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Vess Named to Big South Volleyball All-Tournament Team

November 19, 2017  Radford, Va.  RSS
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Gabrielle Vess was named to the Big South Volleyball Championship All-Tournament team.

Gabrielle Vess was named to the Big South Volleyball Championship All-Tournament team.

Liberty senior outside hitter Gabrielle Vess has been named to the Big South Volleyball Championship All-Tournament team, for her efforts at the conference tournament this weekend at Radford's Dedmon Center.

A native of Fredericksburg, Va., Vess led the Lady Flames with 4.00 kills per set, hitting .276 while adding 3.17 digs per set during Liberty's two matches at the Big South Volleyball Championship. Vess scored a match-high 13 kills at a .500 pace during Liberty's 3-0 sweep of UNC Asheville in Friday's quarterfinal. She also collected nine digs against UNC Asheville. In Saturday's semifinal loss to No. 1 seed High Point, Vess sent down a team-high 11 kills and corralled 10 digs, good for her team-leading 12th double-double of the season.

Vess is the 26th player in program history to be named to the Big South All-Tournament team. The Lady Flames have collected 38 all-tournament team awards all-time, including a conference-record nine Big South Tournament MVP honors.

The Lady Flames (12-19) entered the tournament as the No. 5 seed and turned in their best offensive output of the season in a 3-0 sweep of UNC Asheville on Friday. Liberty hit a season-high .457 against UNC Asheville, the highest hitting percentage for the Lady Flames in any conference tournament match in program history. In Saturday's semifinal, the Lady Flames fell in straight sets to defending champion, No. 1 seed High Point.

Tournament champion Radford received three players on the All-Tournament team, led by Tournament MVP Maddie Palmer, who was earlier named Big South Player of the Year for the second year in a row. Two players from runner-up High Point made it on the team, while semifinalists Liberty and Winthrop both received one selection.

2017 Big South Volleyball Championship
All-Tournament Team

Maddie Palmer, OH, Sr., Radford (Tournament MVP)
Valerie Gonzalez, RS, Jr., Radford
Haley Kleespies, S, Jr., Radford
Carly Jimenez, S, Sr., High Point
Jenna Smith, S, So., High Point
Gabrielle Vess, OH, Sr., Liberty
Siani Yamaguchi, S, So., Winthrop