RICHMOND, Va. – Following outstanding seasons on the volleyball court, Virginia Commonwealth University juniors Kristin Boyd (Wilmington, N.C.) and Jasmine Waters (Landover, Md.) have been named to the COBRA Magazine All-East Region Team.
According to the publication's website, "COBRA Magazine's purpose is to celebrate the success of volleyball players of African as well as Samoan and Tongan descent in hopes of encouraging young girls of those ethnic groups across the country to pursue the sport."
Both Boyd and Waters enjoyed career years for the Rams in 2011.
Boyd emerged as VCU's top offensive threat, averaging a career-high 3.44 kills per set this season. Her 440 kills rank fifth in school single-season history. Boyd also hit a career-best .209 and averaged 1.11 digs and 0.70 blocks per set. She was named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association Second Team. The 6-foot-2 outside hitter also moved into the top 10 on the Rams' career kills list with 961.
While Boyd has become VCU's go-to player on offense, the same could be said of Waters on defense. The 6-foot-4 middle blocker shattered a 19-year-old school record for blocks per set this season, averaging 1.23 each time out. Additionally, Waters tied the school mark for total blocks in a single season with 157. The Temple University transfer, who ranked third in the CAA in blocks, also ranked fifth in the league in hitting (.291) and provided 1.50 kills per set.
Boyd and Waters are part of a solid core of returners for the Rams next season. In 2011, they helped a youthful VCU squad to a 17-17 record and a berth in the CAA Championship Match for the fourth time in seven years.