Gonzalez Named Honorable Mention All-American
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- To cap off her collegiate career, University at Albany senior defensive specialist/libero Laurie Gonzalez earned Division I AVCA Honorable Mention All-America recognition this week.
Gonzalez, the first-ever four-time America East Defensive Specialist of the Year, earned first-team all-conference honors this season and led the Great Danes to consecutive America East Conference Championships and NCAA Tournament berths.
The senior paced the conference with 5.29 digs per set, and 5.31 digs per set in conference matches. Gonzalez was also among conference leaders with 27 aces in 101 sets in 2011.
The All-America awards will be presented Dec. 16, 2011, in San Antonio, Texas at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet presented by Zamst. The event is held in conjunction with the 2011 AVCA Convention.
The selections were made by the AVCA Division I All-America Committee: Santiago Restrepo, Oklahoma; Sherry Dunbar, Indiana; Lisa Seifert, Southern Methodist; Claire Lessinger, Southern Methodist; Jennifer Greeny, Washington State; Craig Skinner, Kentucky; Jeff Nelson, New Mexico; Tonya Johnson, Georgia Tech. The AVCA Awards Chair is Dayton head volleyball coach Kelly Sheffield.