As the women's volleyball team collected the last seven consecutive SLIAC regular season championships, a senior outside hitter from Gurnee, Ill., has played a key role in continuing the Greenville women's volleyball championship tradition during three of those seasons. Now in her final year as a Panther, Allyson Mitchell finds herself at the top of various statistical categories in individual match, season, and career records.
Last Saturday at Eureka, Mitchell passed Michea McKay from the Class of 2004 as Greenville's all-time leader in kills. Through today, Mitchell has collected 1362 kills, surpassing McKay's 1342 that were collected from 2000-03.
Mitchell is also the all-time leader for Greenville in attack attempts (3939), service aces (221), and total points (1654.5).
A two-time SLIAC first team award winner and once a second-team selection, Mitchell was named to the SLIAC all-tournament team in 2015 as the Panthers went to their second NCAA national tournament as SLIAC tournament champions. The Panthers repeated their SLIAC tournament championship with another trip to the NCAA Division III national tournament in 2016.
"Mitch is one of the most complete players I have ever coached," said head coach Tom Ackerman. "She has the ability to hurt teams in so many different ways. Her freshman year she was not a six-rotation player, but she committed herself in the off-season and became a player who you simply can't take off the floor."
In an individual season, Mitchell set records with 421 kills and 1345 attack attempts in 2016.
On an individual match basis, Mitchell tallied 27 kills against SUNY New Paltz on Sept. 3, 2016, to land second for kills in a match. Mitchell's 33 points and six service aces against SUNY New Paltz are individual match leading marks.
She had seven solo blocks versus Iowa Wesleyan on Oct. 10, 2015, as a sophomore. That still stands as Greenville's high for solo blocks in a match.
Mitchell, who studies sport management at Greenville University, was a SLIAC intern last year and spent time working in the conference office.
As a Panther, Mitchell's teams have gone 84-29, including a mark of 56-8 in SLIAC regular season play.
"It is no surprise to me at all that she has broken so many records in her time at Greenville," said Ackerman. "Her competitive nature and athletic ability combine to make her one of the best players I've ever coached."
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