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Poole earns Coach of the Year honors, Clark and Templeton named Freshman of the Year
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Sixteen Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes were named to the 2014 Division I All-Region Teams (American Volleyball Coaches Association). In addition, three student-athletes garnered honorable mention accolades and Florida State’s Chris Poole was tabbed East Region Coach of the Year. Louisville’s Tess Clark and Miami’s Haley Templeton also earned Freshman of the Year recognition.
Poole was named East Region Coach of the Year after leading his team to a 16-2 record in the ACC. The Seminoles swept the first two matches of their school-record seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, and their 16th overall. Poole’s collection of talent led the ACC by placing six players on All-ACC rosters, including senior libero Katie Mosher (First Team) and freshman RS Milica Kubura (All-Freshman). Heading into the Round of 16, FSU has tallied six straight sweeps. This is the fourth AVCA DI Region Coach of the Year award for Poole (1997, 2009, 2011).
ACC All-Freshman honoree and All-ACC Second Team member Tess Clark received the starting nod in all 30 matches. She was named ACC Freshman of the Week after matches against NC State and Syracuse. She recorded 11 double-doubles and led the team with 133 blocks (1.17/set). Tess was third on the team with 277 kills (2.43/set) and notched a career-high 18 kills vs. Georgia Tech. She also had a career-high 11 blocks at Pittsburgh. Clark is ranked No. 14 in the nation in hitting percentage (.407) and is ranked No. 90 in the nation in blocks per set. She was also named to the All-Rice Invitational.
Templeton had a fantastic freshman campaign that has resulted in a slew of honors including ACC Freshman of the Year, All-ACC Freshman Team selection and an All-ACC Second Team selection. She was named ACC Freshman of the Week five times during the 2014 season. The Alpharetta, Ga., native eclipsed the 1,000-assist mark during Miami’s 3-1 victory over Georgia Tech a week ago, recording the 10th 1,000-assist season since the program returned in 2001.
Six league institutions placed student-athletes on the All-Region Team, led by Florida State and North Carolina with four recognitions. Duke had three honored, followed by Louisville and Miami with two apiece and one from Pitt.
Duke, Florida State and Virginia Tech all had one student-athlete apiece receive honorable mention.
ACC on 2014 All-East Region
|Sarah Burrington||Florida State||MB||So.|
|Katie Horton||Florida State||OH||So.|
|Katie Mosher||Florida State||L||Sr.|
|Nicole Walch||Florida State||OH||Jr.|
ACC on 2014 All-East Region Honorable Mention
|Milica Kubura||Florida State||RS||Fr.|
AVCA All-East Region Freshman of the Year
AVCA All-East Region Coach of the YearChris Poole, Florida State
ACC on 2014 All-East Coast Region
|Victoria McPherson||North Carolina||MB||Jr.|
|Chaniel Nelson||North Carolina||RS||Sr.|
|Paige Neuenfeldt||North Carolina||MB||Jr.|
|Ece Taner||North Carolina||L||Sr.|
ACC on 2014 All-East Coast Region Honorable Mention
|Kathryn Caine||Virginia Tech||RS||Sr.|
AVCA All-East Coast Freshman of the Year