Melbourne, Fla. – The accolades continue to roll in on Tuesday for Sonja Udovcic of the Lynn University volleyball team as the junior outside hitter was named to the All-Sunshine State Conference Second Team, as voted on by the leagues' coaches.
Udovcic joins the all-conference ranks this season as a junior, landing on the second team, following an All-SSC Newcomer Team selection last year as a sophomore.
The dynamic pin hitter led the Fighting Knights this season in kills (433), kills per set (3.97), total attacks (1,137), digs (398) and digs per set (3.65). She was second on the squad in hitting percentage (.257) and third in total blocks (52).
Her 3.97 kills per set was the second-highest mark in the SSC this season, behind only SSC Player of the Year Nicole Mattson, and ranks her 23rd in all of NCAA Division II. She also ranked 10th in the league in digs per set, among the highest of non-liberos, and was 19th in attack percentage.
Udovcic finished the 2018 season inside the top-10 on Lynn's individual-season record books for kills (6th), kills per set (6th) and attack attempts (7th). Her 433 kills this season are the most by a Fighting Knight since 2008.
Udovcic was named the SSC Offensive Player of the Week twice this season and was tabbed the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) National Player of Week earlier today – marking the first player in program history to garner the national award.
The SSC Player of the Year award goes to Nicole Mattson from Florida Southern College. Barry University's Steve Hendricks and the University of Tampa's Chris Catanach share the 2018 Coach of the Year honor, just as their team's share the league title this season. Amber Rowoldt of Palm Beach Atlantic University wins Freshman of the Year accolades while Barry's Megi Buvinic takes Newcomer of the Year honors.
Mattson and Kristina Filimonova of Barry highlight the list repeat all-conference award winners. Both players earned All-SSC First Team honors in 2017 and Mattson was named Second Team in 2016, while Filimonova was the Freshman of the Year that same season. Olivia Roa of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University dons Second Team honors this season following First Team accolades last year. Five First and Second Team honorees this season have earned All-Newcomer Team honors during their careers.
View the SSC release with the full list of honorees HERE.