Fourteen ACC Student-Athletes Earn AVCA All-America Honors

Dec. 12, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – The American Volleyball Coaches Association released the 2012 All-America teams on Wednesday, and 14 ACC players were recognized for their performances this season. Ashley Neff of Florida State, Monique Mead of Georgia Tech, and Emani Sims of Miami were selected to the All-America Third Team.

Neff, a 6-3 middle blocker, is a junior from Kennesaw, Ga.  Neff was crowned the ACC Player of the Year in 2012, as she finished with a .380 hitting percentage, 248 kills, 184 total blocks and averaged 1.61 blocks per set.  As one of the top middles in the game, Neff's blocks per set average is good enough for tops in the ACC and a top-10 national ranking, while her .394 ACC hitting percentage places her second in the conference.  This marks her first AVCA All-American appearance.

Mead, a 5-10 opposite hitter, is a senior from Newman, Ga.  Meade was consistent all season long, racking up double digit kills in every match but two including 12 double-doubles.  The four-time All-ACC player led the Yellow Jackets with 459 kills, 56 service aces and 562 points.  Known as one of the top servers in the game, Mead currently ranks seventh in the country averaging 0.48 aces per set.  She ends her career as one of the most decorated player in program history, becoming the all-time leader in career kills with 1,918, eclipsing 1,000 career digs and reaching the 2,000-point mark to become the only Georgia Tech player to do so in the last decade.  This is her first AVCA All-American appearance after three consecutive honorable mention accolades.

Sims, a 5-11 middle blocker, is a redshirt-sophomore from Glenview, Ill.  Sims has had a lot of highlights in her young collegiate career, but her match against Clemson certainly stands above the rest.  Against the Tigers on October 19th, she recorded a school-record 16 total blocks in addition to 16 kills in the five-set win.  The two-time ACC Player of the Week leads the Canes in total blocks (160), with her 1.39 blocks per set placing her in the top-25 in the country.  She garners AVCA All-American honors for the first time.

Eleven ACC players garnered honorable mention accolades: Clemson’s Sandra Adeleye; Duke’s Ali McCurdy; Florida State’s Sareea Freeman and Fatma Yildirim; Maryland’s Ashleigh Crutcher; Miami’s Alex Johnson, Alexis Mourning, and Nrithya Sundarararman; North Carolina’s Emily McGee and Paige Neuenfeldt; and NC State’s Megan Cyr.  

ACC on the 2012 AVCA All-America Third Team
School Position Year
Monique Mead Georgia Tech RS/Opp. SR
Ashley Neff Florida State MB JR
Emani Sims Miami MB SO
ACC Student-Athletes Named 2012 AVCA All-America Honorable Mention
School Position Year
Sandra Adeleye Clemson MB SR
Ali McCurdy Duke L/DS JR
Sareea Freeman Florida State MB SR
Fatma Yildirim Florida State OH SR
Ashleigh Crutcher Maryland OH SO
Alex Johnson Miami RS/Opp. JR
Alexis Mourning Miami MB SO
Nrithya Sundarararman Miami S SR
Megan Cyr North Carolina State S SR
Emily McGee North Carolina OH SR
Paige Neuenfeldt North Carolina MB FR