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Weidner Named VaSID State Rookie of the Year; Douglas Voted to 1st Team
The Liberty volleyball team received two additional postseason awards on Friday. Redshirt junior outside hitter Caroline Douglas was named to the VaSID University Division Volleyball All-State first team and freshman right-side attacker Hannah Weidner was named VaSID University Division Volleyball Rookie of the Year.
Voting for the team is conducted by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID). The all-state team honors the best Division I volleyball players in the Commonwealth of Virginia. A total of seven schools were represented on the all-state team.
Douglas earns her second career all-state mention, as she was named the Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year by VaSID as a redshirt freshman in 2012. Weidner is the third Lady Flame all-time to be voted VaSID Rookie of the Year, joining Kallie Corbin (2006) and Douglas (2012). The Lady Flames have been recognized on the All-State team in each of the last nine seasons.
Douglas, a native of Greenville, N.C., excelled on the attack, pacing the Big South in kills per set both overall (4.22) and in conference play (4.36), while hitting .266 for the season. She posted 24 double-digit kill matches, including 10 20-kill contests. Douglas recorded 20 kills in five straight matches, including the first three Big South contests of the year. She scored a career-high 29 kills against Central Connecticut and added 27 in a win over Virginia. Douglas scored her 1,000th career kill on Oct. 18 at Coastal Carolina and finished second on the team with 10 double-doubles.
Weidner, from Shorewood, Minn., made an immediate impact for the Lady Flames as a right-side hitter, ranking second on the team with 3.33 kills per set and a .275 attack percentage. She recorded a team-best 25 double-digit kill matches, including a program-record-tying 19 10+-kill contests in a row during the season. Weidner scored a season-high 20 kills at Coastal Carolina, reaching double figures in kills for the 24th time in 25 career matches to that point of her freshman campaign. She also posted five five-block matches.
Vendula Strakova of MEAC champion Hampton, the nation's leader in kills, was named VaSID University Division State Volleyball Player of the Year for the second year in row. Radford's Marci Jenkins also repeated as Coach of the Year after guiding Radford to the Big South regular-season title.
2014 VaSID University Division All-State Volleyball Team
Player of the Year - Vendula Strakova, Hampton
Rookie of the Year - Hannah Weidner, Liberty
Coach of the Year - Marcie Jenkins, Radford
All-State First Team
Caroline Douglas, Liberty
Lauren Fuller, Virginia
Lindsey Owens, Virginia Tech
Vendula Strakova, Hampton
Janelle Sykes, VCU
Rachel Wiechecki, Radford
All-State Second Team
Cecilia Aragao, VCU
Natalie Bausback, Virginia
Jasmine Burton, Virginia
Kathryn Caine, Virginia Tech
Janey Goodman, James Madison
Kitija Megne, Hampton