Saint Leo Junior Earns Region Spot
SAINT LEO, Fla. – Finally earning some recognition after three stellar years in the Green and Gold, Saint Leo junior middle blocker Danielle Bletso was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-South Region team as an Honorable Mention member.
Back on the regional scene after finally getting conference recognition despite an impressive three-year career, Bletso dropped down 223 kills in 29 matches, ranking third on the team. Posting a .312 attack percentage, the junior averaged 2.12 kills per set as her 57 errors were the lowest of any of the hitters on the team.
Although she posted great offensive numbers as the only Lions to play in all 105 sets, the Boardman, Ohio native will be better-known for her defensive play in 2010 behind a team-leading 94 total blocks. Bletso assisted on 71 stuffs while posting 23 solo blocks. Her stats had her holding a 0.90 blocking average against opponents this season.
Not necessarily a banner season for the Saint Leo volleyball team, the Lions still managed to post their fifth-straight winning season as they finished 15-14 overall and also posted a 9-7 record in the Sunshine State Conference. Able to compete on the national stage, the Lions opened their season by competing in the Colorado Premier Challenge, widely considered to be one of the nation's premier volleyball tournaments.
This marks Bletso's first regional honor since being named Freshman of the Year in 2008.
AVCA All-South Region
Ariadne Alcantara, Barry University, RS/Opp., Sr.
Kaleigh Cunningham, University of Tampa, OH, Sr.
Julie Howlett, University of Tampa, DS/Lib., Jr.
Lauren Huber, Florida Southern College, MB, Jr.
Sam Macks, University of Tampa, MB, Sr.
Sarah Mendoza, Rollins College, OH, Sr.
Lacy Redwine, Lynn University, DS/Lib., Sr.
Sarah Roberts, University of North Alabama, MB, Sr.
Danielle Selkridge, University of Tampa, MB, So.
Meghan Sherman, University of Tampa, S, Sr.
Julia Teixeira, Barry University, OH, Sr.
Melissa Vanderhall, University of Tampa, OH, Sr.
Sarah Von Lienen, Arkansas Tech University, MB, Sr.
Devon Wollard, Lynn University, S, Sr.
Region Freshman of the Year: Megan Hodges, Rollins, OH
Honorable Mention: Danielle Bletso (Saint Leo, MB, Jr.), Lauren Greenhill (North Alabama, DS/Lib., Jr.), Megan Hodges (Rollins, OH, Fr.), Natalie Marsh (North Alabama, OH, Jr.), Ashley Martin (Florida Southern, RS/Opp., Sr.), Haley Pratt (Lynn, MB, Sr.)