ACC Freshman Of The Year Monique Mead Highlights Three All-ACC Volleyball Picks

Dec. 3, 2009

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Baylor (22-9) vs. Georgia Tech (21-9)
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Georgia Tech freshman right-side hitter Monique Mead has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year it was announced Thursday in voting conducted by the league’s coaches. Mead, as well as senior outside hitter Chrissy DeMichelis and junior setter Mary Ashley Tippins, were each selected to the All-Conference team.

Mead, who was also named to the All-Freshman team, is Tech’s first ACC Freshman of the Year since Lauren Sauer won the award in 200. Mead is second on the team and seventh in the ACC averaging 3.04 kills per set this year. She has reached double-figures in 21 of Tech’s 30 matches and has tallied at least 15 kills in five matches. That includes a career-high 21 against Miami on Nov. 13. Mead is also averaging 1.94 digs per set and 0.77 blocks.

DeMichelis, who was a preseason All-ACC selection, earns her first career honor. DeMichelis is 10th in school history in kills per set (3.06) and also sixth in solo blocks (74). This season, the Aurora, Colo. native is 10th in the ACC in kills (2.94) and third on the team in total blocks (63) while registering at least 10 kills in all but six matches. She has over 1,000 kills in her career and set the Tech single-match record with six solo blocks against Virginia Tech in 2007.

Tippins also earns her first career honor as she ranks first in the ACC and 18th nationally dishing out 11.28 assists per set. Despite playing in just 40 matches over her first two seasons, Tippins ranks sixth in Tech history averaging 10.25 assists per set and is eighth with 2,302 career helpers. She recorded her first career double-double Oct. 4 at Miami with 60 assists and 10 digs and now has four in the last two months. Tippins is sixth in the ACC with 0.32 service aces per set and is chipping in with 1.92 digs per set as well.

Florida State senior middle blocker Brianna Barry was selected as Player of the Year, while Clemson senior Didem Ege was named Defensive Player of the Year and Chris Poole of Florida State was tabbed Coach of the Year.

The Yellow Jackets are currently in Los Angeles, Calif., preparing for their NCAA first round match against Baylor on Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET. Live video, audio and stats of the match are available at www.RamblinWreck.com.

2009 All-ACC Volleyball Team
Name Yr., Pos., School
Sandra Adeleye Fr., MH, Clemson
Didem Ege Sr., DS, Clemson
Kelsey Murphy Sr., S, Clemson
Lia Proctor Sr., OH, Clemson
Becci Burling Jr., MB, Duke
Kellie Catanach So., S, Duke
Rachael Moss Sr., OH, Duke
Brianna Barry Sr., MB, Florida State
Mira Djuric Sr., OH, Florida State
Rachael Morgan So., OH, Florida State
Jordana Price Sr., MB, Florida State
Chrissy DeMichelis Sr., OH, Georgia Tech
Monique Mead Fr., OH, Georgia Tech
Mary Ashley Tippins Jr., S, Georgia Tech

Lane Carico So., OH, Miami
Cassie Loessberg Sr., DS, Miami
Simone Asque So., OH, Virginia
Felicia Willoughby Jr., MB, Virginia Tech

Player of the Year: Brianna Barry, Sr., MB, Florida State
Defensive Player of the Year: Didem Ege, Sr., DS, Clemson
Coach of the Year: Chris Poole, Florida State

2009 ACC All-Freshman Volleyball Team
Name Pos., School Sandra Adeleye MH, Clemson Alexa Rand MH, Clemson Christiana Gray MB, Duke Fatma Yildirim OH, Florida State Monique Mead OH, Georgia Tech Cara Baarendse MB, Virginia Tech

Freshman of the Year: Monique Mead, OH, Georgia Tech

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