DANVILLE, Va. – The Virginia Sports Information Directors announced their 2018 College Division All-State women's volleyball teams on Friday afternoon, and Marymount University Head Coach Beth Ann Wilson was named the Coach of the Year, while senior Caroline Hanson and sophomore Maggie Viniard were named to the first team.
Wilson led the Saints to one of their most successful seasons in program history in 2018, winning the program's first-ever conference championship and earning the first-ever berth into the NCAA Division III tournament. In the first season of the Atlantic East Conference, Marymount captured the league's first-ever conference title, 3-1, over Cabrini University.
Overall, the Saints finished the year with a 26-5 record, including 5-1 in Atlantic East play.
Hanson finished the year as the Saints' offensive leader, posting 340 kills and 54 service aces. Her 4.66 points-per-set average was good for 24th in the country and second in the Atlantic East Conference. Hanson also ranked third in the Atlantic East with her kills and service aces.
As one of the Saints' most versatile players, Hanson also finished the year second on the team with 49 total blocks and 290 digs. She averaged 3.78 kills per set and 3.22 digs per set, as an important offensive and defensive contributor.
Viniard proved to be one of the top setters in the country, and arguably the best in the Atlantic East, in her second season in blue and white.
She led the conference with 1066 assists and 10.45 assists per set, which were good for 45th and 22nd in the country, respectively. Her totals allowed the Saints to rank first as a team in the conference and 22nd in the nation with 12.50 assists per set. She also finished the year with 270 digs and 37 service aces.
Both Hanson and Viniard have enjoyed a decorated postseason, both earning spots on the American Volleyball Coaches' Association honorable mention All-America team, the AVCA All-East Region team, and the All-Atlantic East first team, as well.
Hanson was also honored as the Atlantic East Co-Player of the Year.