ACC Collects 13 AVCA East Region Team Volleyball Honors

Dec. 4, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – 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
Name School Position Year
Sandra Adeleye**** Clemson MB Senior
Megan Cyr NC State Setter Senior
Sareea Freeman Florida State MB Senior
Alex Johnson Miami RS Junior
Ali McCurdy** Duke Libero Junior
Emily McGee** North Carolina OH Senior
Monique Mead*** Georgia Tech RS Senior
Alexis Mourning Miami MB Sophomore
Ashley Neff** Florida State MB Junior
Paige Neuenfeldt North Carolina MB Freshman
Emani Sims Miami MB Sophomore
Nrithya Sundararaman Miami Setter Senior
Fatma Yildirim Florida State OH Senior
*Repeat recognition.

East Region Freshman of the Year

Paige Neuenfeldt North Carolina MB  
ACC Receiving 2012 AVCA All-East Region Honorable Mention
Name School Position Year
Cara Baarendse Virginia Tech MB Senior
Ashleigh Crutcher Maryland OH Sophomore
Chaniel Nelson North Carolina RS Sophomore
Ryan Shaffer Miami Libero Junior
AVCA Division I East Region Coach of the Year
Nicole Lantagne Welch University of Miami (FL)

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