2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Annual Volleyball Honors Announced
Nov. 24, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Duke junior setter Kellie Catanach has been selected as the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Volleyball Player of the Year and headlines the 2010 All-ACC Volleyball team, announced today by Commissioner John Swofford. Catanach is joined by North Carolina junior libero Kaylie Gibson, the 2010 Defensive Player of the Year, and Duke's Jolene Nagel, the 2010 Coach of the Year. Virginia right side McKenzie Adams has been named the 2010 Freshman of the Year and highlights the 2010 ACC-All Freshmen team. The honors are determined by a vote of the league's 12 head coaches.
Catanach, a native of Tampa, Fla., helped lead the Blue Devils (24-6, 16-4 ACC) to their third regular-season ACC Championship in the last five years. She led the conference in assists, averaging 11.40 per set in guiding Duke to the third-best hitting percentage in the league at .252. A two-time All-ACC selection and ACC All-Freshman pick in 2008, Catanach tallied 25 service aces and 65 total blocks on the season, including two block solos, while averaging 2.14 digs per set. She registered a team-leading 11 double-doubles on the season, which tied for eighth in the conference. Catanach recorded a season-high 68 assists in Duke's 3-2 win at Clemson on September 25.
Gibson, who earned All-ACC accolades for the first time, is averaging a league-leading 5.56 digs per set. The Apex, N.C., native has helped the second-place Tar Heels to a 23-9 overall record and a 14-5 mark in league play with one match remaining in the regular season. The 23 wins are their most since 2005. North Carolina currently ranks sixth nationally in digs, averaging 18.65 per set. Gibson's 5.56 mark is good for 10th in the country. She has posted double-digit digs in 28 of the Tar Heels' 32 matches. Her season-high of 32 digs came in the five-set win over Florida State on September 30.
Adams, a two-time ACC Freshman of the Week selection, ranks second among Cavaliers with 246 kills and a 3.00 kills per set average. She has tallied 63 total blocks, which is good for third on the team. Adams has also averaged 3.54 points per set. The San Antonio, Texas, native has registered five double-doubles. Adams recorded career-bests in kills (29) and digs (16) in Virginia's five-set win over Clemson on October 3. Her 29 kills set the program's all-time high, besting the mark of 28 set in 2004. Adams landed the game-winning kill against then-No. 25 Florida State on October 31 to secure Virgina's second-ever win against a ranked team and first since 1996.
In her 12th season as head coach, Jolene Nagel guided Duke to its third regular season ACC title in the last five years. The Blue Devils will be competing in their school-record sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament and the ninth overall during Nagel's tenure. This marks her third coach of the year honor after being recognized in 2001 and 2006. Her teams have posted at least 20 wins in 10 of the last 12 seasons. The Blue Devils currently lead the league in opponent hitting percentage at .170. The team also ranks in the top three in four other statistical categories, including hitting percentage (.252), assists per set (13.36), kills per set (14.32), and digs per set (17.11).
Duke led all ACC teams with five All-ACC accolades. Georgia Tech and North Carolina followed with three picks apiece, while Florida State and Virginia Tech each had two. Clemson, Miami, and Wake Forest each garnered one honoree.
Joining Adams on the ACC All-Freshmen Team were Clemson's Hannah Brenner, a setter, and Moneshia Simmons, a right side, along with Duke libero Ali McCurdy, Georgia Tech outside hitter Jennifer Percy, Maryland outside hitter Mary Cushman, and Virginia Tech middle blocker Victoria Hamsher.
Conference play wraps up Friday with eight teams facing off. Florida State finishes out the league's regular season Saturday when it travels to Florida A&M. ACC teams will learn their postseason fate Sunday when the NCAA announces its field of 64 for the 2010 NCAA Volleyball Championship. The selection show will air from 3 to 3:30 p.m. on ESPNews.