Konkel named Freshman of the Year; Five Phoenix earn All-Conference nods
Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Konkel named Freshman of the Year; Five Phoenix earn All-Conference nods
L-R: Hazel Konkel, Nicole Bott, Harlee Kate Reid, Isabelle Curcio, and Luciana Arena

LEBANON, Tenn.-- Cumberland’s Hazel Konkel was named the Mid-South Conference Women’s Volleyball Freshman of the Year. Five Phoenix were named All-Conference as Konkel and Harlee Kate Reid each earned First Team while Luciana Arena, Nicole Bott, and Isabella Curcio each were Second Team selections.  

Konkel is the first Cumberland women’s volleyball player to earn Freshman of the Year honors. She finished second on the team in kills posting 243 this season with the highest hiit percentage at .444. Konkel also leads the team in blocks with 102 this season helping her earn one Mid-South Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors. She also is second on the team in total points behind Reid with 313.0 this season.

Reid earned First Team All-Conference honors for the first time in career for her efforts in her senior season. Reid led her team in kills with 276 and had the second highest count of digs with 192. Reid counted four double-doubles this season, one of which came during a win over Lindsey Wilson when she recorded her career high of 23 kills. 

Arena picked up All-Conference recognition for the first time in her career, joining as a Second-Team member. Arena started in all 28 matches this season and recorded 127 kills for a .292 attacking percentage. She had the second highest number of blocks for the Phoenix with 84. 

Bott joins Arena as a Second-Team All-Conference member, after an outstanding first season with the Phoenix. Bott led the team in assists with 521 and had the third most digs with 176. Bott recorded an impressive six double-doubles this season, picking up her career high in digs (18) and assists (31)  in a 3-2 loss against regular season champions Campbellsville University.

In her last season with the Phoenix, Curcio garnered Second-Team honors for the second year in a row. The right side attacker picked up 215 kills after starting in all 28 games for the Phoenix. She had the highest amount of blocks out of all pin-hitters with 48 total. Curcio had a season high of 14 kills twice this season, once in a win over Campbellsville. 


2022 Mid-South Conference Volleyball All-Conference Honors
Regular Season Champions - Campbellsville University
Player of the Year Molly Shannon - Campbellsville University
Setter of the Year Paige Merrick - Campbellsville University
Defender of the Year Juliet Banks - University of the Cumberlands
Freshman of the Year Hazel Konkel - Cumberland University
Head Coach of the Year Peyton Johnston - Campbellsville University
Assistant Coach of the Year Amanda Cunningham - Freed-Hardeman University
First Team All-Conference 
Juliet Banks - University of the Cumberlands
Asia Ferrando - Thomas More University
Allyson Grava - University of the Cumberlands
Hazel Konkel - Cumberland University
Andrea Laboy - Campbellsville University
Sam McClanahan - Thomas More University
Hannah McGowan - Bethel University
Cierra Merrick - Campbellsville University
Paige Merrick - Campbellsville University
Harlee Kate Reid - Cumberland University
Macie Rhoads - Shawnee State University
Camryn Rich - Lindsey Wilson College
Molly Shannon - Campbellsville University
Nayeli Vilchez - Bethel University
Second Team All-Conference
Luciana Arena - Cumberland University
Kendall Arnold - University of the Cumberlands
Madison Bidwell - Lindsey Wilson College
Anna Blumeier - University of the Cumberlands
Nicole Bott - Cumberland University
Mariane Cassiano - Campbellsville University
Isabella Curcio - Cumberland University
Kacey Donegan - Freed-Hardeman University
Hunter Keller - Georgetown College
Sawyer Lorentz - Thomas More University
Savanah Pippin - Lindsey Wilson College
Alexis Smith - Lindsey Wilson College
Alix Stoermer - Lindsey Wilson College
Brianna Turner - University of Tennessee Southern
Honorable Mention All-Conference 
Ally Albrinck - Thomas More University
McKenna Barfield - Campbellsville University
Laura Howell - University of Tennessee Southern
Hannah McGill - Campbellsville University
Kameshia Moxley - Bethel University
Sophia Ortega - University of Tennessee Southern
Jayden Watkins - Freed-Hardeman University