Liberty volleyball signee Ansley Gebben (left) and Duke basketball signee Austin Rivers were named the Orlando Sentinel's 2010-11 Female and Male Athletes of the Year. (Photo courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel)
Liberty incoming freshman volleyball player Ansley Gebben continues to rack up a considerable amount of hardware. Recently, she was honored as the Orlando Sentinel's Female Athlete of the Year. The prestigious honor, which covers the greater Orlando area, was announced at last week's Varsity Awards Show. Austin Rivers, who has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Duke, was the Sentinel's Male Athlete of the Year. Gebben was a standout on the volleyball court and on the track during her four years at The First Academy. She helped her team win three consecutive Florida 2A state titles, aided by fellow Liberty volleyball signee Gabby Shipe and current Lady Flame Loren Thomas. On the track, Gebben captured four straight Florida 1A state championships in the 300-meter hurdles. She is only the second girls' track & field athlete from the Orlando area ever to win four state titles in a single event. Gebben also ranks No. 4 nationally among high school competitors with her 400-meter hurdles time of 59.90 seconds. Gebben was previously recognized as the Orange County Girls Volleyball Athlete of the Year at the Second Annual Bright House Sports Network Breakfast of Champions. At The First Academy's athletic banquet, Gebben was named the Royal Female Athlete of the Year, Most Outstanding Runner and Most Outstanding Volleyball Player. Gebben will join coach Shane Pinder and the Liberty volleyball team this fall, as the Lady Flames attempt to post their fifth straight 20-win season. Liberty will open the 2011 season on Aug. 26, with a match at Georgia.
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