BRISTOL — Former Cleveland High volleyball standout Payton Tipton has been named the Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight year.
The Conference Carolinas co-champion King University women's volleyball team recently had a half dozen players honored by the league with Tipton adding a second-team All-Conference selection to her list of accomplishments.
Kelsey Griffitts, Summer Kremer and Olivia Underwood all garnering first team All-Conference honors, while Grace Underwood joined Tipton on the second and Maribeth Kern was named to the third team list.
For the second consecutive year, Tipton earned Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league in digs. Tipton led Conference Carolinas' top defense as the Tornado racked up the most digs in the league.
The junior defensive specialist accounted for 491 digs this season, eclipsing last season's mark of 454. Her average of 4.09 digs per set ranks third in the league.
Not only has she played stellar defense, but she is the most potent server in the league, and third most effective in the country. Tipton leads the league in total aces (83) and her conference-best aces per set average of 0.69 also ranks third in all of NCAA Division II.
She was also one of a half dozen King players to earn All-Academic honors with her 3.98 GPA.
King finished the season with a 32-5 record and went 17-1 in regular season conference play. The Tornado advanced to the Conference Carolinas Tournament championship, but fell to Belmont Abbey in the title match.