HARRISONBURG, Va., Jan. 30, 2013 – James Madison senior volleyball players Danielle Erb (Tampa, Fla./Plant) and Natalie Abel (Washington, Pa./Trinity) were each named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) All-State team Wednesday. Erb earned VaSID First Team All-State while Abel was named to the Second Team.
Erb was named to the All-State team for the second time in her career after collecting Second Team honors in 2010. She finished either first or second on the team in kills, kills per set, aces, digs, digs per set, blocks and points. She led the Dukes in kills with 361 and was second in digs with 334. She became only the fourth player in school history to surpass 1,000 in both categories in her career, finishing fourth all-time in kills (1,330) and sixth in digs (1,149).
In 2012 Erb was voted Second Team All-CAA, becoming just the second player in school history to be named All-CAA four times. She was named to the CAA All-Tournament team after leading JMU to an upset of third-seeded Northeastern with a career-high 26 kills.
Abel adds Second Team All-State accolades to her Third Team All-CAA honor from 2012. She was the 2011 VaSID State Player of the Year and a First Team All-State selection. She finished her senior season with 254 kills and 179 digs in 23 matches played. She joined Erb in surpassing the 1,000 career digs mark, finishing the season with 1,161 to rank fifth all-time.
Liberty’s Caroline Douglas was voted both the Player and Rookie of the Year while Liberty Head Coach Shane Pinder received Coach of the Year accolades. Joining Erb and Douglas on the All-State First Team were Liberty’s Loren Thomas and Jade Craycraft, Norfolk State’s Charlotte Armstead and Virginia Tech’s Cara Baarendse.
VaSID Player of the
VaSID Rookie of the Year: Caroline Douglas, Liberty
VaSID Coach of the Year: Shane Pinder, Liberty
VaSID First Team
Charlotte Armstead, Norfolk State
Cara Baarendse, Virginia Tech
Jade Craycraft, Liberty
Caroline Douglas, Liberty
Danielle Erb, James Madison
Loren Thomas, Liberty
VaSID Second Team
Natalie Abel, James Madison
Kathryn Caine, Virginia Tech
Victoria Hamsher, Virginia Tech
Dessi Koleva, William & Mary
Emily Rottman, Virginia
Vendula Strakova, Hampton
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