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Celine Alasomuka Earns All-Region Volleyball Honors from COBRA Magazine

WILLIAMSBURG - William and Mary freshman Celine Alasomuka (Centreville, Va.) was named to the honorable mention All-East region team this week by COBRA Magazine, after her outstanding rookie campaign for the Green and Gold. She was one of just three freshman, and one of just two defensive specialists, among the 21 players selected from the region.

"We're honored to have Celine's performance recognized by another group," said head coach Melissa Aldrich Shelton '91. "Celine is a terrific libero who has just begun to tap into her talents. The success she had during her freshman campaign was one of the bright spots in our season."

Alasomuka was the Tribe's primary libero in 2010, and also saw action as an outside hitter. She was named to the Colonial Athletic Association's All-Rookie team, after collecting 350 digs, second-most all-time by a Tribe freshman. Her average of 3.72 digs per set was the seventh-most in school history. During the 14-match conference season, Alasomuka led the CAA with 0.36 aces per set and ranked fourth with 4.15 digs per set, all while playing as a defensive specialist for the first time in her career.

COBRA Magazine is the world’s first publication that celebrates and tells the stories of educated African American women who play volleyball. COBRA features some of the best volleyball players in the world. According to Rebel Life Media, the owner of COBRA Magazine, “due to economic challenges and social differences, black athletes often think that volleyball is not an option as a collegiate or professional sport. COBRA Magazine proves that black women have a place in the sport while they pursue higher education.”

To see the latest issue (and all previous issues) of COBRA, go to

COBRA Magazine All-East Region Team
Deja McClendon, Penn State, OH, Fr.
Arielle Wilson, Penn State, MH, Sr.
Samantha Chukwura, UMES, MB, Sr.
Maline Vaitai, UMES, OH, Fr.
Zoe Bowens, UMES, OH, Jr.
Lisa Scott, Maryland, MB, Jr.
Simone Asque, Virginia, OH, Jr.
Desiree Ates, Pasco Hernando, OH, So.
Karyl Bacon, Liberty, OH, Sr.
Angelina Waterman, American, OH, Sr.
Bianca Richardson, American, MB, So.
Vanessa Dorismond, Georgetown, MB, Sr.
Imani Harper, Pittsburgh, MH, Sr.
Arielle Pierre, Temple, DS/L, Sr.
Tosin Elebute, Howard, RS, Jr.

Player of the Year: Deja McClendon, Penn State

Honorable Mention
Iman Kennedy, UMBC, MB, Jr.
Loren Thomas, Liberty, MB, So.
Jasmine Waters, VCU, MB, So.
Kiesha Leggs, Pittsburgh, MH, Jr.
Leah Hill, George Washington, OH, Sr.
Celine Alasomuka, William and Mary, DS, Fr.

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