July 30, 2010
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech rising sophomore right-side hitter Monique Mead has been named an All-Preseason first team by COBRA Magazine. COBRA Magazine’s purpose is to celebrate the success of volleyball players of African descent in hopes of encouraging black girls to pursue the sport.
Mead was Tech’s first ACC Freshman of the Year since Lauren Sauer won the award in 2000. She was also an AVCA honorable mention All-American. Mead was second on the team and seventh in the ACC averaging 3.07 kills per set this year. She reached double-figures in 22 of Tech’s 30 matches and tallied at least 15 kills in five matches. That included a career-high 21 against Miami on Nov. 13. Mead also averaged 1.94 digs per set and 0.77 blocks. In the Jackets’ NCAA Tournament loss to Baylor, Mead just missed a double-double as she had 12 kills and nine digs.
COBRA Magazine All-Preseason Teams
Pre-Season Player of the Year Candidates: Miami’s Lane Carico, Hawaii’s Kanani Danielson, Florida’s Stephanie Ferrell, Tulsa’s Tyler Henderson, Cal’s Tarah Murrey, Washington’s Bianca Rowland, Penn State’s Arielle Wilson
All-Preseason First Team:Paola Ampudia – Missouri Oceana Bush – Washington St. Lane Carico – Miami Kanani Danielson – Hawaii Frankie Ekwerwku – Oklahoma Stephanie Ferrell – Florida Tyler Henderson – Tulsa Kayla Jeter – Tennessee Brittney Johnson – LSU Alex Jupiter – USC Monique Mead – Georgia Tech Tarah Murrey – Cal Bianca Rowland – Washington Arielle Wilson – Penn State
Rachael Adams – Texas Cassandra Anderson – Florida Lauren Bledsoe – Florida Mbebui Chafeh – Cal St. San Bernadino LaToya Clark – Jackson St. Gazzelle d’Artois – Howard Whitney Dosty – Arizona Altrese Hawkins – Memphis Ashley Jones – Georgia St. Vanessa Murray – Washington St. Ashley Newsome – Mississippi St.Sarah Reaves – Arizona St. Jourdanne Scott – Cincinnati Brittany Tillman – Washington St. Vineece Verdun – Georgia St.
Third Team Brittney Brimmage – Missouri Rose Corneielle – Alabama A&M Lakeshia Craft – Sam Houston Isis Gardner – Houston Baptist Ciara Jones – Marquette Brittany Larkin – Jackson St. Lici McGee – Miami Sabel Moffett – Northwestern Clarissa Moore – Alabama A&M Dominique Olowolafe – Cal Poly Brittany Stewart – Kentucky St. Nrithya Sundararaman – Miami Chandace Tryon – Houston Jalesty Washington – Methodist Keidra Williams – West Texas A&M