Fairmont State’s junior point guard Kaitlin Snyder has been named WVIAC Player of the Year, the league announced Sunday. The award is determined by a vote of the league’s coaches.
In addition to Snyder’s recognition, freshman Hailey Garrett earned All-WVIAC honorable mention honors. She and Emily Lohr were named to the WVIAC All-Freshman team. FSU was the only team to place two players on the All-Freshman team.
Snyder, who was also a first team All-WVIAC selection for the second consecutive year, is just the third player from Fairmont State to earn the award joining Vonda Shaw (1988) and Kristen Gattuso (2005).
A native of Charleston, Snyder was second in the league averaging 21.3 points per game. She was also sixth in the league in assists (4.31) and fourth in steals (2.50). She shot 45 percent from the field, including 38 percent from behind the three-point line. She has four of the top seven single game scoring outputs in the WVIAC, including a NCAA Division II best 42 points against Davis & Elkins. Snyder was named a second team Academic All-American earlier this week.
“This is a tremendous honor, and I’m very grateful,” said Snyder. “I have to thank my teammates and coach (Steve) McDonald for having confidence in me this year. It’s very exciting and special to win this award, but we need to keep playing well and winning to make this season even more special.”
Garrett, a Fairmont native and North Marion High School graduate, averaged 13.9 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds in her first season as a Falcon. She shot an impressive 57 percent from the field, which ranked second in the WVIAC. Garrett posted five double-doubles on the year.
Lohr, from Stoystown, Pa., finished the year averaging 10.5 points and 4.9 rebounds as a forward. She started the final 23 games of the season and played her best down the stretch averaging 13 points in the final 16 games of the season.
Pitt-Johnstown’s Kaitlynn Fratz was named WVIAC Freshman of the Year and Concord’s Kenny Osborne was named the league's Coach of the Year.
FSU will open the WVIAC Tournament at 6:30 p.m. tonight against Ohio Valley at Joe Retton Arena.