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McCarty Named Hon. Mention AVCA All-American

December 22, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Chelaine McCarty, Liberty's second AVCA Division I Honorable Mention All-American, poses with Liberty Senior Women's Administrator Meredith Eaker, after earning all-tournament team honors at the Liberty Invitational presented by Pepsi.

Chelaine McCarty, Liberty's second AVCA Division I Honorable Mention All-American, poses with Liberty Senior Women's Administrator Meredith Eaker, after earning all-tournament team honors at the Liberty Invitational presented by Pepsi.

The postseason awards keep piling up for Liberty senior middle blocker Chelaine McCarty. Her latest, and most prestigious, honor is distinction as a 2009 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I Honorable Mention All-American.

McCarty (Houston, Ala.), one of only 34 middle blockers in the nation included on one of this year's All-America teams, is the second AVCA Division I Honorable Mention All-American in program history. Teammate and classmate Kallie Corbin (S, Beaverton, Ore.) became Liberty's first Division I volleyball All-American in 2008.

The Alabama native captured numerous awards during her senior season, including honorable mention AVCA All-East Region honors. McCarty was also a first-team VaSID All-State selection as well as a first-team All-Big South performer. She was the only conference player to capture a trio of Big South Player of the Week certificates this season and was tabbed a CVU.com Top Performer on Sept. 29.

McCarty also made the all-tournament teams at the Liberty Invitational presented by Pepsi and Wake Forest's Black & Gold Challenge, bringing her career total to six all-tournament team selections. An environmental sciences major, McCarty earned her second consecutive Big South All-Academic team nod.

Statistically, McCarty broke her own Liberty rally-scoring record by hitting .356 for the season, ranking No. 2 in the Big South. Her attack percentage rose to a conference-high .385 in Big South matches. McCarty also led the Lady Flames with 32 aces, tied for the team lead with 92 blocks and ranked second on the squad with 348 kills. Her 0.77 blocks per set was the seventh-highest figure in the Big South.

McCarty's efforts helped Liberty finish the year at 20-14, marking the Lady Flames' third consecutive 20-win campaign. Liberty went 72-32 during the middle blocker's three seasons on the roster, including a 44-8 record versus Big South opponents. The Lady Flames also earned a share of their third straight Big South regular-season title in 2009 and advanced to the Big South Championship title match for the third year in a row.