Carole Souza (left) was named freshman of the year and Mikayla Fultz was awarded the sportsmanship award by the conference Monday.

Lake Land volleyball player Carole Souza was named Freshman of the Year in the GRAC and sophomore Mikayla Fultz was cited as co-winner of the Sportsmanship Award, it was announced Monday morning.

Sophomores Katie Tarkington, Ashlyn Clem, and Ashlyn MacDonald were also selected to the all-conference volleyball team.

Souza, an outside hitter from Sao Paulo, Brazil, followed up her All-Region nod with the Freshman of the Year award. Souza had 296 kills, good for second on the team, hit .288, and recorded 356 digs, also second on the team. Souza averaged 3.18 kills per set, and added 36 service aces. She missed 13 matches throughout the season due to injury.

Fultz, a sophomore from Mattoon, was named co-winner of the sportsmanship award along with Lincoln Trail College’s Mackenzie Rinehart. Fultz saw action in 28 matches, averaging 1.27 digs per set.

MacDonald, a sophomore opposite side hitter from Mattoon, led the Lakers with 299 kills, hitting .251. She also added 34 total blocks.

Ashlyn MacDonald

Clem, a sophomore libero from Danville, was the team leader in digs with 614, which was 15th overall in the nation. She averaged 4.51 per set. Both MacDonald and Clem had previously been named to the Region 24 All-Region team.

Ashlyn Clem

Tarkington, a sophomore middle hitter from Vandalia, also earned all-conference mention after recording 274 kills, which was fourth on the team. She led the team both with a .399 hitting percentage and in blocks with 83, including 38 solo.

Katie Tarkington

John A. Logan and Lake Land tied for the most members on the All-Conference Teams with three apiece. Kameryn Sillmon from Logan was named the GRAC Player of the Year.

GRAC All-Conference Awards

MVP – Kameryn Sillmon (JALC)

Freshman of the Year – Caroline Souza (LL)

Sportsmanship Award – Mikayla Fultz (LL) and Mackenzie Rinehart (LT)

Kim Hall (Logan)

Alanis Below (Logan)

Lexie Barnes (Logan)

Katie Tarkington (Lake Land)

Ashlyn Clem (Lake Land)

Ashlyn Macdonald (Lake Land)

Brooklynn Smith (Kaskaskia)

Carter Mohesky (Kaskaskia)

Taylor Powell (Kaskaskia)

Tori Combs (Lincoln Trails)

Hannah Estes (RLC)

Kate Broster (Wabash)

Andrea Mangual (Wabash)