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Four Yellow Jackets Earn ACC Honors at Volleyball Banquet; Eveland Named ACC Rookie of the Year

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Georgia Tech’s Kyleen Bell (Rocklin, Calif.), Maja Pachale (Schwerin, Germany), and Eida Mabry (Divjake, Albania) were each named to the all-Atlantic Coast Conference volleyball team, while Kele Eveland (Grand Rapids, Mich.) was named the league’s Rookie of the Year at the ACC’s annual volleyball banquet on Wednesday night.

Bell earned first-team all-ACC after leading Georgia Tech in virtutally every statistical category. The junior middle blocker finished the regular season ranked third in the ACC with a .350 hitting percentage and also ranked sixth in the conference with 1.03 blocks per game and 10th with 3.83 kills per game. She is currently second on the team with 400 kills.

A junior outside hitter, Pachale joins Bell on the all-ACC first team. A 1999 first-team all-ACC selection, Pachale is third on the team with 369 kills, averaging 3.84 a game, and first on the team with 298 digs. She ranks eighth in the conference with 3.10 digs per game.

Receiving second team all-ACC honors is Mabry, who joined the Yellow Jackets this season after transferring from Temple University. The rightside player has been a dominant force for Tech and leads the team with 401 kills. The junior is ranked fifth in the conference with a .321 hitting percentage, fifth with .38 service aces and eighth with 3.86 kills per game.

Eveland garnered the Rookie of the Year title and was named to the all-freshman team after a stellar rookie campaign. The setter is averaging 12.91 assists per game, which ranks second in the conference, and is second on the team with 273 digs. She has directed an offense which is ranked 14th in the nation in assists per game (15.81) and 13th in the nation in kills per game (17.56). In addition, the Jackets lead the conference with a .262 hitting percentage.

The ACC regular season co-champion, Georgia Tech (23-6, 13-3), enters the 21st annual ACC Championship Tournament as the number one seed and will face ninth-seeded NC State (1-15, 9-21) at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. The tournament is being held in Winston-Salem, N.C. and the championship match will be broadcast live on ACC Regional television package (Fox Sports Net South, Home Team Sports, Sunshine) on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

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