League Honors Navy Volleyball Program with Awards
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. –– The Patriot League bestowed multiple individual honors on members of the Navy volleyball team on Tuesday with the announcement of the all-league teams and major awards. Navy head coach Larry Bock was selected as the Patriot League Coach of the Year, Patricia Mattingly (Jr., New Albany, Ind.) earned her second-straight league setter-of-the-year award, Mattingly and Tara Dotzauer (Sr., Raleigh, N.C.) received first-team all-league honors and Katie Patrick (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) garnered second-team all-league laurels.
Mattingly led all setters in the league during this year’s league campaign with both 622 assists and an average of 10.37 assists per set. Her overall total of 1,023 assists ranks second in the league and 84th nationally, and she ranks second in the league with an overall average of 9.56 assists per set. Her 1,023 assists this year has set a new Navy single-season rally scoring era record (since 2001), a total that also ranks sixth in school history. She dished out at least 40 assists in nine matches this year and snared 10 or more digs in 10 matches.
Mattingly is just the second Mid during the rally scoring era and the fifth in school history to have earned multiple first-team all-league accolades in a career. Navy has posted a 48-26 overall record (.648) and a 29-19 record (.604) in league play since she became the team’s starting setter midway through her freshman season.
Dotzauer put together the best season of her career this year. The right-side hitter and 2017 team captain ranks eighth in the league in kills per set for both all matches (2.91) and during the league season (2.92), while also ranking sixth in the league overall and ninth in league matches in hitting percentage (.316, .319, respectively). Dotzauer has totaled 288 kills this season after having recorded 356 during her first three seasons combined. She has tallied 10 or more kills in 14 matches in 2017 after having done so 10 times over the course of her first three seasons.
This is the first Patriot League post-season accolade of Dotzauer’s career.
Patrick also earned the first league nod of her career this season. The middle blocker ranks second in the league in blocks per set for both the full season (1.20) and in league play (1.23). Her overall average also stands 70th nationally, with her 128 total blocks ranking 39th in the country. The 128 blocks also is a new Navy rally scoring era single season record and ranks second overall in school history. She led or shared the Navy lead in blocks in 23 of the team’s 29 matches this year.
Patrick also ranks fourth in the league overall and seventh in league play with hitting percentages of .343 and .321, respectively. She recorded 10 or more kills in eight matches this season after having done so six times in her first two years combined. Her 223 kills this season bettered her previous season high of 173 set a year ago.
Bock and his staff of assistant coaches Jeremy Sands and Megan Shifflett have guided Navy to a second-place finish in the Patriot League this season with a 12-4 record against league foes, as well as a 22-7 record on the season. The 22 wins this year leaves the Mids one shy of tying the school record set by the 1992 team for the most as a Division I program (since 1991). Navy’s only league losses this year came in five-set decisions, with three of those setbacks coming to the additional teams that comprise this year’s Patriot League Tournament field. One of Navy’s wins was a four-set victory over American, which was the lone league defeat suffered by the Eagles this season and marked the first victory by the Mids in the series since 1989.
Now in his seventh year on The Yard, Bock, the winningest coach in NCAA volleyball history (1,347) has led the Mids to a 22-10 record (.688) in league play and a 42-16 record (.724) in all during the last two seasons. Navy will be making its third appearance in the Patriot League Tournament in the last four seasons (2014, 2016, 2017) this weekend and has compiled a 40-24 mark (.625) in league regular season play during this quadrennial.
This marks the third coach-of-the-year accolade won by a Navy volleyball coach and is the first in two decades.
Navy earned the No. 2 seed in the Patriot League Tournament –– the highest for the Mids since also being the No. 2 seed in 2005 –– and will face No. 3 Army West Point Saturday at 5 p.m. in Washington, D.C. in the semifinal round of the tournament. The winner of that match will face the winner of the No. 1 American vs. No. 4 Lehigh match Sunday at 3 p.m. in the championship match of the event.
2017 Patriot League Volleyball Major Award Winners
Player of the Year: Aleksandra Kazala, American, Jr., OH
Setter of the Year: Patricia Mattingly, Navy, Jr., S
Libero of the Year: Kristen Largay, American, So., L
Rookie of the Year: Alli Lowe, Colgate, Fr., OH
Coach of the Year: Larry Bock, Navy
All-Patriot League First Team
Aleksandra Kazala, American, Jr., OH
Carolyn Bockrath, Army West Point, Sr., MB
Vanessa Wesley, Army West Point, Jr., MB
Alli Lowe, Colgate, Fr., OH
Ana Spangenberg, Lehigh, So., RS
Tara Dotzauer, Navy, Sr., OPP
Patricia Mattingly, Navy, Jr., S
All-Patriot League Second Team
Kennedy Etheridge, American, Jr., S
Vela McBride, American, So., MB
Helena Elbaek, American, Fr., OH
Amber Clay, Army West Point, Sr., OH
Mimi Richards, Bucknell, So., MB
Lauren Bright, Lehigh, So., MB
Katie Patrick, Navy, Jr., MB