3 December, 2018
The Alabama Community College Conference announced that two Gadsden State Cardinal volleyball players earned postseason honors, and Coach Connie Clark was named Coach of the Year following a 12-5 conference season.
Jaylyn Freeman of Harvest and Taylor Spradley of Alexandria were named to the 2018 All-Region First Team. Both student-athletes were also named ACCC Player of the Week during the regular season.
Freeman, a freshman defensive specialist for the Lady Cardinals was named Player of the Week in September playing in 10 sets and recording four kills, 14 assists and 58 digs. Spradley, a freshman outside hitter, was chosen as the Player of the Week in October. She led the Lady Cardinals to an 8-4 record on the week recording 81 kills in 20 sets, with one assist, 15 digs and eight blocks.
“We are extremely proud of our ladies both on and off the court,” said Mike Cancilla, Gadsden State’s athletic director. “They had a tremendous season.”
Clark, who is in her third season as head coach, was an assistant with the Cardinals from 2007 to 2015. Prior to coming to Gadsden State, Clark coached at West End High School from 1998 to 2006. During that time, she was selected as Etowah County Coach of the Year in 2003 when her team finished the season with a 44-18 record. The Lady Patriots also made an Elite Eight appearance that same year. Clark is also Gadsden State volleyball alumna playing for the Lady Cardinals from 1989 to 1991.
“Continued success is based on the ability to recruit/sign talented, hardworking student-athletes,” Cancilla said. “Coach Clark has done a great job of doing that for our program. I am extremely proud of her efforts as well as that of all of our coaches. Gadsden State is fortunate to have a coaching staff that loves what they do.”