Aug. 23, 2011
In addition, the Yellow Jackets were picked fifth in the preseason poll as voted upon by the league’s coaches. Tech finished tied for fifth in the ACC last year with an 11-9 record and was 18-14 overall.
Duke, the defending ACC regular season champion from 2010, was predicted to defend its title again. The Blue Devils picked up 117 out of a possible 121 points, including nine first places votes from the coaches. First place votes were awarded 11 points, second place received 10 points, etc. Coaches were not allowed to include their own team in their predicted order of finish.
Florida State picked up 110 points and the remaining three first place votes to. North Carolina (98) and Miami (96) rounded out the top four teams. Georgia Tech (73) and Virginia Tech (72) came in at a close fifth and sixth respectively. Clemson (64), Maryland (47), Virginia (45), Wake Forest (36), NC State (22), and Boston College (12) completed the 2011 predicted order of finish.
A total of 10 teams are represented on the 2011 Preseason All-ACC Team. Duke led all conference teams with four selections. Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Miami all had two representatives. Clemson, Maryland, Virginia, and Wake Forest completed the squad with one player apiece.
Mead and Hunter were each All-ACC performers in 2010 and Mead earned her second straight AVCA honorable mention All-American citation. Hunter played in all 32 matches last season and was second on the team with 3.05 kills a set. She hit .259 and had 366 total kills while finishing eighth in the league with 0.28 service aces a set. Hunter added 87 digs and 50 total blocks while recording double-figure kills in 21 matches and posted a career-high 24 at Virginia Tech (10/2).
Mead led the league and is 18th in the nation with 4.31 kills per set. She was the only player in the ACC to average over four kills per set and her 5.07 points per set ranked first and 13th, respectively. Mead also had 1.96 digs per set and was eighth in the league with 0.28 service aces a set. She had 101 total blocks on the season, an average of 0.88 a set, and was second on the team with six double-doubles. On Sept. 24 against Duke, Mead set a career high with 30 kills. It was Tech’s first 30-kill match since Talisa Kellogg had 35 against Virginia on Oct. 22, 2005 and just the 12th 30-kill match by an individual in school history. She has had at least 20 kills in a match eight times this year.
Name School Year Position
Kellie Catanach Duke Senior S
Sophia Dunworth Duke Senior MB/OH
Amanda Robertson Duke Senior MB
Sanda Adeleye Clemson Junior MH
Visnja Djurdjevic Florida State Senior OH
Rachel Morgan Florida State Senior OH
Bailey Hunter Georgia Tech Senior OH
Monique Mead Georgia Tech Junior RH
Lane Carico Miami Senior OH
Katie Gallagher Miami RS Senior S
Remy McBain Maryland Junior S
Emily McGee North Carolina Junior OH
Simone Asque Virginia Senior OH
Cara Baarendse Virginia Tech Junior MB
Justine Record Virginia Tech Senior OH
Andrea Beck Wake Forest Junior MB/RS
Kaylie Gibson North Carolina Senior L
Ali McCurdy Duke Sophomore DS/L
Team (First Place Votes) Points 2010 Overall Record (ACC Record)
Duke (9) 117 27-7 (16-4)
Florida State (3) 110 22-11 (12-8)
North Carolina 98 25-10 (15-5)
Miami 96 23-9 (13-7)
Georgia Tech 73 18-14 (11-9)
Virginia Tech 72 20-12 (10-10)
Clemson 64 18-13 (9-11)
Maryland 47 19-13 (10-10)
Virginia 45 14-16 (8-12)
Wake Forest 36 19-12 (11-9)
NC State 22 14-18 (4-16)
Boston College 12 9-24 (1-19)