Sims Named UAA Rookie of the Year; Earns All-Conference Accolades with Carroll

Sims Named UAA Rookie of the Year; Earns All-Conference Accolades with Carroll

Case Western Reserve University sophomore setter Shannon Carroll and freshman middle hitter Haley Sims each earned All-University Athletic Association recognition, while Sims was also selected as the conference's rookie of the year, announced by the league office on Tuesday.

Carroll was selected to the All-UAA Second Team, while Sims earned an All-UAA honorable mention. Carroll and Sims are first-time all-conference honorees.

Sims became the second Spartan ever to be named the UAA Rookie of the Year, the first since Natalie Southard earned the recognition in 2011. She finished the regular season with a .284 hitting percentage, which puts her at ninth in school history for attack percentage in a single-season. Sims led the team with 112 total blocks, including 81 block assists which puts her at 10th in school history for block assists in a single-season. She finished third on the team with 242 kills and 2.03 kills per set and was named UAA Player of the Week on September 13th.

Carroll averaged 8.31 assists per set during the 2016 season and has averaged 7.62 assists per set during her career which puts her at fourth on the Spartan's all-time list for assists per set in a career. The starting setter in every game during the season, Carroll led the Spartans with 989 assists.

The Spartans finished the regular season with a 21-10 overall record and finished in sixth-place at the UAA Championships.