College of Charleston junior Darcy Dorton earned AVCA All-South Region Honors, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced on Tuesday afternoon.
A native of Muncie, Ind., Dorton finished the 2012 season with 529 kills (4.20/set) for the most CofC kills in a single season in the rally scoring era that began in 2001. Dorton’s average of 4.20 kills per set ranks fourth all-time in the CofC record books.
Dorton was named an All-Southern Conference First Team selection and led the squad in total kills (52) during the Cougars’ run through the Southern Conference Tournament to a league-best seventh tournament championship.
The redshirt-junior then spearheaded the Cougars’ five-set thrilling victory over No. 23 Miami in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Dorton set a new career high and a CofC record for kills in an NCAA Tournament match as she landed 27 kills to give CofC just its second-ever NCAA Tournament win and first victory over a ranked opponent.
Dorton becomes the first player in CofC history to earn a spot on the AVCA All-Region team after such recent standouts as Sarah Havel and Cole Dawley earned All-Region Honorable Mention status. Dorton’s spot on the All-Region team guarantees her the designation of AVCA All-America Honorable Mention which will be announced at the NCAA Volleyball Championships later this month.
Dorton earned AVCA All-America Honorable Mention honors in her freshman season at Penn State, but she becomes the first College of Charleston player to garner that accolade in program history.