Gallagher and Carico Tabbed to AVCA All-Region Team

Gallagher and Carico Tabbed to AVCA All-Region Team

Dec. 7, 2010

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Lexington, Ky. – University of Miami volleyball juniors Lane Carico and Katie Gallagher have each been named to the 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-East Region Team, announced Tues., Dec. 7, by the AVCA Office in Lexington, Ky.

For the second consecutive year, two Miami volleyball student-athletes are being tabbed All-East Region performers after helping the Hurricanes to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. Since the return of the `Canes volleyball program in 2001, this marks the third time under head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch that multiple UM student-athletes are being recognized as All-East Region honorees.

Lane Carico is earning her third consecutive All-East Region award, in addition to already being a three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) selection. A 5-11 outside hitter from Manhattan Beach, Calif., Carico finished the ACC regular season as the only player to register 400-plus kills and 400-plus digs. Her 471 kills (3.83 per set) currently ranks second in the league, while her team-leading 38 service aces (0.31 per set) places her third in the conference. She is also third in the league with 535.5 points.

From her hitter position on the court, she was second on the UM squad in digs with 454 (3.69 per set), while leading the ACC in double-doubles (25). She notched 16 kills and 14 digs while battling through illness in Miami’s NCAA Tournament match against the Hoosiers in Bloomington, Ind. on Fri., Dec. 3.

As for Katie Gallagher, her first All-East Region selection comes in the wake of her first NCAA Tournament appearance – sitting out the latter-half of the 2009 campaign with an injury, missing last season’s Gainesville [Fla.] Regional match. On the year, Gallagher amassed 1,211 assists (10.72 per set), placing her fourth in the ACC in that department.

Gallagher, a 5-11 setter from Winter Park, Fla., ranks second all-time at UM for career assists, now holding 3,955 under her belt. Gallagher ended the year hitting at a .325 clip with 110 kills, adding 15 service aces and 298 digs (2.64 per set). At the net, she finished tied for third on the squad in blocks (53). Averaging over 1,000 assists per season thus far in her career, she needs just 982 assists next year to pass Jill Robinson (2003-06) for first place on the UM charts.

As a league, the ACC headlined all other conferences with 13 players selected to the All-East Region Team. Additionally, all 13 All-East Region selections were named to the All-ACC team last week.

Among the AVCA’s eight regions, the ACC’s 13 selections tied with the Big Ten and Pacific-10 Conferences for the top mark in Division I. The BIG EAST had 10 selections, while the Big 12 and Southeastern Conferences, along with Conference USA, had nine picks each.

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