York, Pa. – The Capital Athletic Conference is turning 25 this year, and in honor of the league's 25th anniversary, it will be naming a Silver Anniversary Team for all 19 championship sports. On Thursday morning, the league revealed its second team – volleyball – and Claire Kodan '11 (Olney, Md./Sherwood) represented St. Mary's College of Maryland on the 25-member team.
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The St. Mary's volleyball program experienced one of their most successful four-year periods during Kodan's tenure. As a two-year team captain, the 5-11 outside hitter helped the Seahawks to a four-year record of 97-30 (22-10 CAC) from 2007 to 2010 as well as back-to-back trips to the CAC tournament championship title match in 2007 and 2008.
In 2007, the team set the school record for most wins in a season with 30 and then followed that up with the school record for most conference wins in a season with seven in 2008.
Kodan became the program's first-ever American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American as she picked up Honorable Mention honors in her first year with the program in 2007. She was also the program's first-ever AVCA Mid-Atlantic Region Freshman of the Year. She finished her career as a two-time AVCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region selection.
The Olney, Maryland native was also a four-time All-CAC selection, earning first team honors in 2007, 2009, and 2010.
She finished her outstanding four-year career with 1,298 kills, 1,101 digs, 203 total blocks (51 solo, 152 assists), 127 service aces, and 63 assists in 473 sets played. Kodan is only one of four Seahawks to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in program history. She is also only one of two Seahawks (Rebecca Tursell '09) all-time to eclipse 1,200 kills.
About the CAC Silver Anniversary Teams: The CAC Silver Anniversary Teams will be announced early in the regular-season for each respective sport. Each Silver Anniversary Team honoree will receive a commemorative gift from the conference, and many will be recognized by their institution/alma mater at some time during the academic year.
The University of Mary Washington, a charter member of the CAC, led the conference with 153 current and former student-athletes on the Silver Anniversary Teams, including 40 in men's and women's tennis combined. Salisbury University, which joined the CAC in the 1994-95 athletic season, was second with 121 Silver Anniversary Team honorees. CAC charter members York College of Pennsylvania (59) and St. Mary's College of Maryland (35) were next in line for the most Silver Anniversary Team honorees.
The CAC was organized as a six-team affiliation in 1989 and began championship competition with the winter sports during the 1990-91 season. Membership changes in the last decade ultimately created a 10-team conference that has become one of the strongest in NCAA Division III.
CAC teams have won 18 national team championships, and dozens of other teams have finished among the top four in NCAA Division III competition.
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