Depew, NY - Wednesday, May 1 marked a day of celebration and recognition for all of D'Youville's student-athletes at the yearly Athletics Awards Banquet at Salvatore's Hospitality.
Head coach Cathy Hummel and assistant coaches Samantha Zebuth and Kyle Shanley presented the awards to their D'Youville women's volleyball team.
To begin the awards for the women, freshman middle hitter Carly Milleville (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) was named the team's Most Improved Player. Milleville finished second on the team in kills (123), kills/set (1.50), fourth in hitting percentage (0.24), and fifth in digs (88). She played in all 26 matches this season and her continued growth established her as one of the team's best young players.
Concluding her career as a Spartan, senior middle hitter Julie Fleming (Tonawanda, NY/Mt. St. Mary Academy) was once again an outstanding player for the women and received the team's Spartan Award. Julie led the team in kills (133), kills/set (1.68), hitting percentage (.291), blocks (23), and was second in blocks/set (0.29).
Throughout her career, Julie has been an excellent representation of the women's volleyball team. An AMCC All-Sportsmanship Team member in 2017, Fleming again was an outstanding player and sportswoman for D'Youville as she was named to the 2018 AMCC All-Sportsmanship Team in December. The Spartan Award represents a player who exemplifies teamwork, passion and a dedication to their team.
Rounding out the awards for the women was graduating junior Jasmine Filkov (North Collins, NY/North Collins) as she was named the team's Most Valuable Player. Jasmine converted to an outside hitter role this season for the women after two previous seasons at Defensive Specialist/Libero and took on the new role in stride. Jasmine tallied double-digit kills five times and double-digit digs 14 times, including each of the final 10 matches.
At the end of the season, Filkov finished ninth in kills/set (2.77) and digs (129), tied for ninth in service aces (13), and tenth in kills (86) in AMCC play. She finished third on the team in kills (111) and digs (249) but was first in double-doubles (5) and was voted as an AMCC Third Team All-Conference selection at the end of the season.
(Pictured from left to right: Filkov, Fleming, Milleville)