Dec. 7, 2010
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Georgia Tech senior setter Mary Ashley Tippins and sophomore right-side hitter Monique Mead have been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-East Region team it was announced this afternoon. In addition, junior outside hitter Bailey Hunter was an honorable mention pick.
The AVCA All-American teams will be announced later this month.
Tippins earns her second straight All-Region nod and was an honorable mention All-American a year ago. After leading the ACC and finishing 20th in the nation in assists last year, the Atlanta native is fourth in the league this season with 10.87 assists a set. In Tech’s match against North Carolina last month, Tippins passed Allie Niekamp for third place all-time in assists at Georgia Tech and finished with 3,646 in her career. Tippins also averaged 2.37 digs, 0.71 kills, 0.51 blocks and 0.16 service aces per set. She had 12 double-doubles this season and came within a couple of kills of a triple double two different times.
Mead, the 2009 ACC Freshman of the Year, earns her first All-Region selection. She was honorable mention last year. The Newnan, Ga., native currently leads the league and is 18th in the nation with 4.31 kills per set. She is the only player in the ACC currently averaging over four kills per set and her 5.07 points per set rank first and 13th, respectively. Mead also had 1.96 digs per set and is 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.
Hunter earns her first spot as an honorable mention pick after receiving her first All-ACC citation. She ranks second on the team with 3.08 kills per set and is hitting .262. The Hendersonville, N.C. native is also averaging 0.72 digs, 0.43 blocks and 0.24 service aces per set. Hunter has had double-figure kills in 20 matches this year, including a career-high 24 at Virginia Tech last month.
2010 AVCA All-East Region Team
Sandra Adeleye,** Clemson University, MB, So.
Cara Baarendsa, Virginia Tech, RS/Opp., So.
Becci Burling, Duke University, MB, Sr.
Lane Carico,*** University of Miami, OH, Jr.
Kellie Catanach,** Duke University, S, Jr.
Visnja Djurdjevic,** Florida State University, OH, Jr.
Katie Gallagher, University of Miami, S, Jr.
Greta Gibboney, University of Delaware, DS/Lib., Sr.
Kaylie Gibson, University of North Carolina, DS/Lib., Jr.
Christiana Gray, Duke University, MB, So.
Monique Mead, Georgia Tech, RS/Opp., So.
Amanda Robertson, Duke University, RS/Opp., Jr.
Mary Ashley Tippins,** Georgia Tech, S, Sr.
Felicia Willoughby,*** Virginia Tech, MB, Sr.
Region Freshman of the Year: McKenzie Adams, Virginia, OH
Honorable Mention: Britney Brown (Northeastern, S/OH, Sr.), Bailey Hunter (Georgia Tech, OH, Jr.), Courtney Johnston (North Carolina, RS/Opp., Sr.), Emily McGee (North Carolina, OH, So.), Stephanie Neville