Greencastle, Ind.- DePauw senior right-side hitter Morgan Stearley (Center Point, Ind./ Northview) has been named the North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year in voting by the conference's coaches. This marks the second consecutive season a DePauw player has earned the distinction after Suzanne Peters garnered the award last year.
For the third time in Stearley's career, she has also been named to the All-NCAC first team. In 27 total regular-season matches, she has led not only the Tigers but the NCAC in kills per set (3.92) and points per set (4.4). Playing a significant role in DePauw's 5-3 conference record and 15-12 overall record Stearley has tallied 13 double-double performances, which includes her season-high 30-kill and 16-dig effort in a grueling match against Muskingum in September. Across 91 total regular season sets, she has recorded 357 kills, and has just 114 hitting errors in 942 attempts, giving her a .258 hitting percentage.
Joining Stearley on the All-NCAC team was senior outside hitter Liv Hartman (Danville, Ind/ Danville), who was named to the second team for a second straight year after earning an honorable mention in 2017. Hartman had a significant role in the Tigers matchup against Whitman in early September, tallying 11 kills and just one error, resulting in a .400 hitting percentage, across DePauw's three-set sweep. On the defensive, she has recorded 29 block assists this season, putting her on track to surpass her last two seasons' block assists totals in fewer sets.
The Tigers are slated to play in Springfield, Ohio, in the Quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. against Hiram.