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JMU Volleyball Collects Five All-CAA Honors
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:11/19/2010
Courtesy: JMUSports.com

NEWARK, Del., Nov. 19, 2010 - Head coach Lauren Steinbrecher was named the Colonial Athletic Association co-Coach of the Year and senior Lindsay Callahan (Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown) was a First Team All-CAA selection to highlight five honors collected by the James Madison volleyball team as the CAA handed out awards prior to its annual volleyball awards banquet on the eve of the conference championships Friday evening.

The five honors ties for the second most in school history, trailing only the 2006, 2002 and 1999 teams that had six apiece.  Delaware led all teams with eight honorees, including the conference's Setter, Defensive Specialist and co-Coach of the Year.

Joining Callahan and Steinbrecher with conference selections were sophomores Danielle Erb (Tampa, Fla./Plant) and Natalie Abel (Washington, Pa./Plant), as well as freshman Katie Daorai (Tampa, Fla./Plant).  Erb was a Second Team All-CAA honoree while Abel made the Third Team.  Daorai was named to the All-Rookie team.

In her first season at the helm, Steinbrecher led JMU to its best record in a decade and their first CAA Championship berth since 2007.  The Dukes went 10-4 in CAA play to receive the two-seed, its highest seed since finishing second in 2006.  JMU went 13-1 at home this season to tie for the second best record at home in school history while finishing first in the conference in kills per set (13.13) and assists per set (12.08).  She is the fourth coach in school history to be named Coach of the Year, joining Disa Garner (2006, 2002), Chris Beerman (1999) and Mary Harrington (1991).

Callahan earned her first selection on the First Team after being named an All-Rookie choice in 2007.  The outsider hitter finished second on the team and sixth in the league with 3.16 kills per set.  Her 3.79 points per set were good for fourth in the league while she also finished tied for ninth with 0.30 service aces per set.  Callahan added 231 digs, 64 blocks and 24 assists this season.  She is the first JMU player to be named to the First Team since Allyson Halls (2004-07) in 2007.

Erb picked up her third All-CAA honor after receiving Third Team and All-Rookie selections last season.  She finished second in the CAA in kills per set (3.34) and points per set (3.93), and third in service aces per set (0.39).  The Tampa, Fla. native ranks 36th in the country in service aces, 138th in points and 157th in kills.  She also added 285 digs, 38 blocks and a team-best 14 double-doubles.

Abel received her first conference honor after finishing with 225 kills and 296 digs.  The redshirt sophomore hit .181 on this season and contributed 14 service aces and 29 blocks.

Daorai took over as the team's libero at the start of conference play and finished with a team-best 3.35 digs per set.  She is the seventh player in the last seven seasons to receive All-Rookie honors for the Dukes.

Northeastern's Britney Brown earned CAA Player of the Year while her teammate Janelle Tucker received co-Rookie of the Year honors.  Tucker shared the rookie award with George Mason's Lana Zonjic.  Delaware's Jess Chason, Greta Gibboney and Bonnie Kenney are the Setter, Defensive Specialist and co-Coach of the Year respectively.

The CAA Championship gets under way on Saturday at 5 p.m. as second-seeded JMU takes on third-seed Northeastern.  Top-seeded Delaware will face fourth-seeded Virginia Commonwealth at 7:30 p.m. with the winners meeting at 5 p.m. on Sunday for the CAA Championship.


2010 CAA Player of the Year: Britney Brown, Northeastern
2010 CAA Setter of the Year: Jess Chason, Delaware
2010 CAA Defensive Specialist of the Year: Greta Gibboney, Delaware
2010 CAA co-Rookies of the Year: Janelle Tucker, Northeastern and Lana Zonjic, George Mason
2010 CAA co-Coaches of the Year: Bonnie Kenny, Delaware and Lauren Steinbrecher, James Madison

Player, School, Cl., Pos., Hometown/High School
First Team
Britney Brown, Northeastern, Sr., S/OH, Edwards, Colo./Battle Mountain
Lindsay Callahan, James Madison, Sr., RS/OH, Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown
Jess Chason, Delaware, Sr., S, Harrisburg, N.C./Cabarrus
Katie Dennehy, Delaware, Sr., RS/OH, Charlotte, N.C./Providence
Greta Gibboney, Delaware, Sr., L, Huntingdon, Pa./Huntingdon Area
Vineece Verdun, Georgia State, R-Jr., MH, Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Andover

Second Team
Ginny Bray, William & Mary, Sr., MB, Cary, N.C./Athens Drive
Kelsie Clegg, VCU, Sr., MB, Boise, Idaho/Boise Senior
Danielle Erb, James Madison, So., OH, Tampa, Fla./Plant
Noelle Fanella, George Mason, Jr., OH, Bloomingdale, Ill./Lake Park
Mariel Frey, VCU, Sr., OH, Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township
Jessica LaScola, Northeastern, Sr., L/DS, San Diego, Calif./Coast

Third Team
Natalie Abel, James Madison, R-So., OH, Washington, Pa./Trinity
Alissa Alker, Delaware, So., OH, San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch
Paige Erickson, Delaware, Sr., MH, Tulsa, Okla./Jenks
Holly Goode, George Mason, Sr., OH, Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville
Ashley Jones, Georgia State, S, OH/RS, San Diego, Calif./Brookville
Janelle Tucker, Northeastern, Fr., OH, Encino, Calif./Campbell Hall

Celine Alasomuka, William & Mary, Fr., L, Centreville, Va./Centreville
Ciara Brown, VCU, Fr., S, Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot
Katy Buck, Towson, Fr., OH, Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales
Katie Daorai, James Madison, Fr., DS/L, Tampa, Fla./Plant
Janelle Tucker, Northeastern, Fr., OH, Encino, Calif./Campbell Hall
Lana Zonjic, George Mason, Fr., OH, Zagreb, Croatia/Os Precko

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