Brunswick, Ga. – The College of Coastal Georgia women's volleyball team concluded another ultra-successful season last week at the NAIA National Volleyball Championship in Sioux City, Iowa.
Again, the Mariners won more than 30 games as their 31-6 final record gives the team its second-most wins in the five years of the program. Last year's team which advanced to the final site of the national championship for the first time in program history finished with a school-best 35-4 record.
In 2015, the Mariners again won the Southern States Athletic Conference regular-season crown with a 15-1 record before also capturing their second straight conference tournament crown by going unbeaten through five matches at the league tourney.
And again, the Mariners won an Opening Round match at home to advance to Sioux City as one of the final 24 teams in the national tournament.
Coastal Georgia finished the season ranked 20th in the country which is the program's highest-ever final ranking. Last year's team finished No. 23 in the final poll.
Once again this season, the Mariners put a balanced offense on the court, one which finished fifth in the NAIA rankings with a .282 hitting percentage and fourth in the country with 283 total aces for points.
For the season, the Mariners had five players hit the triple-digit mark for kills. Regan Coughlin, the SSAC Freshman of the Year, led the attack with 324 kills, fellow freshman Kyra White was second with 319, senior All-American Emma Anderson posted 298, junior all-conference performer Allie Shannon had 269 and senior all-conference selection Kara Neisen posted 192.
With her big finish, Neisen finishes her stellar four-year career with the Mariners as the new all-time leader for kills with 1,193.
For the third straight year, junior setter Cayley Meiners recorded more than 1,000 assists as this year she finished with 1,269 assists. Her 10.7 assists per set led the SSAC and also ranked her No. 16 in the country.
Meiners was named an All-American just this week after already winning all-conference honors and being named the top setter in the SSAC a second straight year.
Coughlin led Coastal Georgia's strong serving performance with a new school single-season record of 71 aces which also led the SSAC and ranked her seventh in the country.
Defensively, the Mariners were solid once again as five players recorded 200-plus digs including team leader Alyssa Keeve (440), Neisen (394), Coughlin (309), Anderson (230) and Meiners (214).
As for digs, Neisen moved to the top of the all-time list as she finishes her career with 1,316 total digs over her four years with the Mariners.
At the net, the Mariners improved their blocking performance as the team finished with a new team record of 328 total blocks including new highs for assisted blocks (460) and solo blocks (98).
The team's blocking effort was led by Shannon who posted a new school record with 132 blocks this season. White was second on the blocking chart with 124 blocks.
Coastal Georgia will return most of its roster from this season with only three senior graduating including Anderson, Neisen and Jessica Fujimoto.
Coastal Georgia's team and individual records as well as individual player bios have all been updated. You can access these on the volleyball team page on the athletic web site.