Notebook: ACC has 13 on Best XI women's soccer teams; Duke volleyball player honored

From News ReleasesDecember 19, 2013 

— Thirteen ACC student-athletes have been named to TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Best XI Teams.

Virginia junior midfielder Morgan Brian was named upperclassmen player of the season and leads the 11-member first team.

Joining Brian on the first team are Florida State senior defender Kassey Kallman, North Carolina senior midfielder Crystal Dunn and Virginia sophomore forward Makenzy Doniak.

Florida State junior midfielder Dagny Brynsjarsdottir, Notre Dame sophomore midfielder Cari Roccaro and Virginia sophomore defender Emily Sonnet were named to the second team, and Wake Forest senior goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe was a third-team selection.

Representing the ACC on the Best XI freshmen team are Clemson goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan, Duke defender Christina Gibbons and Notre Dame midfielder Morgan Andrews on the first team, and Florida State midfielder Nickolette Driesse and Virginia Tech forward Murielle Tiernan on the second team.

It was another banner year for ACC women’s soccer, as it saw eight teams selected for the NCAA championship, including an NCAA-record all four No. 1 seeds.

All eight teams advanced to the third round, and an NCAA-record six teams earned a berth in the quarterfinals.

The ACC had three teams in the Women’s College Cup for the second time in league history.

Virginia was No. 1 in the nation for nine weeks of the season, and a total of six teams held a Top 25 ranking for at least nine weeks of the 2013 season.

Volleyball

Duke: Sophomore outside hitter Emily Sklar earned third-team All-America honors as announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Sklar, who was named the ACC Player of the Year, guided Duke (28-5, 18-2) to the conference crown, totaling 405 kills, 222 digs, 24 service aces and 43 blocks.

The only sophomore in Duke history to garner conference player of the year recognition, Sklar knocked down 3.89 kills per set to rank second in the ACC.

In addition to Sklar, 11 other conference student-athletes received honorable mention, including three Blue Devils.

Also placing student-athletes on the honorable mention list were Florida State with three, North Carolina and Virginia Tech with two each and Notre Dame with one.

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