Austin Royer and Scott MacGillis
Austin Royer and Scott MacGillis
Men's Volleyball - Sun, Apr. 9, 2017

Austin Royer was named the Setter of the Year and Scott MacGillis was the Newcomer of the Year as the CCAC announced its postseason men's volleyball awards today.

The two were also selected to the all-CCAC first team while teammates Zach Schmidt and Riley Anderson were picked for the second team.

Royer, a junior from Mokena, Ill., is now a two-time CCAC Setter of the Year and continues a run as a Bee has now claimed conference setter of the year accolades in six of the last seven years dating back to when St. Ambrose competed in the Midwest Collegiate Conference.

Heading into Friday night's CCAC Tournament semifinal match vs. No. 10 Cardinal Stritch, Royer tops the conference and is fourth in the country by averaging 10.37 assists per set. He is also third in the CCAC and 14th nationally at 0.35 service aces per set.

His 923 assists are the 12th most by any Bee in a season and he is fifth all-time in program history with 2,247 career assists. This season, Royer has collected 40 or more assists in 10 matches, including a season-best 63 in a five-set win over Morningside on Feb. 4. 

Royer, a two-time CCAC Setter of the Week award recipient, has also recorded 63 kills, 151 digs, 31 aces and 31 total blocks this year.

MacGillis, a freshman outside hitter from Wauwatosa, Wis., is the first Bee to earn conference newcomer of the year honors since David Suwada won the award in the MCC in 2011.

He currently leads the team, and is 11th in the NAIA, with 314 kills. He also tops SAU with 33 aces, matching Royer at 0.35 per set.

MacGillis has put down double-digit kills in 15 matches and has topped 20 kills three times. He had a career-best 28 kills in a 3-2 win over Culver-Stockton on Feb. 11. He is also second on the team in both digs (176) and blocks (42).

Schmidt, a middle hitter from Kaukauna, Wis., is another Bee having a tremendous freshman campaign.

He leads St. Ambrose with 66 total blocks and his .294 hitting percentage is second on the team among players with at least 65 kills. Schmidt has eight matches of at least 10 kills, reaching 12 kills in a match three times.

Schmidt was joined on the all-CCAC second team by Anderson, a junior outside hitter from Madison, Wis., who has done a little bit of everything for the Bees this season. 

Anderson is second on the team with 248 kills and third with 161 digs. He collected a season-best 20 kills in the win over Culver-Stockton in February. Anderson also has 30 blocks, seven aces and 23 assists entering the conference tournament.

The conference also announced three Bees were named to the all-academic team. Riley Anderson, Morty Berglind and Robby Hoffman were recognized for their work in the classroom.