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Three Named ASUN All-Decade

Three Named ASUN All-Decade

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A trio of former Bruins – Emily Cahill, Cat Mundy and Colleen Nilson – were named to the ASUN All-Decade Team for Volleyball, as announced by the league on Monday.

The three Belmont alumnae join 16 others on the elite list spanning the 2000-09 decade.

"While I did not have the privilege of recruiting or coaching Colleen, Cat and Emily, their impact on this program is clear. During their time Belmont, they had an impressive team record of 112-46, won two ASUN Championships, and also etched their individual names in our record books forever," said head coach Katelyn Harrison.  

Three-time (2006, 2007, 2008) Second Team All-Conference selection Emily Cahill helped Belmont capture the program's first ASUN Championship title in 2006 before earning a second title in 2008. The Lakeside Park, Ky., native stands tall in both the Belmont and Atlantic Sun record books – ranking first at BU and 13th in conference history in hitting percentage (.337), fourth in hitting percentage for conference play in a single season (.437; 2006).

Dallas, Texas native Cat Mundy posted more than 1,000 kills In her final two years as a Bruin, becoming the sixth to accomplish the feat, and went on to earn Atlantic Sun Tournament MVP honors in 2007. The three-time Academic All-Conference selection stands fifth in the Belmont record book for all-time kills with a total of 1,321 and seventh in all-time attacks (3,210).

Colleen Nilson became the first student-athlete of Belmont's NCAA Division I era, in any sport, to earn first team all-conference honors four consecutive seasons. The McHenry, Ill., native was the first volleyball player inducted into the Belmont Athletics Hall of Fame after a career that included accolades including being named ASUN Player of the Year and Tournament Most Valuable Player while leading the Bruins to the 2006 NCAA Tournament. She also earned American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-South Region and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America honors – the first Belmont volleyball student-athlete so honored. Nilson, the 2004 Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year, was the conference's career leader in assists for a setter (5,636) and currently holds the Belmont record for all-time assists.

"We are proud that they left such an impressive mark and raised the standard here at Belmont," Harrison said.

To be named to the All-Decade Team an individual must have competed for at least two years in the decade as an ASUN student-athlete. Individuals that obtained one of the following criteria were named to the team; three First Team All-Conference selections, four All-Conference selections, multiple Scholar-Athlete/Player of the Year honors or ASUN Hall of Famer. Individuals that obtained at least two of the following criteria were also named to the team; Player/Tournament MVP/Freshman/Defensive Player/Libero/Scholar-Athlete of the Year, three All-Conference selections, two First Team All-Conference selections.

"We are proud that they left such an impressive mark and raised the standard here at Belmont," Harrison said.

To be named to the All-Decade Team an individual must have competed for at least two years in the decade as an ASUN student-athlete. Individuals that obtained one of the following criteria were named to the team; three First Team All-Conference selections, four All-Conference selections, multiple Scholar-Athlete/Player of the Year honors or ASUN Hall of Famer. Individuals that obtained at least two of the following criteria were also named to the team; Player/Tournament MVP/Freshman/Defensive Player/Libero/Scholar-Athlete of the Year, three All-Conference selections, two First Team All-Conference selections.