Erin Yoder Honored by NSCA

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USC volleyball players Robert Feathers and Erin Yoder were named All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, in recognition of their dedication to strength training and conditioning.

The NSCA honored 229 collegiate and high school athletes from 98 schools with this award.

USC assistant strength and conditioning coach Brent Metz, who supervises the training program for the volleyball teams, selected sophomore Feathers and senior Yoder for the award.

“Robert came to USC with good strength, but difficulty with control and full range of motion, specifically with lower body movements,” said Metz. “He is an example of hard work paying off. He spent every day last summer focusing on technique. As a result, he is able to not only lift more weight, but all his movements are more fluid.”

“Erin’s ability to understand exactly how to do any movement and then repeat that same performance day in and day out is amazing,” said Metz. “She has dramatically improved in every single lift, agility drill, jump, and spring since her freshman year and her attention to detail is a thing of beauty.”

Feathers is one of the nation’s top middle blockers. He ranks third nationally in hitting percentage in 2013 (.413) and was named the AVCA National Player of the Week on Jan. 15. As a 2012 freshman on a USC team that advanced to the NCAA championship match, he led the nation in blocking average (1.60) and recorded a Trojan rally scoring era record 154 blocks and he was named the National Blocker of the Year.

Yoder completed her career with the Women of Troy with 101 matches played. As a senior serving specialist, she recorded 11 service aces including a career-best four aces in a single match at Cal on Oct. 12. Yoder finished with 21 career service aces and 181 career digs. She was a Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention as a senior and helped the Trojans advance to a pair of NCAA national semifinal matches (2010 and 2011) during her time on the squad.

The NSCA All-American Athlete of the Year Award program is in its 34th year.