Dougherty named CAC Defensive Player of the Year; Dougherty, Chew earn All-CAC First Team honors

Dougherty named CAC Defensive Player of the Year; Dougherty, Chew earn All-CAC First Team honors

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) announced its individual and all-conference team awards on Thursday morning, and senior Hailey Dougherty was named the CAC Defensive Player of the Year and was selected for the All-CAC First Team. Joining Dougherty on the All-CAC First Team is sophomore Amanda Chew.

Dougherty, a defensive specialist from Nazareth, Pennsylvania, was named the conference Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league with 583 total digs and 5.35 digs per set. The senior captain has appeared in every match for the Sea Gulls in 2019 and was also named the CAC Defensive Player of the Week on three separate occasions. It is Dougherty's second all-conference honor of her career after landing a spot on the All-CAC Second Team in 2018. The libero sits fourth all-time in program history with 1,851 total digs.

Dougherty is Salisbury's eighth CAC Player of the Year award winner in program history and the first since Katie Stouffer following the 2016 season.

Chew, an outside hitter from Owings, Maryland, picks up her first all-conference award since joining the college ranks. The sophomore leads the league with 401 total kills and 3.68 kills per set while appearing in every contest for the Sea Gulls. She also picked up 13 double-doubles during the 2019 campaign and tallied 262 digs with a team-high 42 aces. The sophomore has been named CAC Offensive Player of the Week twice this season.

The volleyball team returns to action on Thursday evening when it travels to Mary Washington to take on the Eagles in the semifinal round of the CAC Tournament beginning at 7 p.m.

To view the entire 2019 All-CAC selections, click here.

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