Ginnings named Mid-South Conference Defender of the Year
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Ginnings named Mid-South Conference Defender of the Year

LEBANON, Tenn.--Cumberland University libero Caleb Ginnings was named the Mid-South Conference Defender of the Year while Jordan Pierce garnered Second Team honors and Luka Ilic was named to the Honorable Mentions. 

Ginnings is the first player in program history to earn the MSC Defender of the Year honors. He was also named First Team All-Mid-South Conference. 

Ginnings has the second-most digs in the NAIA this season with 425, a single-season program best. He was named Mid-South Conference Defender of the Week for four consecutive weeks and earned national honors once. The four MSC weekly awards were more than anyone else in the conference in any of the categories. 

He notched double-figure digs in 25 of Cumberland's 36 matches this season, five of those went for 20 or more. Ginnings posted 25 digs in the Phoenix's biggest win of the year upsetting No. 3 William Penn. 

Pierce earned second team honors for the first time in his career, as he earned First Team honors in 2020 and Honorable Mention honors in 2021. He eclipsed 2,000 assists in his career earlier this season becoming the first Phoenix to reach that mark. He currently has 914 assists on the season, fifth-most in the NAIA. 

Pierce has also gone over 100 kills and digs on the season. He is second on the team in digs posting 187 up to this point. He earned Mid-South Conference Setter of the Week honors one time this season. 

Ilic made his way onto the Honorable Mentions list after posting 199 kills this season with 130 digs. He leads the team in service aces with 31 and has picked up 27 total blocks on the year.

Griffin Newby was recognized as a member of the Mid-South Conference Champions of Character team presented to those whom display leadership on campus and in the community while demonstrating the five core character values of the NAIA.

Jacob Edgerley, CJ Freeman, Caleb Ginnings, Luka Ilic, and Codville Rogers each were named to the Academic All-Conference Team. In order to be nominated, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved at least sophomore academic status.

Cumberland will begin action in the Mid-South Conference Championships tomorrow as they take on Thomas More University at 2:00 p.m.

2022 Mid-South Conference Men’s Volleyball All-Conference Honors

Regular Season Champions

Georgetown College

Tournament Champions

 

Player of the Year

Krzysztof Kowalski - Georgetown College

Setter of the Year

Ryan Smith - Campbellsville University

Defender of the Year

Caleb Ginnings - Cumberland University

Freshman of the Year

Bastian Korreck - Campbellsville University

Head Coach of the Year

Andrew Palmer - Georgetown College

Assistant Coach of the Year

JB Brinkerhoff - Georgetown College

 

 

First Team All-Conference (Listed in Alphabetical Order)

Name

School

Pos.

Yr.

Hometown

Alex Cabana

Life University

MB

Jr.

Banes, Cuba

Jacob Desouza

St. Andrews University

OPP

Gr.

Quail Valley, Calif.

Caleb Ginnings

Cumberland University

L

So.

Kingston Springs, Tenn.

Ryan Gunn

Georgetown College

OH

So.

Auckland, New Zealand

Finn Heinemann

Georgetown College

S

Fr.

Paderborn, Germany

Diego Hernandez

St. Andrews University

OH

Sr.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Daniel Hermida

Webber International University

OH

Sr.

Orlando, Fla.

Bastian Korreck

Campbellsville University

MB

Fr.

Aachen, Germany

Krzysztof Kowalski

Georgetown College

OH

So.

Ostroleka, Poland

Janmanuel Montalvo

St. Andrews University

OH

So.

Juncos, Puerto Rico

Liam Morrissey

Georgetown College

OPP

Jr.

Las Vegas, Nev.

Tinaishe Ndavazocheva

Webber International University

MB

Fr.

Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Ryan Smith

Campbellsville University

S

Jr.

Parker, Col.

Jeremy Torres

Warner University

OPP/OH

Jr.

 Juncos, Puerto Rico

 

 

Second Team All-Conference (Listed in Alphabetical Order)

Name

School

Pos.

Yr.

Hometown

Jason Camacho

Campbellsville University

OH/S

Sr.

Orlando, Fla.

Javier Cornier

Life University

S

Sr.

Santurce, Puerto Rico

Matthew Corrales

Reinhardt University

OH/RS

Gr.

Orlando, Fla.

Chase Cross

Reinhardt University

OH

So.

Orlando, Fla.

Jose Gonzalez

Warner University

M/OPP

Sr.

Toa Baja, Puerto Rico

Eric Heller

Campbellsville University

MB

Fr.

Baselland, Switzerland

Ho Yin Leung

Campbellsville University

OH

Fr.

Hong Kong

Chris Ludwig

Webber International University

OH/RS

Sr.

Fort Pierce, Fla.

Jay Montalvo

Campbellsville University

L/OH

Gr.

Ocala, Fla.

Fernand Morales

Bluefield University

L

Fr.

Toa Alta, Puerto Rico

Jordan Pierce

Cumberland University

OH/OPP

Jr.

Huntsville, Ala.

Miguel Vega

Georgetown College

MB

Fr.

Cartagena, Colombia

Tyree Wesley

Georgetown College

MB

So.

St. Louis, Mo.

Peyten Young

Webber International University

MB/S

So.

Fall City, Wash.

 

Honorable Mention All-Conference (Listed in Alphabetical Order)

Name

School

Pos.

Yr.

Hometown

Victor Bazzo

Midway University

OH

Jr.

Gloria de Dourados, Brazil

CJ Bride

Georgetown College

L

Jr.

Louisville, Ky.

Dakota Hotaling

St. Andrews University

S

Jr.

Center Moriches, N.Y.

Luka Ilic

Cumberland University

OH

Jr.

Belgrade, Serbia

Felipe Mendes

Warner University

OH

Fr.

Parana, Brazil

Ryan Ollie

Life University

RS

So.

Miami, Fla.

Victor Pacheco

Reinhardt University

RS

So.

Johns Creek, Ga.