Bryan athletes receive AAC 'Player of the Year' honors
November 14, 2009

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The Appalachian Athletic Conference this week named two Bryan athletes "Player of the Year."

Women's Volleyball senior Amber Smith from Pompano Beach, FL, received the title after guiding the Lions to their first regular season championship, a title they share with Union College, and a 15-1 conference record. Amber was named AAC Player of the Week four times during the season, led the conference in blocks per game, and took second in hitting percentage (.348) and third in kills per game.

"I am thrilled to see Amber honored this way in her final year of play," said Head Coach Leo Sayles, "She has had a tremendous career, yet elevated her play this year. She has carried the team throughout the season."

Men's Soccer junior Daniel O'Kane from Dunedin, New Zealand, is team captain.  Daniel was All-Conference 2nd team his freshman year, NCCAA All-American last year, and All-Conference 1st team both his sophomore year and this year.

Head Coach Sandy Zensen describes Daniel as "a great young Christian man who trains hard and plays hard.  The most recent example of his team leadership is his scoring the winning goal in overtime at yesterday's AAC semi-finals against Union College, sending us to today's championship game against Montreat College."  Click here for yesterday's game story.