INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Horizon League announced the 2015 All-League Honors Monday afternoon, with Cleveland State head coach Chuck Voss earning Horizon League Coach of the Year accolades, while Grace Kauth, Christina Toth, and Alexis Middlebrooks were named to the All-Horizon League Team and Rachel Stover was named to the All-Freshman Team.
The All-Horizon League teams are voted on by the league's nine head coaches, with coaches not allowed to vote for their own players.
This marks the fifth time under Voss that the Vikings have had three players earn all-league honors, and it is also the fifth time that four total players have earned postseason accolades.
Grace Kauth | All-Horizon League
Kauth picks up her second straight All-Horizon League accolade this season, and has now earned postseason honors from the Horizon League all three years of her Cleveland State career. Kauth has recorded 416 kills and 304 digs on the season – the only Horizon League player to surpass both marks this year. Entering the Horizon League Tournament she ranks fifth averaging 3.59 kills per set on the season, and is averaging 3.57 kills per set during league matches only.
So far this season Kauth has recorded 15 double-doubles, and has recorded career-highs in kills (28 vs. Valparaiso) and digs (23 @ Wright State). She has recorded double-digit kills in all but five matches, and has been CSU's top offensive threat during 12 contests.
Kauth is just shy of recording 1,000 career kills – needing just two more to achieve the feat. She is also close to becoming the sixth Viking all-time to reach 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs on their career, entering the league tournament with 998 kills and 874 digs.
Christina Toth | All-Horizon League
Toth is picking up the first postseason honor of her career, ending the regular season with a team-high 448 kills on the year. She ranks fourth among league players averaging 3.90 kills per set, and ranks eighth with a .273 hitting percentage on the year. In league matches only, Toth is averaging 3.81 kills per set and is hitting at a .254 clip.
Toth has notched double-digit kills in all but three matches this year, and has been Cleveland State's leading attacker in 19 contests. She has eclipsed the 20-kill mark three times, including a career-high 26 kills at Oakland.
Alexis Middlebrooks | All-Horizon League
Middlebrooks earned a spot on the All-Horizon League Team for the first time in her career, finishing the regular season ranked second among league players in hitting percentage (.335) and blocks (1.13 blocks per set). For the season, Middlebrooks has recorded 327 total kills, averaging 2.87 kills per set. She has also tallied a league-best 129 total blocks – a mark that ranks eighth on the CSU single-season record book.
Middlebrooks has been Cleveland State's best blocker during 17 matches this year, and has helped CSU hold opponents to a .191 hitting percentage. She has recorded at least five blocks in 16 matches, including a career-high nine against Indiana, Eastern Illinois, and Northern Kentucky.
Rachel Stover | All-Freshman Team
For the fourth straight season the Vikings had a representative on the All-Freshman Team, as Stover picked up the honor after posting 117 kills and 54 blocks during her freshman campaign. Stover has been in the starting lineup throughout the majority of the regular season, and has been an integral part of the Viking offense that is tops in the league in hitting percentage and kills per set.
Chuck Voss | Horizon League Coach of the Year
Voss picks up Horizon League Coach of the Year honors for the fourth time during his tenure at Cleveland State, also earning the accolade during 2005, 2009, and 2012. Voss led the Vikings to their third Horizon League Regular Season title in program history this season, guiding CSU to a 24-6 overall record and a 13-3 mark in league play.
The Vikings notched their sixth 20-win season under Voss this year, with the 24 wins marking the second highest single-season win total over the past 30 years. Cleveland State's 13 wins in league play ties the program record for league wins in a season.
Voss has a career coaching record of 289-188 at Cleveland State, and is just four wins shy of becoming the winningest coach in program history.
2015 Horizon League Volleyball Honors
Player of the Year: Stephenee Yancy, UIC (Sr., MB)
Defensive Player of the Year: Jillian Bauer, Green Bay (Sr., L)
Setter of the Year: Ciara Schultz, Oakland (Sr., S)
Freshman of the Year: Haley Libs, Northern Kentucky (OH)
Coach of the Year: Chuck Voss, Cleveland State
Stephenee Yancy, UIC (Sr., MB)
Grace Kauth, Cleveland State (Jr., OH)
Christina Toth, Cleveland State (Sr., OH)
Cassie Pelloni, Oakland (Sr., OH)
Emily Campbell, Valparaiso (Jr., OH)
Alexis Middlebrooks, Cleveland State (So., MH)
Allison Ketchum, Valparaiso (So., OH)
Haley Libs, Northern Kentucky (Fr., OH)
Lydia DeWeese, Green Bay (So., MB)
Jillian Bauer, Green Bay (Sr., L)
Sammy Condon, Oakland (So., MH)
Ciara Schultz, Oakland (Sr., S)
Myanna Ruiz, Milwaukee (Jr., L)
Melissa Deatsch, Oakland (Jr., OH)
Haley Libs, Northern Kentucky (OH)
Jessica Wolf, Green Bay (OH)
Maddie Williams, Milwaukee (MH)
Keyaira Lankheit, Northern Kentucky (MH)
Rachel Stover, Cleveland State (RS/OH)
Kayla Currier, Valparaiso (MH/RS)
Katherine Carlson, Valparaiso (OH)
Sarah Varcolla, Youngstown State, (OH)