Gill named All-Louisiana First Team

Mon, 12/14/2009

Baton Rouge, La. – Loyola University New Orleans volleyball player Gina Gill was named 2009 All-Louisiana First Team by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

Gill, an outside hitter from Baton Rouge, La., earned the honor after leading the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference with 3.9 kills per game, which ranked 21st in the NAIA. She also ranked among the conference leaders in aces (50) and digs (284).

Despite missing five matches due to injury, Gill still made the Loyola record books for a single season, ranking 10th with 444 kills. She eclipsed the 20-kill mark four times this season, including a career-best 25 against Belhaven University on Oct. 20. Gill had double figures in kills in all but three matches this year, with two of the contests being mostly played by Loyola’s reserves.

Gill, in her sophomore season, was one of two underclassmen to make first team. Of the 14 total players named to either first or second team, she was the only one not from a NCAA Division-I program.

Along with being named All-Louisiana, she also made All-GCAC for the second time and was recently named to the AVCA All-Mid South Region Team.

Freshman setter Samantha Worsham, who also made All-GCAC, came in third for Freshman of the Year honors with two votes.

(NOTE: Six players picked on each team regardless of position based on points; Libero chosen on first and second team vote only, no points awarded).

First Team
Name, School/Pos/Cl/Hometown/Pts/Notes, Stats
Brittnee Cooper, LSU/MB/Sr./Houston, Texas/128/SEC POY, 371 kills, .390 hit %
Visnja Djurdjevic, Tulane/OH/So./Zitiste, Serbia/101/C-USA POY, 433 kills, .212 hit%
Sam Dabbs, LSU/S/Sr./San Antonio, Texas/71/All-SEC 1st tm, 1,067 assists
Marina Skender, LSU/OH/Sr./Zagreb, Croatia/58/All-SEC 1st tm, 378 kills, 29 aces
Lindsey Loyd, UNO/OH/Sr./Houston, Texas/47/All-SBC 1st tm, 3.34 kps, .269 hit %
Gina Gill, Loyola (NO)/OH/So./Baton Rouge, La./45/All-GCAC, 444 kills, .239 hit %
Nicky Valenti, UNO/L/Jr./River Ridge, La.//597 digs, 4.70 dps

Player of the Year – Brittnee Cooper, LSU
Voting – Cooper 10, Kayla Williams (GSU) 1

Defensive Player of the Year – Nicky Valenti, UNO
Voting – Valenti 6, Kara Jones (La. Tech) 2, Lauren Waclawczyk (LSU) 2, Lourena Beathley (SU) 1

Freshman of the Year – Priscilla Massengale, McNeese
Voting – Massengale 4, Marija Milosavjlevic (TU) 3, Samantha Worsham (Loy) 2, Chelsey Goins (GSU) 1, Jennifer Brandt (Nicholls) 1

Newcomer of the Year – Nataliya Panova, Louisiana Tech

Coach of the Year – Fran Flory, LSU
Voting – Flory 6, Sinisa Momic (TU) 2, Matt Sonnichsen (Tech) 2, Kim Young (GSU) 1

Second Team
Name, School/Pos/Cl/Hometown/Pts/Notes, Stats
Manieka Golden, Nicholls State/OH/Sr./Porter, Texas/38/262 kills, 3.12 kps
Rachel Lindelow, Tulane/S/Sr./Mandeville, La./35/All-C-USA 2nd tm, 29 service aces
KC Clayton, La. Tech/MB/Sr./Tucson, Ariz./32/All-WAC 2nd tm, .224 hit %
Kara Jones, La. Tech/MB/Jr./Moody, Texas/29/214 kills, .258 hit%
Michelle Williams, LSU/MB/So./Magnolia, Texas/26/228 kills, 30 service aces
Ksenija Vlaskovic, Tulane/OH/Sr./Pozarevac, Serbia/25/All-C-USA 2nd tm, 329 kills
Lauren Waclawczyk, LSU/L/So./San Antonio, Texas//392 digs, 28 service aces

Honorable Mention (earned 11-24 points)
Nicole Bowden (MB), McNeese; Kayla Williams (OH), Grambling; NataliyaPanova (OH), La. Tech; Lindsay Brown (L), Louisiana-Lafayette.

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