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Laite Earns All-CAA Accolades

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 11/17/2011
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NEWARK, Delaware - UNCW sophomore right side hitter Christi Laite was named Second-Team All-CAA on Thursday as the Colonial Athletic Association announced its annual awards on the eve of the 2011 CAA Volleyball Championship.

Laite becomes the first Seahawk player to earn all-conference accolades since Bea Gerevich was a Second-Team All-CAA pick in 2003.

"This is a great honor for Christi and her dedicated teammates that helped our team reach new heights this season," said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. "Christi has come a long way in a short amount of time and we are very excited about what the future holds for her."

A native of Severna Park, Md., Laite played in 29 matches for the Seahawks and ranked sixth in the league kills per set (3.28) while pacing the squad in attack percentage (.233). Laite also pitched 83 total blocks and 27 service aces to finish the season fifth in the league in points per frame (3.92). Defensively, Laite averaged 1.42 digs per set as she recorded three double-doubles during the campaign.

In other awards handed out Thursday, Towson sophomore Katy Buck was named the 2011 Colonial Athletic Association Volleyball Player-of-the-Year in a vote of the league's 10 head coaches. Delaware's Renee Tomko was tabbed as the league's Setter-of-the-Year while Northeastern's Natalia Skiba was selected as the circuit's Defensive Specialist-of-the-Year. Northeastern freshman Jillian Briner took home league Rookie-of-the-Year honors and Towson Head Coach Bruce Atkinson was recognized as the CAA Coach-of-the-Year.

First-Team All-CAA

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 All-CAA

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 All-CAA

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

CAA 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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