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KANSAS CITY, MO - After a record-setting week earned her recognition as an Appalachian Athletic Conference Player of the Week, Montreat College volleyball player Kendra Johnson (JR/Ararat, NC) was named the NAIA National Defender of the Week on Tuesday. 

Johnson  began her amazing week when she recorded 60 digs in a five-set win over Reinhardt (GA.). This broke the record for not only Montreat, but also the record for the Appalachian Athletic Conference for digs in a match. This effort also placed Johnson on the NAIA all-time single match list at No. 6 and is the most amount of digs in a match so far this season. In three matches played last week, Johnson had 122 total digs and three aces to help the Cavaliers to a 2-1 record on the week. Johnson currently ranks No. 14 nationally in total digs (315) and No. 16 in digs per game (5.7). This is the first National Player of the Week honor for Johnson.

Click HERE to read the official release from the NAIA


LAURINBURG, NC - The Montreat College volleyball team dropped a tough 3-2 decision to St. Andrews University on Tuesday night in Appalachian Athletic Conference action.

After falling 25-19 in the first set, the Cavaliers (4-12, 3-3 AAC) came storming back to take the next two sets (25-21; 25-23). The two teams went back and forth in the fourth set and, although Montreat fought off two set points, the Knights were able to take the frame 25-23. In the final set, the Knights would reel off seven straight points to start things off. However, the Cavaliers refused to go away and scored eight of the next nine points to tie the match. Holding on to a 13-12 lead, the Knights took advantage of a service error and a match-clinching kill to seal the victory.

Reigning NAIA National Player of the Week Kendra Johnson (JR/Ararat, NC) led four Montreat players in double figure digs, as the junior collected 24 on the night. Sara Rawls (SR/Brantford, Ontario) added 13 digs while Bella Huerta (FR/Burlington, NC) chipped in 11 digs to go along with 16 assists. Megan Condon (FR/Walnut Cove, NC) led the team with 26 assists while Anyla Kryeziu (JR/Prishtina, Kosovo), Emily Howard (SR/Olin, NC), and Courtney Glover (JR/Nashville, TN) combined for 35 kills. 

The Cavaliers will travel to Cleveland, TN on Saturday, September 24th to play a pair of matches. The team will face Truett-McConnell at 1pm, followed by a 3pm match against Bluefield.

ASHEVILLE, NC - The Appalachian Athletic Conference has announced their weekly awards and the Montreat College volleyball team had two team members recognized for outstanding play.

AAC Attacker of the Week

Emily Howard (SR/Olin, NC) 

Howard averaged 3.31 kills per set and posted a 0.462 hitting percentage in helping Montreat to a 2-1 record last week. In a 3-2 win over Reinhardt, she recorded 23 kills with only 2 errors in 35 attempts. For the week she posted 43 kills, 9 digs, 3 aces and 14 total blocks (6 solo, 8 assisted). On the season, Howard has 99 kills with a 0.193 hitting percentage and 48 total blocks.

AAC Defender of the Week

Kendra Johnson (JR/Ararat, NC) 

Johnson averaged 9.38 digs per set on the week as Montreat went 2-1. She recorded a school-record and AAC-record 60 digs in a 3-2 win over Reinhardt on Tuesday and registered 122 digs on the week to go with 3 aces. On the year, she has 315 digs and 10 service aces. She is currently ranked 14th nationally in both digs and digs pe set and the 60 dig effort against Reinhardt is the top performance in the NAIA this season.

You can read the full press release from the AAC HERE

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