Coastal’s Hardeman nets all-region nod three-peat

Leah Hardeman of the Coastal Carolina women’s volleyball team has been named an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-South Region selection, it was announced this week. It is Hardeman’s third consecutive AVCA All-Region honor.

Hardeman is one of 14 student-athletes from the region to receive the honor. The South Region includes such schools as Arkansas, Auburn, LSU and Ole Miss.

Hardeman’s 2017 season was the best of her career as she reached personal bests in several statistical categories. The senior outside hitter led the Sun Belt Conference in both points (5.30) and kills (4.68) per set, while holding national rankings of eighth and 10th, respectively. Hardeman was also the conference’s eight-best hitter with a .304 percentage, and averaged over three digs per set for the first time in her career, helping her achieve a personal best of 18 double-doubles this season.

A six-time Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week, Hardeman capped the 2017 regular season by being voted the Sun Belt Player of the Year – her fourth conference Player of the Year honor. It is believed that Hardeman is the first student-athlete in NCAA Division I women’s volleyball history to be named a conference’s Player of the Year four times.

Hardeman was then voted the Most Outstanding Player of the Sun Belt Championship as she led Coastal to its fourth consecutive conference title, and secured the Chants a fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

Coastal opened the NCAA postseason at ninth-seeded Creighton, with Hardeman needing 21 kills to tie the program’s all-time kills record. Despite the loss in four sets, Hardeman landed 25 of her 51 swings to break the record and bring her career total to 1,811 kills.

In addition to total kills, Hardeman becomes the school’s career leader in total points (2,068.0) and points per set (4.72). She also finishes her career second in kills per set (4.13), fourth in service aces (122) and digs per set (2.88), seventh in solo blocks (72) and eighth in hitting percentage (.284).

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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