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Laite Earns Second-Team All-CAA Honors

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Release: 11/15/2012
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UNCW junior Christi Laite was named a Second-Team All-CAA performer for the second consecutive season on Thursday
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UNCW junior Christi Laite was named a Second-Team All-CAA performer for the second consecutive season on Thursday
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - UNCW junior right side hitter Christi Laite was recognized as a Second-Team All-CAA performer on Thursday as the Colonial Athletic Association announced its annual awards on the eve of the 2012 CAA Volleyball Championship.

Laite earns All-CAA accolades for the second consecutive season as she becomes just the fifth player in program history to earn All-Conference recognition on multiple occasions during their UNCW career.

"This is a great achievement for Christi to be recognized for the second year in a row," said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. "She has developed into a tremendous leader on the court, and is also a stellar student in the classroom.  She is someone that works hard to improve her game, and helps push our team on a daily basis to reach a higher level of play."

Laite started all 28 matches for the Seahawks in 2012 and led the team in both total kills (287) and kills per set (2.81). The Severna Park, Md., product also tallied 18 service aces, one solo block and 64 block assists to rank 10th in the CAA in points per set (3.31). Defensively, Laite averaged 1.33 digs per set as she finished the season with two double-doubles.

In other awards handed out Thursday, Northeastern junior Kelly Bacon was named CAA Player-of-the-Year while Towson's Aubrey Kirven (setter), Delaware's Ariel Shonk (defensive specialist) and William and Mary's Dessi Koleva (rookie) took home the league's other major player awards. Towson's Bruce Atkinson was recognized as the league's Coach-of-the-Year.

2012 ALL-CAA VOLLEYBALL TEAMS

FIRST TEAM

Player, School

Cl.

Pos.

Hometown/Previous School

Alissa Alker, Delaware

Sr.

OH

San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch

Kelly Bacon, Northeastern

Jr.

OH

Temecula, Calif./Temecula Valley

Nicole Bishop, Northeastern

Sr.

MH

Park City, Utah/Park City

Katy Buck, Towson

Jr.

OH

Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales Academy

Aubrey Kirven, Towson

Sr.

S

Uniontown, Ohio/Lake/Loyola Univ.

Kelsie Wills, Hofstra

So.

OH

Matamata, New Zealand/Matamata College

 

SECOND TEAM

Player, School

Cl.

Pos.

Hometown/Previous School

Catalina Charry, Hofstra

Sr.

S

Santiago de Cali, Colombia/Salt Lake CC

Danielle Erb, James Madison

Sr.

OH

Tampa, Fla./Plant

I'ishah Keliikoa, Towson

Jr.

RS/OP

Mililani, Hawaii/I'olani

Dessi Koleva, William & Mary

Fr.

OH

Torrance, Calif./South

Christi Laite, UNCW

Jr.

RS

Severna Park, Md./Severna Park

Chelsea Lawrence, Delaware

Sr.

MH

Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township

Lana Zonjic, George Mason

Jr.

OH

Zagreb, Croatia/II Gimnazjia Zagreb

THIRD TEAM

Player, School

Cl.

Pos.

Hometown/Previous School

Natalie Abel, James Madison

Sr.

OH

Washington, Pa./Trinity

Jillian Briner, Northeastern

So.

S/OH

Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park & River Forest

Marta Machos, Towson

Sr.

OP

Tomaszow, Lubelski, Poland/Midland College

Shaylin O'Connell, William & Mary

Sr.

MH

Leesburg, Va./Loudoun County

Ariel Shonk, Delaware

Fr.

DS/L

Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood Int'l Charter

Natalia Skiba, Northeastern

So.

L/OH

Westmont, Ill./Hinsdale Central

 

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Player, School

Cl.

Pos.

Hometown/Previous School

Dessi Koleva, William & Mary

Fr.

OH

Torrance, Calif./South

Meghan Niski, James Madison

Fr.

OH

St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East

Mackenzie Olsen, Delaware

Fr.

S

Villa Park, Calif./Villa Park

Lola Owokoniran, George Mason

Fr.

MB

Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield

Ariel Shonk, Delaware

Fr.

DS/L

Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood Int'l Charter

Eliza Zachary, Georgia State

Fr.

MB

Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson

2012 CAA Player of the Year: Kelly Bacon, Northeastern

2012 CAA Setter of the Year: Aubrey Kirven, Towson

2012 CAA Defensive Specialist of the Year: Ariel Shonk, Delaware

2012 CAA Rookie of the Year: Dessi Koleva, William & Mary

2012 CAA Coach of the Year: Bruce Atkinson, Towson


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