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Tribe Volleyball Standouts Bray, Alasomuka Receive All-Conference Accolades

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NEWARK, DEL - The William and Mary volleyball team had two athletes receive all-conference accolades this year, the Colonial Athletic Association announced Friday night at the pre-championships award banquet. It is the fourth year in a row that the Tribe has placed at least two on an all-conference team.

Senior Ginny Bray (Cary, N.C.) earned second-team honors after ranking among the conference's leaders in kills, attack percentage, blocks, and points scored. She posted career-best numbers for kills per set (2.61), attack percentage (.303), and points per set (3.29) in 2010, and finished her four years with the Tribe ranking among the all-time top-10 in seven different categories. This was Bray's third, and highest, All-CAA recognition after being named to the all-rookie team in 2007 and third-team in 2008.

"Ginny had a tremendous final season," said head volleyball coach Melissa Aldrich Shelton '91. "Every CAA team we played knew she was our go-to hitter and she still found a way to put the ball down. Ginny's development as a player has been so much fun to be a part of and I am thrilled that her hard work and competitive spirit have been recognized by others."

Freshman Celine Alasomuka (Centreville, Va.) was rewarded for her outstanding season as the Tribe's defensive specialist with a spot on the all-rookie team. Her 350 digs were the second-most ever by a Tribe freshman, and her season average of 3.72 digs per set ranks seventh in the College's single-season record book. During conference play, Alasomuka led the league with 0.36 service aces per set, and ranked fourth with 4.15 digs per set.

Said Shelton, "Playing in a brand new position, Celine became more comfortable in 'the jersey' every week. One of our top passers from day one, it was Celine's defense and serving that matured during the season. As she became more accustomed to the speed of the collegiate game, Celine blossomed. We're looking forward to Celine's continued growth during the rest of her career for the Tribe."

"Although our season did not go as we had hoped, I'm happy to say that our players continued to work hard through it all. As the seventh place team, having two players recognized is a big deal. While I'm happy for Ginny and Celine, I'm even more thrilled that our team was recognized. We are looking forward to working hard in the off-season in order to return to the CAA tournament next fall."

2010 ALL-CAA VOLLEYBALL TEAMS

FIRST TEAM

Britney Brown, Northeastern
Lindsay Callahan, James Madison
Jess Chason, Delaware
Katie Dennehy, Delaware
Greta Gibboney, Delaware
Vineece Verdun, Georgia State

SECOND TEAM
Ginny Bray, William & Mary
Kelsie Clegg, VCU
Danielle Erb, James Madison
Noelle Fanella, George Mason
Mariel Frey, VCU
Jessica LaScola, Northeastern

THIRD TEAM
Natalie Abel, James Madison
Alissa Alker, Delaware
Paige Erickson, Delaware
Holly Goode, George Mason
Ashley Jones, Georgia State
Janelle Tucker, Northeastern

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
Celine Alasomuka, William & Mary
Ciara Brown, VCU
Katy Buck, Towson
Katie Daorai, James Madison
Janelle Tucker, Northeastern
Lana Zonjic, George Mason

2010 CAA Player of the Year: Britney Brown, Northeastern
2010 CAA Setter of the Year: Jess Chason, Delaware
2010 CAA Defensive Specialist of the Year: Greta Gibboney, Delaware
2010 CAA Co-Rookies of the Year: Janelle Tucker, Northeastern and Lana Zonjic, George Mason
2010 CAA Co-Coaches of the Year: Bonnie Kenny, Delaware and Lauren Steinbrecher, James Madison

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