MEAC Announces Volleyball All-Conference Team

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          Release: 11/14/2013
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All-MEAC First Team

NORFOLK, Va., November 14, 2013 – Hampton junior Vendula Strakova was named the 2013 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Player of the Year, the conference announced on Thursday.

Howard’s Katherine Broussard earned Rookie of the Year honors, while Florida A&M head coach Tony Trifonov repeated as the Coach of the Year. All honors were voted on by the MEAC’s head volleyball coaches and sports information directors.

Strakova led the MEAC and the nation with 5.74 kills and 6.60 points during her junior season. Strakova is among the top ten in the conference in hitting percentage (.317), service aces (0.52) and digs (2.77). She concluded the regular season with 14 20-plus kill performances, including a MEAC season-high 33 in a conference match against Coppin State. She added a season-best 24 digs in a non-conference match against Evansville.

Broussard recorded 366 kills, 307 digs (2.74 digs/set), 42 assists, 33 blocks and 32 services aces during her rookie season. She ranked among the top ten in the conference in kills (3.27/set) and points (3.71/set). Broussard registered a season-high 20 kills and 19 digs in a non-conference match against Saint Francis (N.Y.).

Under the tutelage of Trifonov, the Lady Rattlers recorded an unblemished 10-0 mark in MEAC southern divisional play and a 14-6 overall record. In his 17th year at the helm, Florida A&M was among the leaders in hitting percentage (.245), opponent hitting percentage (.179), assists (11.20) and kills (12.28). This is the sixth time that Trifonov has earned Coach of the Year accolades.

Joining Strakova and Broussard on the 2013 All-MEAC First Team is South Carolina State’s Desire Waller, Florida A&M’s Ginna Lopez-Chavez, Assata Conway and Stephanie Shulits of Howard and Coppin State’s Gabrielle Otero.

The MEAC Volleyball Tournament begins on Friday, November 15 at 10 a.m. The competition continues on Saturday with the semifinal matches scheduled at noon and 3:30 p.m.

The volleyball championship tournament will conclude on Sunday, beginning at noon and will be video-streamed live, for free, on MEACsports.com

For more information on the 2013 MEAC Volleyball Championship and for complete results, log on to www.MEACsports.com 

 

2013 All-MEAC Volleyball Teams

As voted on by the conference’s head coaches and sports information directors

Player of the Year: Vendula Strakova, Hampton

Rookie of the Year: Katherine Broussard, Howard

Coach of the Year: Tony Trifonov, Florida A&M

 

First Team

Name

Pos.

Cl.

School

Hometown

Katherine Broussard

OH

Fr.

Howard

Harvey, La.

Vendula Strakova

OH

Jr.

Hampton

Brno, Czech Republic

Desire Waller

OH

Sr.

South Carolina State

Houston, Texas

Ginna Lopez-Chavez

MB

So.

Florida A&M

Lima, Peru

Assata Conway

MB

Jr.

Howard

Missouri City, Texas

Stephanie Shultis

S

Jr.

Howard

Springfield, Va.

Gabrielle Otero

L

Jr.

Coppin State

San Antonio, Texas

Second Team

Name

Pos.

Cl.

School

Hometown

Katherine Huanec

OH

Sr.

Florida A&M

Lima, Peru

Krista Kraskura

OH

Jr.

Hampton

Kuldiga, Latvia

Goda Jankauskaite

OH

Sr.

Norfolk State

Kaunas, Lithuania

Delicia Pierre

OH

So.

Bethune-Cookman

Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago

Kandace Thomas

MB

So.

Coppin State

Carson, Calif.

Bibiany Fonseca

S

Sr.

Hampton

Uberlandia, Brazil

Allyson Lods

L

Jr.

Howard

Lancaster, Calif.

Third Team

Name

Pos.

Cl.

School

Hometown

Cindy Okegbue

OH

So.

Coppin State

Austin, Texas

Aleena McDaniel

OH

So.

North Carolina A&T

Indianapolis, Ind.

Zuri Smith

MB

Jr.

Morgan State

Inglewood, Calif.

Negbui Chafeh

S

Sr.

Morgan State

Fontana, Calif.

Joanie Del Castillo

S

Jr.

Florida A&M

Lima, Peru

Jingqiao Li

L

Sr.

Maryland Eastern Shore

Beijing, China

Noelle Eagles

S

r-Jr.

Norfolk State

Richmond, Ind.

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