Volleyball: Swearingen Named PAC Coach of the Year

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Tammy Swearingen

GREENVILLE, Pa. – The Westminster College volleyball team had five players named on the All-Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Teams, announced by the PAC on Tuesday. The league's nine head coaches determined, by vote, this year's All-PAC teams and annual award winners.

Westminster College 27th-year Head Coach Tammy Swearingen was named the PAC Coach of the Year, while senior outside hitter Reilly DeGeorge (Ashtabula, OH / Saint John) and sophomore middle blocker Becky Adelman (Randolph, OH / Waterloo) received All-PAC First Team recognition.

The First Team nod for DeGeorge was the first of her career and her third award overall, as she earned Second Team honors in her junior season and honorable mention recognition in her sophomore campaign. DeGeorge is currently second in the conference with 330 total kills, second with 45 service aces and eighth with 4.50 digs per set. The senior was named the PAC Player of the Week two times this season. DeGeorge was also named the PAC Championship Tournament's Most Outstanding Player and became the 11th Titan ever to achieve 1,000 career kills vs. W&J earlier this season.

Adelman received First Team honors after garnering All-PAC Second Team recognition and winning the PAC Freshman of the Year award last season. Adelman currently leads the conference with a .306 hitting percentage and 87 total blocks. The sophomore is second in the conference with 0.78 blocks per set. Adelman earned PAC Player of the Week recognition one time and was named to the PAC All-Tournament Team.

Earning All-PAC Second Team honors were sophomore outside hitter Maya Steward (Los Angeles, CA / William Howard Taft) and senior defensive specialist Josie Toporcer (Warren, OH / Lordstown).

Steward earned Second Team recognition for the second straight season. The sophomore is second on the team with 303 total kills and is tied for tenth in the conference with 2.68 kills per set. Steward is also third on the team with 370 total digs and 3.27 digs per set. Steward earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team at the Saint Vincent Bearcat Challenge earlier in the year.

Toporcer's Second Team honor marked the first all-conference selection of her career. Toporcer made the transition to libero after spending the majority of her career as an outside hitter. The senior currently leads the team and the conference with 708 total digs, a mark good enough for 10th among NCAA Division III counterparts. Toporcer is second in the conference and sixth in NCAA Divison III with 6.44 digs per set. Toporcer was also named to the PAC All-Tournament Team.

Sophomore setter Samantha Kelly (Irwin, PA / Penn-Trafford) garnered All-PAC Honorable Mention recognition for the first time in her career. Kelly leads the team and is sixth in the conference with 568 total assists and 5.03 assists per set. Senior middle blocker Haley Farmerie (Manor, PA / Greensburg Central Catholic) was named to the PAC All Sportsmanship Team.

Swearingen received Coach of the Year honors for the sixth time in her career after leading the Titans to their fourth PAC Championship since becoming eligible for the league crown in 2002. With its victory over Geneva in the PAC Championship match, the Titans received the conference's automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Division III Championship. The national appearance will be Westminster's fourth overall in program history, all under Swearingen. The other three national appearances were in 2008 and 2007 (both NCAA Tournament) and 1997 (NAIA Tournament after winning the Keystone-Empire Collegiate Conference (KECC) championship). Westminster has now boasted 17 All-PAC selections under Swearingen in the past three seasons. Swearingen earned the 600th victory of her career on 10/12/19 against Thiel.

Westminster will face Susquehanna University in the opening round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Volleyball Championship. The Titans (26-6) will play the River Hawks (31-6) at host Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Md., on Friday, Nov. 15 at 3 p.m.

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