WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW senior right side hitter Christi Laite was named to the Preseason All-CAA Volleyball Team on Monday.

A two-time Second-Team All-CAA selection, 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.

“It is a great honor to have a UNCW player recognized by other the CAA coaches,” said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. “Christi truly represents the meaning of student-athlete in her dedication both on and off the court and in the classroom. I know she is excited about making her senior season count and helping our program reach a higher level of success in 2013”

UNCW opens the regular season Aug. 30-31 with an appearance in the Kristen Dickmann Invitational. The Seahawks will face Elon, UIC and host Navy during the two-day event.

2013 Preseason All-CAA Volleyball Team

Player-School

Pos.

Cl.

Hometown

Kelly Bacon-Northeastern

OH

Sr.

Temecula, Calif.        

Darcy Dorton-College of Charleston          

OH

Sr.

Muncie, Ind.

Dessi Koleva-William and Mary

OH

 So.

 Torrance, Calif

Christi Laite-UNCW

RSH

Sr.

 Severna Park, Md.

Ariel Shonk-Delaware                               

DS/L              

So.

Atlanta, Ga.

Sloane White-College of Charleston

MB/RSH

Jr.

Indianapolis, Ind.

Kelsie WillsHofstra

OH

Jr.

Matamata, New Zealand

Honorable Mention: Lizzy Briones, MB, James Madison; Melissa Morello, OH, College of Charleston; Meghan Niski, OH, James Madison; Mackenzie Olsen, S, Delaware; Natalia Skiba, L, Northeastern