NASHVILLE --- In her final season in blue and white, Samantha Beltran posted 881 assists, 273 digs, 109 kills, 25 service aces, and 29 blocks to earn her a spot on the All-OVC Second Team. One-of-four captains for Tiger volleyball, Beltran led the team to sweep the first tournament to be held in Kean Hall, facilitated the offense throughout the season including the upset win against crosstown rival Belmont, and notched her career-high assists with 61 against Jacksonville State.
The senior setter ranked third in the league averaging 7.87 assists per set and holds the second spot in all-time assists for Tiger volleyball recording 3,594 assists over her four years. Beltran’s name is also sitting at the number 5, 6 and 12 spots for single season set assists with 1,134 in 2014, 1,128 in 2015 and 881 in 2017, respectively.
The Mississauga, Ontario native was named to the All-OVC Preseason Team as a junior, took home the OVC Academic Medal of Honor her sophomore year and earned a spot on the OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times.
Austin Peay, regular-season conference champs earned two spots on All-OVC First Team, two on All-OVC Second Team and took home the Player, Setter and Coach of the Year awards. The conference tournament, hosted by the Govs began today.
OVC MAJOR AWARDS
Player of the Year: Ashley Slay, Austin Peay
Freshman of the Year: Katirah Johnson, Murray State
Defensive Player of the Year: Chloe Rojas, Eastern Kentucky
Setter of the Year: Kristen Stucker, Austin Peay
Coach of the Year: Taylor Mott, Austin Peay
ALL-OVC FIRST TEAM
Ashley Slay, Austin Peay
Arianna Person, Belmont
Taylor Joens, SIUE
Kristen Stucker, Austin Peay
Jemima Idemudia, UT Martin
Allyson Zuhlke, Jacksonville State
Celina Sanks, Eastern Kentucky
Nzingha Clark, Southeast Missouri
Taylor Smith, Eastern Illinois
Chloe Rojas, Eastern Kentucky
Rachel Giustino, Murray State
Rachel Holthaus, Murray State
Allie Hueston, Eastern Illinois
Krissa Gearring, Southeast Missouri
ALL-OVC SECOND TEAM
Ashley Witt, SIUE
Christina White, Austin Peay
Cassie Knutson, Eastern Kentucky
Katirah Johnson, Murray State
Kirsten Brugere, Tennessee Tech
Samantha Beltran, Tennessee State
Brooke Moore, Austin Peay