Lees-McRae’s Markle named Conference Carolinas Player of Year

The nation’s leader in kills received the top individual honor from Conference Carolinas.

The Conference Carolinas announced Tuesday that Lees-McRae outside attacker Brady Markle was selected as the 2015 conference Player of the Year..


Markle finished the regular season with a nation-best 5.23 kills per game average and had double-digit kills in 19 matches. In addition, the senior had 38 kills in a five-game victory against North Greenville in March to set a conference record for most kills in a single-match.

Despite Markle’s offensive performance, Lees-McRae was one of two Conference Carolinas teams that did not qualify for the eight-team conference tournament.

Among the other players receiving the conference’s top honors included Barton libero Michael McMahon repeating as Defensive Player of the Year and King setter Nick Drooker being named the Freshman of the Year.

Coach Paul Lawson after leading Pfeiffer to the regular season championship was selected as the Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year. The Falcons also had four players selected to the all-conference team.

A voting committee of the Conference Carolinas coaches selected the award-winners and all-conference teams.

2015 CONFERENCE CAROLINAS AWARDS
Player of Year: Brady Markle
Defensive Player of the Year: Michael McMahon, Barton
Freshman of the Year: Nick Drooker, King
Coach of the Year: Paul Lawson

2015 ALL-CONFERENCE FIRST-TEAM
Setter: David Specian, Pfeiffer
Outside attacker: Nolan Albrecht, Belmont Abbey
Outside attacker: Brady Markle, Lees-McRae
Outside attacker: Michael Michelau, Erskine
Outside attacker: Pierre Tang-Taye, Barton
Outside attacker: Roberto Perez Vargas, Erskine
Libero: Michael McMahon, Barton

2015 ALL-CONFERENCE SECOND-TEAM
Setter: Tyler Yanez, Mount Olive
Outside attacker: Fabio Diniz, Pfeiffer
Outside attacker: Sonny Hirini, Pfeiffer
Outside attacker: Jonathan Martinez, Pfeiffer
Outside attacker: Eddie Moushikhian, King
Middle attacker: Andrew Sydow, Mount Olive
Libero: Josh Donahue, Mount Olive

2015 ALL-CONFERENCE THIRD-TEAM
Setter: Federico Pagliara, Barton
Opposite: Bret Rutledge, Mount Olive
Outside attacker: Bruno Kretzschmar, Limestone
Middle attacker: Joel Muhlbach, Limestone
Middle attacker: Matthew McManaway, North Greenville
Middle attacker: Tanner Medina, Barton
Libero: Dustin King, North Greenville