YORK, Pa. - Gallaudet University and Salisbury University placed seven honorees on the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Silver Anniversary women's volleyball team. The CAC is celebrating its 25th year of varsity competition and is honoring 25 former and current student-athletes from one of the 19 championship sports. Selection to these teams are primarily based on season-ending conference awards as voted by the conference coaches.
Gallaudet University was a founding member of the CAC in 1989 and was a proud member until it left in 2010 to join the North Eastern Athletic Conference.
GU's seven selections to the CAC Silver Anniversary Team is led by multi-sport standout Ronda Jo Miller. The 2001 graduate has been inducted into the Gallaudet Athletics Hall of Fame for her women's basketball career in 2008 and women's volleyball career in 2014. Miller was a three-time CAC Player of the Year (1996, ’97, ’99) in women’s volleyball and a three-time American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) all-region honoree (1996, ’97, ’99). She became the first women’s volleyball player to earn CAC Player and Rookie of the Year in the same season (1996) and was a four-time All-CAC first team selection. Miller helped the Bison win their third and fourth CAC championships (1996, ’99) and made two NCAA tournament appearances. Her four single-season kill totals rank first (1,038 in 1999), second (896, ’97), third (845, ’98) and fifth (720, ’96) in CAC history and are in the Top 10 in Division III history. She finished her career with a NCAA record 3,579 kills (tops in Division I, II, III) on 7,117 attacks (.389 hitting percentage) in 583 sets played.
Miller is joined by Laurie Anderson Achin '03, Karen Gilbert, Dyan Kovacs '98, Tamijo Foronda '07, Brandy Otto '94 and Valerie Trofimenkoff '06.
Achin graduated from Gallaudet in 2003 and was inducted into the Gallaudet Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014. She was a three-year letterwinner and played a significant role in helping the team win the 1999 CAC championship and make a NCAA tournament appearance. She was a three-time all-conference honoree (1999, 2000, '01) and was named CAC Player of the Year in 2001.
Gilbert, a Gallaudet Athletics Hall of Fame 2010 inductee, became the first-ever Gallaudet University student-athlete to earn CAC Player of the Year honors in any sport in 1992. She led the CAC in blocks and service aces and the Bison went onto win the program’s first-ever CAC championship and a 33-13 record. Her 358 blocks and 118 service aces in a season are still CAC single-season records along with her 2.63 blocks per game average and 195 block assists. She also holds two CAC career records for matches played (182) and service aces (346). Gilbert was selected to four All-CAC first teams (1991, ’92, ’95, ’96).
Kovacs, a Gallaudet Athletics Hall of Fame 2014 inductee, earned two All-CAC first team selections (1994, ’95) and was the 1995 CAC Player of the Year. She still holds the CAC career mark for service aces per game (0.82). Her single-season service aces totals rank second (111 service aces in 1995) and fourth (104, ’94) in CAC history along with her aces per game/set totals of 0.96 (1994) and 0.90 (1995) that rank third and fourth, respectively, in conference history. Kovacs has other CAC single season marks for total blocks (244, ’93, ranks fourth overall), kills per game (5.02, ’95, fifth) and kills (617, ’95, ninth). Kovacs was a member of two CAC championship teams (1992, ’95).
Foronda was a two-time CAC Player of the Year award winner (2004 and ’06) and a three-time All-CAC first team receipient (2003, '04, '06). She still holds individual single-season marks in the CAC with 819 kills (fourth place) and kills per game averaging 5.89 (fourth place) behind only Miller in both categories.
Otto shared the 1993 CAC Player of the Year award with Goucher's Cassandra Clemons and still holds records as well for her career (1990-93) with 479 block solos, 399 block assists, and 771 total blocks. She also holds the single season block solo record with 265. She was a two-time All-CAC first team honoree (1992, '93).
Trofimenkoff was an all-conference honoree all four years during her career (2002-05) and landed on the first team twice (2003, '05). Her 204 total blocks in 2005 ranks sixth in the CAC single season record book.
The CAC was organized as a six-team affiliation in 1989 and began championship competition with the winter sports during the 1990-91 season. Membership changes in the last decade ultimately created a 10-team conference that has become one of the strongest in NCAA Division III.
CAC teams have won 18 national team championships, and dozens of other teams have finished in among the top four in NCAA Division III competition. To learn more about the CAC Silver Anniversary Team please visit: www.cacsports.com.