark the most in a four-set match in C of C history.
Havel was a Senior CLASS Award First Team All-American and two-time All-SoCon first team. She was named AVCA All-South Region Honorable Mention in 2011 and earned SoCon All-Tournament team honors in 2009-11. Havel finished fourth all-time with 463 total blocks, including 83 solo rejections. Her .295 career attack percentage ranks eighth all-time, as she finished with 1,032 career kills. Havel holds the all-time record for most total blocks in a match with 17 against Elon in 2010.
The most recent inductee concluded her two years at College of Charleston this past spring. Dorton played in 2012 and 2013 after transferring from Penn State where she won a national championship in 2009. She was a two-time AVCA All-America Honorable Mention recipient, the first player in C of C history to be a two-time All-American. After leading College of Charleston to the program's second-ever NCAA Tournament victory and first win over a ranked team in 2012, she became the first player in CAA history to win the Preseason Player of the Year, Player of the Year and Tournament MVP in the same season in 2013. She ranks third all-time with 3.92 kills per set and 4.31 points per set over her career. Her 27 kills against Miami tie for the fifth-most ever in a single match and the most in an NCAA match in College of Charleston history.
The Wall of Fame incluces 25 players representing every era of College of Charleston volleyball, from NAIA through the transition to Division I to dominance in the SoCon and now success in the CAA. Selections are decided by a committee that considers individual accolades, statistics and team success. The 2014 induction class will be honored Sept. 27 during Alumni Weekend.
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