November 27, 2012

Vierk Earns All-SSC Newcomer and Honorable Mention Team Accolades

WINTER PARK, Fla. – In her only season in the Green & Gold, senior middle blocker Sami Vierk earned a spot on the All-Newcomer and Honorable Mention All-Sunshine State Conference Teams as it was announced by Commissioner Jay Jones on Tuesday.

Vierk transferred to Saint Leo prior to this season and spent her final year making an impact for the Lions.  Hailing from West Lafayette, Indiana, Vierk played in 100 games and ranked second on the team in hitting percentage with a .276 average. 

During her senior year she racked up 290 kills, giving her 1,001 in her four year college career.  In earning All-Conference honors, she also has managed 20 service aces this season to go along with her career-high 88 total blocks, giving her a career total of 243 blocks.

Vierk was one of 24 student-athletes that earned recognition on the 2012 All-Sunshine State Conference Volleyball Team. Tampa's Danielle Selkridge was selected Player of the Year, while her coach, Chris Catanach, was named Coach of the Year. Florida Southern's Kayshia Brady was named Freshman and Newcomer of the Year.

Named All-SSC First Team along with Selkridge were: OH Lindsay Biggs (Eckerd), MB Camille Indest (Rollins), L Angie Lassman (Florida Tech), OH Ali McAlvany (Eckerd), OH Holly Reschke (Tampa), and S Ali Skayhan (Florida Southern).

Earning All-SSC Second Team recognition were: MH Meagan Burke (Tampa), MB Brianna Cox (Lynn), OH Megan Hodges (Rollins), L Kaleigh Humphrey (Eckerd), S Kahley Patrick (Tampa), OH Anne Pietkiewicz (Florida Southern), and OH Kate Stromberg (Florida Southern).

In addition to Vierk, two other student-athletes received honorable mention. They were: S Mima Hajdukovic (Barry) and OH Jessica Yingling (Tampa).

Named to the All-Newcomer squad with Vierk and Brady were OH Ashley Carrero (Barry), MB/RS Laine Cielena (Barry), OH Sydney Cook (Nova Southeastern), S April Jackson (Rollins) and S Emily Schadow (Eckerd).

Voting for the All-SSC Volleyball Team was conducted among the league's head volleyball coaches.

2012 ALL-SUNSHINE STATE CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL TEAM

FIRST TEAM
Lindsay Biggs, Eckerd (Jr, OH)
Camille Indest, Rollins (Jr, MB)
Angie Lassman, Florida Tech (Jr, L)
Ali McAlvany, Eckerd (So, OH)
Holly Reschke, Tampa (Jr, OH)
Danielle Selkridge, Tampa (Sr, MH)
Ali Skayhan, Florida Southern (Jr, S)

Player of the Year - Danielle Selkridge, Tampa
Freshman of the Year - Kayshia Brady, Florida Southern
Newcomer of the Year - Kayshia Brady, Florida Southern
Coach of the Year - Chris Catanach, Tampa

SECOND TEAM
Meagan Burke, Tampa (So, MH)
Brianna Cox, Lynn (Sr, MB)
Megan Hodges, Rollins (Jr, OH)
Kaleigh Humphrey, Eckerd (Jr, L)
Kahley Patrick, Tampa (So, S)
Anne Pietkiewicz, Florida Southern (Sr, OH)
Kate Stromberg, Florida Southern (So, OH)

HONORABLE MENTION
Mima Hajdukovic, Barry (Sr, S)
Sami Vierk, Saint Leo (Sr, MB)
Jessica Yingling, Tampa (Sr, OH)

ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM
Kayshia Brady, Florida Southern (Fr, MB)
Ashley Carrero, Barry (Jr, OH)
Laine Cielena, Barry (Fr, MB/RS)
Sydney Cook, Nova Southeastern (Fr, OH)
April Jackson, Rollins (Fr, S)
Emily Schadow, Eckerd (Fr, S)
Sami Vierk, Saint Leo (Sr, MB)