Dec. 10, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Three members of the 16th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team captured AVCA All-Region honors as they were announced on Tuesday by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Seniors Ashley Neff and Elise Walch along with sophomore Nicole Walch were named to the All-Region Team for the East Region. It was the third honor for Neff while the Walch’s earned their first career nods to the team.
“I'm very proud of the girls that made All-Region,” head coach Chris Poole said. “This was a year that we have had a total team effort. Ashley, Elise and Nicole have been very consistent throughout the season and have been go-to players for us in most of our games. The girls all realize the role that they have on this team and our team chemistry is very good right now. I expect each player to step up and play their best this weekend and it will take a total team effort to win the regional.”
Voted on by the Region’s coaches, Neff earned the honor after posting 168 blocks on the year, while averaging 1.39 per set. In addition, Neff holds an average of 1.83 kills per set while hitting .367 percent. Neff’s blocking numbers top the ACC, where she is looking to become the first player in conference history to lead in the category for three seasons.
Nicole Walch has led the Seminole attack with a total of 431 kills, averaging 3.56 per set. Walch has tallied six 20-plus kill matches this year, as she is coming off her most recent, 22 kill performance in the upset over No. 6 Florida in the NCAA Tournament.
In addition to her attack, Nicole Walch has played solid defense, accounting for 4.31 digs per set.
Elise Walch is a crucial right side hitter, as she ranks second on the team in kills with 323, averaging 2.83 per set. She plays an instrumental part in blocking, amassing 71 blocks on the year.
The Seminoles will continue their season against Wisconsin in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday at 4 p.m. (CT). The match will be played at the University of Illinois in the Champaign Regional.
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2013 AVCA Division I All-Region Teams and Region Coaches of the Year
Freshman of the Year: Abbey Bessler, Xavier, OH
Coach of the Year: Barry Goldberg, American