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Junior middle blocker Lizzy BrionesCourtesy: Photography/JMU Athletics Communications
Volleyball’s Briones Named VaSID First Team All-State
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:12/23/2013
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HARRISONBURG, Va., Dec. 23, 2013 – James Madison volleyball junior middle blocker Lizzy Briones (Siloam Springs, Ark./Siloam Springs) added Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) First Team All-State honors to her list of postseason recognitions as announced by the organization Monday.

Briones, who was also named American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Region Honorable Mention as well as First Team All-Colonial Athletic Association, finished the season with 308 kills on .285 hitting. She added 154 blocks, 89 digs, 16 service aces and 10 assists. She was the only player in the CAA with more than 300 kills and 100 blocks, helping her earn First Team All-CAA honors for the first time in her career.

Briones’ 154 blocks is the second-highest single-season total in school history and her 133 blocks assists and 1.387 blocks per set rank second in program history for a season. Those totals helped the middle blocker climb up JMU’s career lists, ranking fifth in school history in block assists (297), ninth in total blocks (345) and second in block average (1.06/set).

In 2013, Briones had 10 or more blocks five times, including a career-best 11 in back-to-back matches against Northeastern and Hofstra. She also set a career high with 24 kills in JMU’s opening match of the season against Montana.

The junior from Siloam Springs, Ark., is the third JMU player to be named First Team All-State since Head Coach Lauren Steinbrecher took over the team. She joins outside hitters Natalie Abel (2008-12) and Danielle Erb (2009-12) as players who have collected the honor. Abel was First team in 2011 while also being named the State Player of the Year and Erb garnered the award in 2012.

The Dukes went 13-15 on the season with an 8-6 mark in the CAA. They finished tied for third in the conference and earned the fourth-seed in the CAA tournament.

Hampton’s Vendula Strakova was voted the VaSID State Player of the Year while Virginia’s Jasmine Burton collected Rookie of the Year accolades. Radford’s Marci Jenkins was named the State Coach of the Year.

Joining Briones and Strakova on the All-State First Team were Radford Emma Deininger and Rachel Wiechecki, Virginia’s Lauren Fuller, Virginia Tech’s Victoria Hamsher and VCU’s Romana Kriskova.

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