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Three Volleyball Players Earn All-ACC Recognition

Three Volleyball Players Earn All-ACC Recognition

Nov. 23, 2011

GREENSBORO, NC – A trio of Clemson juniors – Sandra Adeleye, Alexa Rand, and Serenat Yaz– have been named to the 2011 All-ACC Volleyball team, comprised of 18 players in the league. Awards are determined by voting of the 12 head coaches in the league. Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Miami, and North Carolina each put three players on the team to lead all schools.

Adeleye earns her third All-ACC selection in as many seasons, while Rand and Yaz were each named for the first time in their careers. The three have been key to Clemson’s success this season, which includes a 19-11 mark overall and an 11-8 mark in the ACC. The Tigers can wrap up fifth place in the league with a win Wednesday against Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

Adeleye leads Clemson and ranks seventh in the ACC at 3.35 kills per set and 3.90 points per set. She notched a career high 27 kills against No. 22 Miami last week, and her .350 hitting percentage is sixth in the ACC. Adeleye is the first player since Kelsey Murphyin 2009 to be named to three straight All-ACC teams.

Rand, who was named to the 2009 All-ACC Freshman team two years ago, earns her first All-ACC honor. She ranks second in the ACC and tenth nationally at 1.46 blocks per set. She is averaging 2.04 kills per set and is hitting .337 for the season, eighth-best in the ACC. She has accounted for 2.92 points per set this season.

Yaz, who had a breakout sophomore season last year, has again found her stride, leading Clemson at 3.50 kills per set in ACC play. Yaz was named the ACC Co-Player of the Week on Monday for her play against No. 21 Florida State and No. 22 Miami, when she averaged 4.78 kills per set and 2.78 digs per set.

Clemson closes the season against Georgia Tech on Wednesday and will watch on Sunday at 6:00 pm for the NCAA Selection Show on ESPNU.

2011 ACC Volleyball Individual Awards                                                                                                                                         

  • Player of the Year                              Lane Carico, Miami                   
  • Defensive Player of the Year           Ali McCurdy, Duke                    
  • Freshman of the Year                        Cameron Van Noy, North Carolina                         
  • Coach of the Year                              Chris Poole, Florida State                        

 2011 ACC All-ACC Team                                                    

  • Alexa Rand                          Jr.              MH          Clemson
  • Sandra Adeleye                  Jr.              MH          Clemson
  • Serenat Yaz                         Jr.              OH          Clemson
  • Ali McCurdy                        So.             DS/L        Duke
  • Christiana Gray                   Jr.              MB          Duke
  • Kellie Catanach                   Sr.             S              Duke
  • Ashley Neff                         So.             MB          Florida State
  • Jekaterina Stepanova        Sr.             OH          Florida State
  • Visnja Djurdjevic                Sr.             OH          Florida State
  • Monique Mead                  Jr.              RS            Georgia Tech
  • Ali Becker                            Sr.             MB          Miami
  • Katie Gallagher                   Sr.             S              Miami
  • Lane Carico                         Sr.             OH          Miami
  • Margaret Salata                  Sr.             MB          NC State
  • Chaniel Nelson                   Fr.             OPP        North Carolina
  • Emily McGee                       Jr.              OH          North Carolina
  • Kaylie Gibson                      Sr.             L              North Carolina
  • Cara Baarendse                  Jr.              MB          Virginia Tech
  • Andrea Beck                       Jr.              MB          Wake Forest

 2011 ACC All-Freshman Team                                         

  • Jeme Obeime                     OH          Duke        
  • Sarah Wickstrom                S              Florida State           
  • Adreene Elliott                   MB          Maryland
  • Dariyan Hopper                  OH          NC State  
  • Cameron Van Noy              MB          North Carolina       
  • Danae Rosendall                S              Wake Forest