Laite Earns Second-Team All-CAA Honors
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
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
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