ACC Collects 13 AVCA East Region Team Volleyball Honors
Tuesday December 4, 2012
Dec. 4, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Thirteen Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes were named to the 2012 All-East Region Team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, announced today by the AVCA. In addition, four student-athletes garnered honorable mention accolades, Miami’s Nicole Lantagne Welch was named the East Region Coach of the Year, and North Carolina’s Paige Neuenfeldt was honored as the East Region Freshman of the Year.
Neuenfeldt was a key player for North Carolina and led the Tar Heels to a third place finish in the ACC. A native of Birmingham, Mich., Neuenfeldt earned ACC Freshman of the Week honors five times during the season. She finished her rookie campaign ranked eighth in the conference in hitting percentage (.330) and fourth in blocks per set (1.18).
Lantagne Welch, who was also named the ACC Coach of the Year, led the Hurricanes to a 25-6 record after losing four starters from the 2011 squad. Miami finished with a 17-3 mark in conference play, good for sole possession of second place in the ACC. This is her second AVCA East Region Coach of the Year recognition and first since 2008.
Seven ACC schools had student-athletes on the All-East Region, led by Miami with four recognitions. Florida State had three honored, followed by North Carolina with two and Clemson, NC State, Duke, and Georgia Tech with one apiece.
|ACC on 2012 AVCA All-East Region|
|Megan Cyr||NC State||Setter||Senior|
|Sareea Freeman||Florida State||MB||Senior|
|Emily McGee**||North Carolina||OH||Senior|
|Monique Mead***||Georgia Tech||RS||Senior|
|Ashley Neff**||Florida State||MB||Junior|
|Paige Neuenfeldt||North Carolina||MB||Freshman|
|Fatma Yildirim||Florida State||OH||Senior|
East Region Freshman of the Year
|Paige Neuenfeldt||North Carolina||MB|
|ACC Receiving 2012 AVCA All-East Region Honorable Mention|
|Cara Baarendse||Virginia Tech||MB||Senior|
|Chaniel Nelson||North Carolina||RS||Sophomore|
|AVCA Division I East Region Coach of the Year|
|Nicole Lantagne Welch||University of Miami (FL)|
The full release from the AVCA can be found at: http://www.avca.org/awards/regional-awards/division-one/