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Louisville captures several ACC volleyball awards

Louisville captures several ACC volleyball awards

Louisville senior setter Katie George has been selected as the ACC Player and Setter of the Year and headlines the All-ACC volleyball team, announced Wednesday.

The Cardinals took all five major awards, as freshman libero Molly Sauer was named both Defensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, and Anne Kordes earned Coach of the Year honors. The awards were decided based on a vote of the league’s 15 head coaches.

Louisville swept the ACC volleyball individual awards for the first time since 2006 when Duke claimed player, freshman and coach of the year honors.

Four Blue Devils – outside hitter Emily Sklar, middle blocker Jordan Tucker, libero Sasha Karelov and middle blocker Leah Meyer – garnered conference honors. Sklar and Tucker headlined the group as both collected All-ACC first-team distinction. Karelov earned a second-team nod, while Meyer earned a spot on the All-ACC freshman team.

North Carolina upperclassmen Paige Neuenfeldt, Victoria McPherson and Taylor Treacy were among the 14 players named to the All-ACC first team, as selected by the conference coaches. UNC was the only conference member with three players on the first team, which also included two from Duke, Florida State, Louisville and Pittsburgh, as well as one honoree each from Georgia Tech, Syracuse and Virginia.

Duke: Rightside hitter Alyse Whitaker totaled 11 kills while middle blocker Jordan Tucker added 10 in Duke’s 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-21) victory over N.C. State in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

Whitaker committed just one attack error on 20 swings to register a .500 hitting percentage. She was also key to Duke’s (16-13, 11-8 ACC) defense at the net, adding four blocks.

Tucker’s 10 kills came on a .304 hitting percentage as the Prairie Village, Kan., native recorded her 15th match in double-digit kills this season. Fellow middle blocker Leah Meyer contributed nine kills and a match-high five blocks.

Setter Maggie Deichmeister dished out 40 assists, notching her 15th match of the season with 40-plus assists. Libero Sasha Karelov picked up a match-high 28 digs, marking her 11th contest with over 20 digs.

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