NEWBERRY — Newberry College student-athlete Madison Darby-McClure has been named the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
The South Atlantic Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is presented annually to one student-athlete in each of the Conference’s championship sports, and is voted on by the SAC’s Faculty Athletic Representatives Committee. The award recognizes the student’s excellence in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
Darby-McClure, who is an English major with a 3.99 cumulative GPA, is the second Newberry volleyball student-athlete to win a SAC Scholar-Athlete award in the past three seasons.
“We are extremely proud of Madison’s accomplishments, both on the court and in the classroom. She is a great example of how much hard work pays off,” said head coach Todd Hay.
Darby-McClure played in all 32 matches and ranked second on the team with 318 kills and 2.72 kills per set. Her .273 hitting percentage was second on the team and tied for ninth in the South Atlantic Conference.
She was named South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week for the events of Sept. 27 through Oct. 3 where she averaged 4.20 kills per set and a .493 hitting percentage over three matches. Her best match this season was in a 3-2 win Nov. 11 against Queens University of Charlotte, notching a double-double with 16 kills and 10 digs.
Darby-McClure helped lead Newberry to a South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Championship Tournament semifinals appearance, Newberry’s first since the 2012 season.
She has severed as the Vice President of the National Leadership and Success and the Honor Council Chairman of the Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, intervening when a member is not acting responsibly. Darby-McClure has been named to the dean’s list every semester at Newberry College and has been named to the prestigious Who’s Who list of American Colleges and Universities.