ACC Collects 13 AVCA East Region Team Volleyball Accolades

Dec. 8, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Thirteen student-athletes representing seven Atlantic Coast Conference schools were recognized on the 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I All-East Region Team, announced today by the AVCA. In addition, the league had four student-athletes garner honorable mention. Also receiving honors was Virginia outside hitter McKenzie Adams as she was tabbed East Region Freshman of the Year. Duke’s Jolene Nagel was named East Region Coach of the Year. Of the conference’s 13 region selections, 12 were 2010 All-ACC picks.

Adams was honored as the league’s Freshman of the Year and also garnered a spot on the ACC All-Freshmen Team. She ranked second among Cavaliers with 246 kills and a 3.00 kills per set average. The San Antonio, Texas, native registered five double-doubles on the season.

In her 12th season as head coach, Jolene Nagel guided Duke to its third ACC regular season title in the last five years and a school-record sixth consecutive NCAA Volleyball Championship appearance. Nagel and the Blue Devils registered their fifth-straight 25-win season. This marks her third region recognition after being honored in 2000 and 2006.

Duke led all conference teams with four selections, including the 2010 ACC Player of the Year, junior Kellie Catanach. A two-time honoree, Catanach was joined by senior Becci Burling, sophomore Christiana Gray, and junior Amanda Robertson, who were all first-time selections.

Georgia Tech, Miami, and Virginia Tech followed with two recognitions each. The Yellow Jackets were led by sophomore Monique Mead, who was an honorable mention recipient last season, and senior Mary Ashley Tippins, who garnered her second honor. The Hurricanes were represented by junior Lane Carico, a three-time honoree, and junior Katie Gallagher, who was tabbed all-region for the first time. The Hokies were recognized by sophomore Cara Baarendse, who received her first selection, and senior Felicia Willoughby, a three-time honoree.

In garnering her second all-region honor, Clemson sophomore Sandra Adeleye, the 2009 East Region Freshman of the Year, represented the Tigers. Florida State junior Visnja Djurdjevic collected all-region honors for the second time to lead the Seminoles. Also recognized was North Carolina junior Kaylie Gibson, a first-time all-region honoree, and the 2010 ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

The Tar Heels had two student-athletes earn honorable mention, including senior Courtney Johnston and sophomore Emily McGee. They were joined by Georgia Tech junior Bailey Hunter, Florida State senior Stephanie Neville, and Virginia sophomore Jessica O’Shoney.

Duke (26-6) swept High Point in the first round and defeated Ohio 3-2 in the second round to advance to the “Sweet 16” of the 2010 NCAA Volleyball Championship for the first time since 1994. The Blue Devils travel to University Park, Pa., where they will take on Missouri (22-10) Friday at 5 p.m. With a victory, Duke would advance to the regional final to face the winner of the matchup between regional host and fourth-seeded Penn State (28-5) and Oklahoma (23-10). That match is slated for Saturday at 6:30 p.m. This marks the second-straight season that an ACC team advanced beyond the second round of the national tournament as Florida State reached the regional final last season. The Blue Devils are just the fourth league team to accomplish the feat since 1980, when the league first sponsored volleyball.

Duke was one of a league record-matching five teams to earn bids to the 2010 NCAA Volleyball Championship, with Florida State, Miami, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech also appearing.

ACC on the 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association All-East Region Team

 Name  Yr.  Pos.  School
 Sandra Adeleye**  So.  MB  Clemson
 Becci Burling  Sr.  MB  Duke
 Kellie Catanach**  Jr.  S  Duke
 Christiana Gray  So.  MB  Duke
 Amanda Robertson  Jr.  RS/OPP  Duke
 Visnja Djurdjevic**  Jr.  OH  Florida State
 Monique Mead  So.  Rs/OPP  Georgia Tech
 Mary Ashley Tippins**  Sr.  S  Georgia Tech
 Lane Carico***  Jr.  OH  Miami
 Katie Gallagher  Jr.  S  Miami
 Kaylie Gibson  Jr.  DS/LIB  North Carolina
 Cara Baarendse  So.  RS/OPP  Virginia Tech
 Felicia Willoughby***  Sr.  MB  Virginia Tech

East Region Freshman of the Year: McKenzie Adams, OH Virginia
East Region Coach of the Year: Jolene Nagel, Duke
** - denotes two-time honoree
*** - denotes three-time honoree

ACC Recieving 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association All-East Region Honorable Mention

 Name  Yr.  Pos.  School
 Stephanie Neville  Sr.  RS/OPP  Florida State
 Bailey Hunter  Jr.  OH  Georgia Tech
 Courtney Johnston  Sr.  RS/OPP  North Carolina
 Emily McGee  So.  OH  North Carolina
 Jessica O'Shoney  So.  MB  Virginia