Buffalo, N.Y.- D'Youville College President Sister Denise A. Roche and the Athletic Department gathered this evening at Salvatore's Italian Gardens to announce their major departmental award winners and team award winners at the Spartans' Annual Banquet.
Volleyball Head Coach John Hutton presented junior Alex Johnson (Lancaster, NY/Clarence) with the team's Most Valuable Player award. Third-year player Johnson primarily played the libero (defensive specialist) position and was third in the AMCC at 2.75 digs per set played. This is the second-straight season Johnson has totaled 200-plus digs in a season and is currently 17th nationally among NCAA Division III players in digs per set played.
Junior outside hitter Steve Goedtel (Eden, NY/Eden) was awarded the team's Most Improved Player. Goedtel went from a role player to a starter this season and had a career-high year in all categories. He was second on the team with 129 kills, averaging 1.84 per set.
Sophomore Brett Cawthorn (West Seneca, NY/St. Francis) was presented the Spartan Award. That award is given to the player who best exemplifies the ideals of teamwork, desire, and dedication to their program. In his first full season as a starter, Cawthorn rung up career-high totals in kills (154), kills per set played (2.05), and digs (143). His dig total was fourth among AMCC players and kills per set total placed him eighth.