Feb. 5, 2009
CLEMSON, SC – Tiger volleyball’s Danielle Hepburn added another honor to her list of accolades on Thursday as the 2008 senior was named to the 2008 CVU.com Stellar Spiker First Team. Hepburn was also named an Honorable Mention Blocker-of-the-Year by the Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU) in January, in addition to her 2008 ACC Player-of-the-Year and Third-Team AVCA All-America honors.
Hepburn earned a CVU.com Stellar Spiker selection in 2006 as well. In 2008, the native of Miami, FL led the Tigers to a 23-10 record with 472 kills and a .391 hitting percentage. She owns the Clemson record with a career .357 hitting percentage and ranked 15th nationally last season for the statistic.
Hepburn also broke school career records in total blocks, block assists and blocks per set, while leading the Tigers to their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance in 2008. She became just the third player in school history to be named First-Team All-ACC three times, joining Robin Kibben and Cindy Stern. Stern was also the only other Clemson player to be chosen to an all-America team.
In honoring the 88 student athletes from across the nation, CVU.com looked for players that exhibited excellence and balance. While NCAA statistical rankings were considered, they weren’t the only consideration. Also considered in forming the two teams of 14 and in choosing the 60 Honorable Mention selections was the impact the player had on helping her team succeed as well as conference awards.
First- and Second-Team selections were formed around the idea of building a team with a starting lineup of seven players and then two players per starting slot were chosen to fill out each team.
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