Gainesville, FL - For the first time since the 2003 season, four
University of Florida volleyball players have earned All-South Region
honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association, the Lexington,
Ky., based organization announced Monday.
Senior middle blocker Lauren Bledsoe (Long Beach, Calif.), junior
outside hitter Kristy Jaeckel (Littleton, Colo.), junior
right-side/setter Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) and senior outside
hitter Callie Rivers (Winter Park, Fla.) each earned All-South Region
recognition. Murphy garners All-Region honors for the third consecutive
year, while Bledsoe, Jaeckel and Rivers all are named All-Region for the
first times in their careers.
Bledsoe was a 2010 All-Southeastern Conference First Team selection and has started in each of the team’s 30 matches this season. She ranks
second on the team and fifth in the SEC with 1.07 blocks per set. She
ranks 13th in the nation in hitting percentage with a sizzling .402
efficiency. She is fourth on the team with 1.97 kills per set and has
tallied double-figure kills on five occasions this season. Bledsoe has
posted four or more blocks in 17 contests in 2010.
Jaeckel was a 2010 All-SEC Second Team selection and has started each of the team’s 30 matches this season. She ranks third on the team in kills per set with 2.51 and is eighth in the SEC (all matches combined)
with 0.27 service aces per set. She has recorded double-figure kills in
12 matches this season, including four of the last six, and
double-figure digs on seven occasions. She has three double-doubles in
2010, including 18 kills and 12 digs vs. Florida State in the NCAA
Second Round, a match in which she had the final two kills in the
deciding fifth set.
Murphy, the 2010 SEC Player of the Year, earns All-South Region honors
for the third consecutive year, making her the first Gator to do so
since Angie McGinnis was All-South Region in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Murphy has started each of Florida’s 30 matches this season, splitting time at right-side and setter as part of a 6-2 offensive scheme. She is the
only player in the SEC to rank among the league’s top 10 in service
aces per set, hitting percentage and kills per set. She is the SEC’s
service ace leader with 0.38 aces per set. She ranks fourth in the SEC
with a .376 hitting efficiency and is ninth in the SEC with 3.07 kills
per set. Murphy has charted a nation-leading seven triple-doubles this
season and 23 double-doubles. In last Saturday’s win against Florida
State in the NCAA Second Round, Murphy became just the 17th player in
program history to reach 1,000 career kills.
Rivers was a 2010 All-SEC First Team Selection, starting each of the
team’s 30 matches at the outside hitter position. She ranks second on
the team with 2.52 kills per set and also is second on the team in digs
per set with 2.32. She ranks fifth in the SEC with 0.30 service aces per
set. Rivers has tallied double-figure kills in 10 contests this season,
including a career-high 21 at LSU on Nov. 21. She has seven or more
kills in 14 consecutive matches and also has contributed double-figure
digs on nine occasions. Rivers boasts three double-doubles this season.
No. 1 Florida returns to action on Friday when it faces 16th-seeded
Purdue in the NCAA Regional Semifinals. Opening serve at Gregory Gym in Austin, Texas, is slated for 6 p.m. ET.
2010 AVCA ALL-SOUTH REGION
Name School Pos. Cl.
Lauren Bledsoe Florida MB Sr.
Nikki Fowler Tennessee RS Sr.
Leah Hinkey Tennessee MB Sr.
Kristy Jaeckel Florida OH Jr.
Kayla Jeter Tennessee OH Jr.
Alex Kelly Lipscomb MB Sr.
Izabela Kozon Middle Tennessee State OH Sr.
Kelly Murphy Florida RS/S Jr.
Stacy Oladinni Middle Tennessee State MB Jr.
Stefine Pease Lipscomb S Sr.
Lauren Rapp Kentucky RS Sr.
Callie Rivers Florida OH Sr.
Melanie Stutsman Western Kentucky S Fr.
Regina Thomas Ole Miss MB Jr.
Region Freshman of the Year: Melanie Stutsman, Western Kentucky
Honorable Mention: Kayla Albritton (Belmont), Cole Dawley (College of
Charleston), Tiffany Elmore (Western Kentucky), Brittney Johnson (LSU),
Miranda Kitts (Ole Miss), Michelle Williams (LSU).