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Two Mountaineers Named All-Conference PDF Print
Written by Ryan Bower   
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:05

Appalachian State volleyball placed two players on the Southern Conference’s all-conference team, as voted on by the league’s coaches and announced by the league office on Wednesday, Nov. 16.
Senior middle blocker Alison Blasingame received a nod for first team all-SoCon honors after leading

the Mountaineers in hitting percentage (.342), blocks (109) and block assists (104) while recording 236 kills on the season.
Blasingame currently ranks fifth in the Southern Conference and ranks 65th nationally in hitting percentage and is poised to finish in the top five in both single season and career-hitting percentage in ASU history.
Blasingame’s all-conference honors are the first of her career and make her the Apps first, first-team selection since Brittany Zahn earned the same honor in 2007.
Senor outside hitter Anna Wagner was named as a second team all-SoCon selection after leading the Apps in kills (371). She recorded a career-high 31 kills in an upset of NC State in the 2011 season opener and has recorded 25 or more kills in eight matches this season.
Wagner ranks fourth in the SoCon and 174th nationally in kills per set (3.31) and has posted 13 double-doubles this season while picking up 329 digs, the second-highest total on the team.
With the selections of Blasingame and Wagner to the all-conference team, Appalachian State has now had 29 different players selected to all-SoCon teams a total of 37 times, the most of any school in conference history.
SoCon South Division champion College of Charleston earned six all-conference selections while North Division champion Samford tallied four. Samford’s Elizabeth Neisler earned Player of the Year honors while UNCG’s Kelly Orewiler was named as the league’s Libero of the Year.
Western Carolina head coach Karen Glover earned SoCon Coach of the Year honors after leading the Catamounts to a tournament appearance in her first season, their first appearance since 2006.
Appalachian State faces Georgia Southern in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Southern Conference Volleyball Championships at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19.


2011 SoCon Volleyball All-Conference Team


First Team
Alison Blasingame, Appalachian State
Elyse Chubb, College of Charleston     
Sarah Havel, College of Charleston
Kelly Kirby, Furman                          
Kate Van Dyke, Georgia Southern          
Elizabeth Neisler, Samford                 
Lauren Hutchinson, Samford               


Second Team
Anna Wagner, Appalachian State   
Sloane White, College of Charleston              
Caroline Brown, Davidson                            
Natalie Braun, Furman                                    
Caroline Adams, Furman                                 
Bethany Sanford, Georgia Southern            
Katie Murphy, Samford                    


All-Freshman Team
Lizzie Theesfeld, College of Charleston       
Sloane White, College of Charleston           
Kris Harris, Elon                                         
Chanelle Smith, Elon                                  
Michaela Reesor, Samford                          
Caitlin Piechota, Western Carolina               
Jordan Timmermann, Western Carolina   


Player of the Year
Elizabeth Neisler, Samford


Rayna Matea Taylor Award (Freshman of the Year)
Sloane White, College of Charleston


Libero of the Year
Kellie Orewiler, UNCG


Coach of the Year
Karen Glover, Western Carolina             


Photo Courtesy: Anna Wagner (left), By Dave Mayo; Alison Blasingame (right) by Meghan Gay, ASU Athletics


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