THREE RAMS NAMED TO ALL-CAA VOLLEYBALL TEAMS

NEWARK, Del. – Senior Courtney Hott (Fredericksburg, Va.), redshirt junior Kristin Boyd (Wilmington, N.C.) and freshman Cecilia Aragao (Recife, Brazil) were named to All-Colonial Athletic Association teams Thursday at the annual league championship banquet.

Hott (pictured, right) and Boyd picked up All-CAA Second Team honors, while Aragao, the Rams' 5-foot-11 setter, earned an All-Rookie selection. Towson's Katy Buck was named CAA Player of the Year, while the Tigers' Bruce Atkinson was selected Coach of the Year. VCU and Towson will meet Friday in the CAA Championship quarterfinals at Delaware's Bob Carpenter Building at 4 p.m.
 
It's the fifth straight year that the multiple Rams have earned All-CAA honors. The awards are the first all-conference honors for all three VCU players.
 
Hott a 6-foot-2 middle blocker is enjoying a career year for the Rams. The senior co-captain leads the team and ranks third in the CAA in blocks per set at 1.21, which ranks in the top 50 nationally. Hott has been even better in CAA matches, averaging 1.33 blocks per set. She's also hitting .300 and averaging 1.98 kills. Behind Hott, the Rams are averaging a league-best 2.77 kills per set, a mark that ranks 16th in the country.
 
While Hott has anchored the Rams' defense this season, the same could be said of Boyd's work on offense. The 6-foot-2 outside hitter is averaging 3.49 kills and 1.26 digs per set while hitting .204. In CAA matches, Boyd has produced 3.64 kills per set. Boyd's 384 kills this season rank 11th in VCU single-season history. Earlier this year, she became the eighth Ram to reach 900 career kills.
 
VCU has placed a freshman on the CAA's All-Rookie Team five straight years following Aragao's citation Thursday. The 5-foot-10 setter is averaging 9.46 assists per set. Behind Aragao's steady hand, the Rams have hit a CAA-best .236 this season, VCU's best mark in more than a decade. Aragao has also supplied 2.24 digs, 0.92 blocks and .89 kills per set, while hitting .301. She also leads the Rams in service aces and double-doubles.
 

2011 ALL-CAA VOLLEYBALL TEAMS
Selected by CAA Volleyball Coaches


FIRST TEAM

Player, School
                                                   Cl.           Pos.       Hometown/Previous School

Natalie Abel, James Madison                      Jr.           OH          Washington, Pa./Trinity                          
Alissa Alker, Delaware                                   Jr.           OH          San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch
Katy Buck, Towson                                          So.          OH          Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales Academy
Renee Tomko, Delaware                              Sr.           S              Jefferson Hills, Pa./Thomas Jefferson (Louisville)
Janelle Tucker, Northeastern                     So.          OH          Encino, Calif./Campbell Hall
Vineece Verdun, Georgia State                 Sr.           MB         Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Andover                               

SECOND TEAM

Player, School                                                   Cl.           Pos.       Hometown/Previous School

Kristin Boyd, VCU                                                             Jr.           OH          Wilmington, N.C./John T. Hoggard
Courtney Hott, VCU                                        Sr.           MB         Fredericksburg, Va./Courtland
Aubrey Kirven, Towson                                 Jr.           S              Uniontown, Ohio/Lake (Loyola)
Christi Laite, UNCW                                         So.          RS           Severna Park, Md./Severna Park
Chelsea Lawrence, Delaware                      Jr.           MH         Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township
Natalia Skiba, Northeastern                        Fr.           L              Westmont, Ill./Hinsdale Central

THIRD TEAM

Player, School                                                   Cl.           Pos.       Hometown/Previous School

Kelly Bacon, Northeastern                                           So.          OH          Temecula, Calif./Temecula Valley
Danielle Erb, James Madison                      Jr.           OH          Tampa, Fla./Plant
Muki Kangwa, Georgia State                       Sr.           OH          Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers
Nichole Kurz, Northeastern                         So.          MH         San Diego, Calif./Patrick Henry
Kylee Maneja, Hofstra                                   Jr.           L/OH      Kapolei, Hawaii/Sacred Hearts Academy
Kim Stewart, Delaware                                  Sr.           OH          Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood
Lana Zonjic, George Mason                         So.          OH          Zagreb, Croatia/II Gimnazjia Zagreb

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Player, School                                                   Cl.           Pos.       Hometown/Previous School

Cecilia Aragao, VCU                                         Fr.           S              Recife, Brazil/Colegio Contato
Jillian Briner, Northeastern                          Fr.           S/OH     Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park & River Forest
Kristi Richardson, James Madison                             Fr.           S              Glen Allen, Va./Hermitage
Paige Sekerak, Towson                                 Fr.           DS           Montgomery Village, Md./Poolesville
Natalia Skiba, Northeastern                        Fr.           L              Westmont, Ill./Hinsdale Central
Kelsie Wills, Hofstra                                        Fr.           OH          Matamata, New Zealand/Matamata College

2011 CAA Player of the Year: Katy Buck, Towson
2011 CAA Setter of the Year:
Renee Tomko, Delaware
2011 CAA Defensive Specialist of the Year:
Natalia Skiba, Northeastern
2011 CAA Rookie of the Year:
Jillian Briner, Northeastern
2011 CAA Coach of the Year:
Bruce Atkinson, Towson
 
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