Seivers secures first MC selection for volleyball

Maryville College senior Jennifer Seivers skies for a kill earlier this season. Seivers was named Maryville volleyball’s first All-American player on Monday.

Maryville College senior Jennifer Seivers skies for a kill earlier this season. Seivers was named Maryville volleyball’s first All-American player on Monday.

She arrived four seasons ago one of her coach’s greatest-ever recruits.

Four years later, Jennifer Seivers is leaving Maryville College volleyball in much the same fashion.

The Louisville native was named an honorable mention All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Tuesday. In doing so, she became the first player in Maryville coach Kandis Schram’s 22-year tenure to secure an All-American selection.

The All-America selection follows on Seivers being named the Great South Athletic Conference Player of the Year earlier this month. The Webb School product was an All-South Region selection prior to securing the national honor.

Seivers is the second member of her family to gain an All-American nod. Her father, Larry, was an All-American wide receiver at the University of Tennessee.

Becoming Maryville’s first volleyball All-American was a bittersweet achievement, Seivers said. The Scots were upset by rival Piedmont in the championship match of the Great South tournament last weekend, ending Maryville’s five-year run as champion.

“It’s still kind of sinking in,” Seivers said of the national acclaim. “It’s exciting, but that (Piedmont claiming the conference crown) is still in the back of my mind.

“I don’t have any regrets. We all played hard. They (the Lady Lions) just played better.”

Maryville sports information director Eric Etchison notified Schram of Seiver’s All-American selection on Monday as the coach was passing his office door. A former coach himself, Etchison played it cool.

“Etch said, ‘Hey, Kandy. Did you see where Jen made All-American?’” Schram said. “I said, ‘No. Get out.’

“It was really pretty cool. She’d gotten all-region, but I thought it would stop there, not making the (NCAA) tournament and (Maryville) having an average year.”

Seivers delivered a barnburner of a season in her final campaign as a Scot. She led both Maryville and the Great South with 384 kills, averaging 3.88 put-aways per game. She made good on .240 percent of her shots, a sizzling number at the college level.

Seivers leaves Maryville as the all-time leader in kills per game and service aces.

“This year, (junior) Ashley (Burnett) did an amazing job setting,” Seivers said. “That made all the difference.”

Burnette, a biology major, was recently named an Academic All-American district selection.

Seivers was named the Great South Freshman of the Year her first season at Maryville. The Scots star never let up from there, Schram said.

“She was the No. 1 outside hitter among (All-American) nominations in the whole South Region,” Schram said. “This year, we played a tremendously difficult season. We lost to some of the teams coached by members of that (selection) committee, and they saw what she could do. She wasn’t just a name on a paper.”

Now, the trailblazing Scot is the program’s first All-American player.

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