HARRISBURG, Pa. - Montgomery's Victoria Biggins and Courtney Gill were among the 12 players selected to the All EPAC team as stated in a release from the league office.
A setter, Biggins netted First Team All EPAC honors, while Gill, an outside hitter, made Second Team All EPAC. Two of the team's three co-captains, both players were key contributors to a Mustangs team that finished 13-6 overall and 11-3 in Region XIX play in the regular season.
Among eight new players on this year's team -- but in their second year of eligibility -- Biggins and Gill developed instant chemistry which was reflected in their play, and that gradually carried over with their teammates.
Biggins led NJCAA Division III with 92 service aces and ranked second in service aces per set (1.48). She was credited with 452 assists on the season, averaging 7.29 assists per set.
"Tori is a leader both on and off the court," said Head Volleyball Coach Rita Rivera. "She works extremely hard and is very humble. She is an all around player and a huge asset to the team. Coaches and officials often compliment Tori on how great of a player she is. Although she hears it all of the time she is very humble and gracious.
"I am honored to have coached Tori this season. The Mustangs will be sad to have her leave us after this year."
A Plymouth Whitemarsh High School graduate, Biggins is a nursing major at MCCC.
Gill, meanwhile, ranked 14th in NJCAA Division III and third in Region XIX with 3.52 kills per set. Her 4.4 average points per set ranked 15th in NJCAA Division III. She led the Mustangs with 197 kills, 185 digs and 249 points.
"Gill is, offensively, one of the best players I have ever coached," Rivera said. "With so much volleyball experience under her belt, she was like a coach on the floor. She helped the less-experienced players understand the nuances of the games and did it in a positive, helpful manner.
"Her teammates look to her when the game is on the line and she almost always delivers. She is not scared to go for the kill when the game is on the line, and she has heart. She has many qualities that cannot be taught that make her an amazing athlete."
A North Penn High School graduate, Gill is majoring in business administration at MCCC.
- By Bob Kent, Sports Information Director