Sgherza, Conway Earn Postseason C-USA Recognition – Old Dominion University – Old Dominion University

DALLAS – Conference USA bestowed postseason honors on Alessia Sgherza and Myah Conway of the Old Dominion volleyball team, the conference announced on Thursday. Sgherza was named to the All-C-USA Second Team for the second year in a row, and Conway earned a spot on the All-Freshman Team.


Alessia Sgherza | Gr. | OH | Massa, Italy

Sgherza played in 22 of ODU’s 26 matches this season, starting 19 times. She led ODU in points per set (3.26) and kills per set (2.79) and totaled 254 points, 218 kills, 148 digs (1.90 per set) and 41 blocks (0.53 per set). Her mark of 2.79 kills per set also ranks 14th in Conference USA.


The graduate student had three double-doubles on the season, including two against fellow conference member Marshall. In ODU’s first game with the Thundering Herd, Sgherza matched her own program kills record with 24 while adding 13 digs. The following day, she posted 18 kills and 17 digs. On the season, she reached double figures in kills 10 times, including in eight conference matches. Additionally, she hit .400 or better twice this season and had a six-block performance against Middle Tennessee on Nov. 5.


Myah Conway | Fr. | RS | Orwigsburg, Pa.

Conway played in all 26 matches this season as a freshman, starting 20 of them. She totaled 231.5 points (2.60 per set), 195 kills (2.19 per set) and 70 blocks (0.79 per set). The rightside hitter ranked 28th in C-USA in kills per set and reached double-figures in kills nine times with five coming against C-USA opponents. 


Conway had a personal-best 16 kills against MTSU (Nov. 5), hitting .414 in the process. She hit .400 or better in three matches and better than .300 six times. The native of Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania notched 11 blocks against UAB (Oct. 1), the second-most by a C-USA player in a single match this season. Conway was a two-time C-USA Freshman of the Week, earning the recognition on Sept. 20 and Nov. 8.


WKU’s Lauren Matthews received Alyssa Cavanaugh Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors. Hilltopper’s head coach Travis Hudson was also recognized as Coach of the Year. Rice’s Carly Graham picked up Setter of the Year Honors, Marley Banton of Middle Tennessee was the conference’s Libero of the Year and Giada Bianchi of FIU was named the Freshman of the Year.


The Conference USA Volleyball Championship runs Nov. 19-21 at the ODU Volleyball Center in Norfolk.


2021 Conference USA Volleyball All-Conference Award Winners


Alyssa Cavanaugh Player of the Year – Lauren Matthews, WKU

Defensive Player of the Year – Lauren Matthews, WKU

Setter of the Year – Carly Graham, Rice

Libero of the Year – Marley Banton, Middle Tennessee

Freshman of the Year – Giada Bianchi, FIU 

Coach of the Year – Travis Hudson, WKU



All-Conference First Team

Sydney Rowen, Charlotte

Giada Bianchi, FIU

Ciara DeBell, Marshall

Rhett Robinson, North Texas

Anota Adekunle, Rice

Carly Graham, Rice

Nicole Lennon, Rice

Fernanda Maida, UAB

Serena Patterson, UTEP

Paige Briggs, WKU

Nadia Dieudonne, WKU

Lauren Matthews, WKU


All-Conference Second Team

Emani’ Foster, Charlotte

Amani McArther, Charlotte

McKenzie Johnson, Louisiana Tech

Marley Banton, Middle Tennessee

Samira Lawson Body, Middle Tennessee

Sarah Haeussler, North Texas

Alessia Sgherza, Old Dominion

Ellie Bichelmeyer, Rice

Mia Wesley, Southern Miss

Alex Kells, UAB

Alianza Darley, UTEP

Katie Isenbarger, WKU

Kayland Jackson, WKU


All-Freshman Team

Giada Bianchi, FIU

Katelyn Robine, Florida Atlantic

McKenzie Johnson, Louisiana Tech

Andrea Owens, North Texas

Myah Conway, Old Dominion

Shaylee Shore, Rice

Ema Uskokovic, UTEP

Katie Howard, WKU


Players Mentioned

Alessia Sgherza

#11 Alessia Sgherza

6′ 2″
Graduate Student
Academic Grad Student

Myah Conway

#22 Myah Conway

6′ 3″
Academic Freshman