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Cockerham finishes with a bang

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The first-team all-conference player broke two school records and tied a conference mark.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

EMORY –– Jamie Cockerham wrapped up one of the most successful careers ever for an Emory & Henry volleyball player by being named to the all-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) first team recently.

Cockerham, a senior outside hitter and a former four-year letter winner at Galax High School, finished her career as the holder of two school records at E&H and with a share of an ODAC record.

In a 3-1 win over Guilford College on Oct. 2, Cockerham put away 28 kills, setting a new school record and tying a conference standard. It was the first time an ODAC player averaged seven kills per set in a match, and was one of three instances during her senior season that Cockerham topped 20 kills in a match. She had 26 kills Sept. 2 against William Peace College and put away 23 against Randolph-Macon on Oct. 19.

The Wasps’ season came to a close with a 3-0 loss in the ODAC tournament quarterfinals against Bridgewater. Cockerham managed just four kills in that match, but her first of the night made her the school’s all-time leader in that category as she ended the season with 905 career kills.

Cockerham was a first-team all-ODAC pick after totaling a team-high 359 kills for the year. She was second on the team in digs per set (3.7) and fourth on the team in hitting percentage and aces.

“It was an awesome feeling being named all-conference,” Cockerham told the Emory & Henry school newspaper, The Whitetopper. “I never expected this in my time at Emory.”

Cockerham was also named the ODAC’s player of the week Sept. 4. She averaged 3.83 kills and 2.39 digs per set as the Wasps went 4-1 in three busy days of play, including the 26-kill effort against William Peace.

On Sept. 13 Cockerham earned a spot on the Hollins Invitational all-tournament team. Emory went 3-1 in the tournament as Cockerham totaled 58 kills and 27 digs.

A second-team all-ODAC pick as a junior, Cockerham maintains a 3.25 grade-point average in the school’s athletic training program and plans to enter physical therapy school upon graduation in May.

The Emory & Henry volleyball program has a strong Twin County flavor, with four area players on this year’s roster. Kim Caudill, a former Carroll County standout, played in every match during her four years at Emory. A middle hitter and the team’s rookie of the year as a freshman, Caudill finished her career with 813 kills and 313 blocks.

Sophomore setter Maleah Neely, another Carroll County product, racked up 930 assists (9.6 per set) and 197 digs in 28 matches this year. Natasha Moore, a freshman outside hitter from Grayson County, got her career off to a good start by seeing action in 11 matches.