SAVANNAH, Ga. — Newberry College junior outside hitter Samantha Parrish has been named to the DAKTRONICS all-Southeast Region second team, as announced Tuesday.
The Angola, Ind., native is Newberry’s second-ever all-region pick, following in the footsteps of Priscila Sales’ first team pick in 2008.
In only her junior season, Parrish has re-written the Newberry record books in the Wolves’ historic season. Newberry has qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season and the 2012 squad became the first team to have a winning South Atlantic Conference record and set a school record with 10 conference wins.
Entering Thursday’s NCAA first round match against Flagler, Parrish has a school-record 453 kills for the season and her 481 digs is the third-best season in school history. Teammate Elayni Stokes holds the school record with 563 digs this season, becoming the first player to eclipse the 500-dig mark. Parrish needs 13 digs in the NCAA Tournament to move into second place in the record books.
Parrish also holds the career record for kills with 1,224, becoming the first Newberry player to reach the 1,000-kill plateau prior to her senior season. She also joined the 1,000-dig club as the school’s 10th player to accomplish that feat. Her 1,233 career digs put her in fourth place in the Wolves’ record book, on pace to break the record in her senior season. She is the only player with both 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs.
All 14 members of the first and second team All-Region squad are still playing as members of the eight-team NCAA region field, which begins play in Savannah on Thursday.