2013 All-@ACCVolleyball Teams Announced


Virginia’s Burton and Duke’s Sklar, McCurdy and Nagel win individual awards

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Duke sophomore outside hitter Emily Sklar has been selected as the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Volleyball Player of the Year and headlines the All-ACC Volleyball First Team, as announced Wednesday by Commissioner John Swofford.

Duke senior libero Ali McCurdy has been named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year, and Duke’s Jolene Nagel was named the Coach of the Year. Virginia’s Jasmine Burton was chosen as the Freshman of the Year and headlines the six-person All-Freshman Team. The awards were decided based on a vote of the league’s 15 head coaches.

Sklar, a native of San Jose, Calif., ranks second in the conference with 3.96 kills per set. She is the eighth student-athlete from Duke to garner Player of the Year honors and the first since Kellie Catanach in 2010. Sklar helped lead the Blue Devils to their 11th ACC conference crown and its first since the 2010 campaign.

McCurdy has been named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year for the third consecutive season. A native of Tampa, Fla., McCurdy became the first student-athlete to win back-to-back individual awards in the conference last season, and now becomes the first individual to win an individual honor in three consecutive seasons. The senior libero’s 5.10 digs per set leads the ACC.

Burton is the third Virginia student-athlete and first since McKenzie Adams in 2010 to be named ACC Freshman of the Year. Burton played a key role on a resurgent Cavaliers team that finished the season with an 18-14, 11-9 ACC ledger, one year after posting a 9-22, 3-17 ACC record.

Duke’s Nagel led the Blue Devils to a 27-4, 18-2 ACC record in earning her fourth career ACC Coach of the Year honor (2001, 2006, 2010, 2013). Overall, Nagel has been at the helm for four (2001, 2006, 2010, 2013) of Duke’s 11 conference titles in program history. Under her guidance during the 2013 season, Duke saw five players named members of All-ACC teams, two earn major individual honors and the team achieve a ranking as high as No. 13 in the AVCA poll.

Eleven different teams are represented on the All-ACC Team, led by Duke’s five student-athletes. Four from Florida State and Miami were recognized, followed by three from Virginia and North Carolina, two from Maryland and Virginia Tech and one apiece from Clemson, Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse.

Joining Burton on the All-Freshman Team were Virginia’s Haley Kole, Duke’s Jordan Tucker, Clemson’s Leah Perri, Virginia Tech’s Lindsey Owens and North Carolina’s Abigail Curry.

Duke’s McCurdy was named to the All-ACC Team for the fourth time, just the 14th volleyball student-athlete in ACC history to accomplish that feat.

ACC teams will begin play in the 2013 NCAA Championship on Thursday, Dec. 5, with Florida State in action, while Duke, Miami and North Carolina will get its postseason under way on Friday, Dec. 6.

2013 ACC Volleyball Individual Awards
Player of the Year: Emily Sklar, Sr., OH, Duke
Defensive Player of the Year: Ali McCurdy, Sr., L, Duke
Freshman of the Year: Jasmine Burton, Fr., RS, Virginia
​Coach of the Year: Jolene Nagel, Duke

2013 All-ACC Volleyball First Team

Emily Sklar                          So.           OH          Duke

Ashley Neff #                       Sr.           MB          Florida State

Jovana Bjelica                      Sr.           OH          North Carolina

Moneshia Simmons            Sr.           OH          Clemson

Savanah Leaf                        Jr.            OH          Miami

Silvi Uattara                          So.           OH          Syracuse

Victoria Hamsher                Sr.           MB          Virginia Tech

Emani Sims !                        Jr.            MB          Miami

Ali McCurdy %                    Sr.           L              Duke

2013 All-ACC Volleyball Second Team

Nicole Walch                       So.           OH          Florida State

Jeme Obeime                        Jr.            OH          Duke

Paige Neuenfeldt So.           MB          North Carolina

Elise Walch                          So.           OH          Florida State

Lauren Fuller                       So.           S              Virginia

Chelsea Cook                        Sr.           MB          Duke

Ashleigh Crutcher !             Jr.            OH          Maryland

Alexis Mourning !               Jr.            MB          Miami

Katie Mosher                        Jr.            L              Florida State

2013 All-ACC Volleyball Third Team

Jessica Wynn                       Jr.            RS           Pittsburgh

Jeni Houser                           Jr.            MB          Notre Dame

Kathryn Caine                      Jr.            RS           Virginia Tech

Maggie Deichmeister         Jr.            S              Duke

Adreene Elliott                    Jr.            MH         Maryland

Tori Janowski                      Jr.            OH          Virginia

Victoria McPherson            So.           MB          North Carolina

Jasmine Burton                    Fr.           RS           Virginia

Ryan Shaffer !                       Sr.           DS           Miami

2013 All-ACC Volleyball Freshman Team

Jasmine Burton    Fr.           RS           Virginia

Haley Kole            Fr.           OH          Virginia

Jordan Tucker      Fr.           MB          Duke

Leah Perri             Fr.           RS           Clemson

Lindsey Owens    Fr.           OH          Virginia Tech

Abigail Curry        Fr.           S              North Carolina

! – Two-time selection
# - Three-time selection
​% - Four-time selection