Three Hurricanes Honored by AVCA
Dec. 6, 2011
Lexington, Ky. – Three University of Miami volleyball players have been named to the AVCA All-East Region Team announced Tuesday afternoon from the home office in Lexington, Ky. Ali Becker (Katy, Texas), Lane Carico (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Katie Gallagher (Winter Park, Fla.) were all selected to the All-East Region Team representing a total of 14 players on the team from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
Becker, a senior middle blocker, is making her first appearance to the All-East Region Team after being selected to the All-ACC Team last month for the first time. Becker finished the regular season ranked in the Top 15 nationally for hitting percentage and led the Hurricanes for almost the entire season, ending the campaign with a .391 clip. She tallied 325 kills (2.90 k/s) with a team second-best 98 blocks (0.88 b/s). She also managed 60 digs while finishing second on the team in points (382.5).
Carico, also a senior, is making her school-record fourth appearance on the All-East Region Team, recognized to the team since her freshman season in 2008. She was also the East Region Freshman of the Year in 2008. She is the UMiami all-time leader in kills (1,749) and points (1,973.5), as well as finishing her career second in digs (1,715) from her outside hitter position. She was a three-time member of the All-ACC Team, 2011 ACC Player of the Year and 2008 ACC Freshman of the Year. In 2011, Carico led the Canes in kills (403) and service aces (30), finishing second in digs (443) and leading the team in points (453).
Among all players selected to the eight All-Region Teams, Carico is one of just two to have been selected to the all-region team all four years of their career. Kelly Murphy of Florida represents the only other player to have achieved the honor.
The third Hurricanes player named to the All-East Region Team is senior setter Katie Gallagher. For the school’s all-time leader in assists – finishing her career with 5,173 – this is her second consecutive appearance to the team, also present a season ago. Gallagher led the ACC in assists throughout the regular season with 1,218 (11.28 a/s) and was fourth on the squad in digs (291). She also finished third on the team in service aces (23) ending her career third in school history with 127. Gallagher leaves the UMiami program having played in more matches (131) and sets (477) than any other player in program history.
In 2011, the three seniors helped the Canes to their first NCAA Tournament win since 2002, defeating Northern Illinois in the Ames [Iowa] bracket of the Minneapolis [Minn.] Region, as well as helping UMiami into the Top 25 rankings of the regular season poll for the AVCA in nine of the 13 weekly polls. They also finished as the first group of senior players to compete in three consecutive NCAA Tournaments in school history.
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