By Josh Brown
Two college careers ended in stellar fashion.
Two begun much the same way.
Four area graduates — Troy’s Madison Burchfield, Miami East’s Abby and Sam Cash and Tippecanoe’s Aubrey Cox — made massive impacts on their collegiate teams this season, with all four gaining all-conference honors in their respective sports, and with some bringing home even more awards on top of that.
* Madison Burchfield
WESTERVILLE — Troy High School graduate Madison Burchfield put the finishing touches on her collegiate women’s soccer career at Otterbein University this year.
And she’ll leave the school as one of the Cardinals’ most prolific scorers in history.
Following her senior season this fall — where she led the team in goals and points — Burchfield was named first team All-Ohio Athletic Conference, her second first team selection during her tenure at Otterbein.
The former Trojan scored nine goals, tops on the Cardinals and fifth in the OAC, and piled up 21 points, seventh in the conference, this season, leading Otterbein to a 10-6-2 record and a fourth-place finish in the OAC. For her career, Burchfield totalled 27 goals and 65 points, putting her in the program’s top 10 in career scoring.
She also earned first team All-OAC honors as a sophomore and was named all-conference all four years during her career. And most recently, she was also named to the Ohio Soccer Coaches Association’s All-Ohio team, with the OCSA recongnizing players for their efforts on the field and in the classroom.
* Abby and
HARROGATE, Tenn. — Abby Cash will leave Lincoln Memorial as one of the Railsplitter volleyball team’s best players of all time.
And she got to do so alongside younger sister Sam Cash this season, as well.
The Cash sisters led the Railsplitters to the South Atlantic Conference championship game for only the second time in the program’s history and to a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament this season, and as a result both earned first team All-SAC honors, as well as spots on two separate All-Southeast Region teams — the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Southeast Region first team and the Division II Conference Commisioners Association’s All-Southeast Region second team.
Senior Abby Cash was second in the SAC in assists and finished with 1,225 this season, as well as third in the SAC in aces with 41 and 12th in digs with 440. She will leave Lincoln Memorial sitting in second place in career assists with 4.106 and as the program’s all-time leader in service attempts.
Sam Cash, a red-shirt sophomore and transfer from Tennessee Tech, led the Railsplitters in kills this season with 361 — fifth in the SAC — and had the third-best hitting percentage in the SAC with .299. She was also second on the team in aces with 29 and fifth in digs with 224.
Both Cash sisters were Lincoln Memorial’s first All-SAC first team selections since 2012, and the Railsplitters reached the SAC championship match for the first time since 2008, falling to rival Wingate. They went on to play in the NCAA Division II Tournament, falling in the first round to Armstrong State to finish the season with a 25-9 record — a new program best single-season wins total. Coach Jenny Michael also won the SAC Coach of the Year award.
* Aubrey Cox
SPRINGFIELD — And to think, Tippecanoe High School graduate Aubrey Cox is just getting started at Wittenberg.
Cox, a freshman for the Tiger volleyball team, won three separate rookie of the year-type awards following this fall season, was named first team All-North Coast Athletic Conference and even earned All-American honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Cox was named the NCAC Newcomer of the Year, then she won AVCA Freshman of the Year in both the Great Lakes Region and in NCAA Division III. She also earned honorable mention on the AVCA All-American team and was named first team All-NCAC after leading the Tigers in blocks and finishing third on the team in kills in her first season.
Cox had 80 blocks — 11 solo and 69 assists — and 183 kills on a .362 hitting percentage during her freshman year, helping the Tigers win their 10th straight NCAC championship, as well as their 22nd overall. Wittenberg then won a first-round NCAA Division III tournament match against Bethany before falling in five sets in the second round to Millikin, finishing the season with a 22-6 record.
For her achievements, Cox will be honored at Tippecanoe High School on Dec. 27 during the Tippecanoe-West Liberty-Salem girls basketball game.
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