ACC Volleyball Garners 13 All-America Recognitions from AVCA

Dec. 15, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke junior setter Kellie Catanach, the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, and Miami junior outside hitter Lane Carico, a three-time All-ACC honoree, were selected to the 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America Third Team, announced today by the AVCA. The duo headlines a list of 13 ACC volleyball student-athletes who received All-America recognition. Regular season champion Duke had a conference-leading four student-athletes earn accolades. The winners will be honored on December 17 at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet in Kansas City, Mo.

Catanach, a native of Tampa, Fla., helped the Blue Devils claim their third regular-season ACC Championship in the last five years en route to a school-record sixth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Volleyball Championship. The Blue Devils became just the third team in ACC history to reach the regional finals of the national tournament before falling to Penn State, 3-1. Catanach, who received honorable mention last season, was one of four Blue Devils recognized as teammates Becci Burling, Christiana Gray, and Amanda Robertson received honorable mention for the 2010 campaign.

Carico garnered honorable mention from the AVCA in both the 2008 and 2009 seasons. The Manhattan Beach, Fla., native led the league in double-doubles with 26. After a third-place finish in the conference, the Hurricanes made their second consecutive and third overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Carico was joined by fellow Hurricane Katie Gallagher, who earned honorable mention.

The Georgia Tech duo of Monique Mead and Mary Ashley Tippins were honorable mention recipients for the second-straight year. Virginia Tech was also represented by two student-athletes, as Cara Baarendse garnered her first honor and Felicia Willoughby was selected for the second time in her career. Clemson’s Sandra Adeleye claimed her second consecutive honorable mention, while Florida State’s Visnja Djurdjevic and North Carolina’s Kaylie Gibson each earned their first.

This season marks the first time since 2003 that the ACC had more than one student-athlete named to an All-America team. Georgia Tech’s Kele Eveland and Lynnette Moster garnered first- and third-team honors respectively that year.

ACC on 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America Third Team

Name Year Position School
Kellie Catanach Jr. S Duke
Lane Carico Jr. OH Miami

ACC Receiving 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America Honorable Mention

Name Year Position School
Sandra Adeleye So. MB Clemson
Becci Burling Sr. MB 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
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