Caroline Dupont, Jackie Nelligan Lead Five All-UAA Selections for WUSTL Volleyball
St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 12, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis volleyball team had five student-athletes selected to the 2013 University Athletic Association (UAA) All-Association Volleyball Team, as announced Tuesday by the Association.
Freshman middle hitter Caroline Dupont and sophomore middle hitter Jackie Nelligan each received first-team all-UAA recognition to highlight the Bears’ five honorees. Dupont was also named the co-Rookie of the Year along with Emory University’s Jessica Holler. Dupont is the third player from Washington U. to receive UAA Rookie of the Year honors since the award’s inception in 2000, joining Emilie Walk (2004) and Meghan Byrne (2010).
Senior outside hitter Meghan Byrne received all-UAA second team honors for the third year in a row after earning first-team honors in 2010. She is the seventh player in Washington University history to earn all-UAA honors in each of her four seasons. Freshman outside hitter Alex Sheredy and sophomore setter Cassie Wang were both named to the all-UAA honorable mention.
Dupont leads Washington U. and ranks second in the UAA and 38th in NCAA Division III with a .352 hitting percentage in her first collegiate season. She is also second on the team with 349 kills and 101 blocks, and has hit .500 or better in 10 matches this season. Her 0.86 blocks per set (third) and 2.96 kills per set (seventh) also rank in the top-10 in the UAA. Dupont was named the UAA Athlete of the Week four times during the season, and was selected as the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III National Player of the Week Sept. 10.
Nelligan ranks second in the UAA with 0.90 blocks per set and is tied for fifth with a .324 hitting percentage this season. She ranks third on the team with 275 kills and has a team-best 103 blocks. Nelligan recorded the first double-double of her career with 15 kills and a career-high 11 blocks in the Bears’ five-set win at then-No. 18 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Oct. 11. She has recorded double-digit kills in 11 matches in 2013. Nelligan has been selected to three all-tournament teams this season, and was named the UAA Athlete of the Week Sept. 30.
Byrne became the 23rd player in school history to surpass 1,000 career kills by tallying a career-high 22 in the season opener against Webster University Aug. 31. She currently ranks 12th on Washington University’s career kills list (1,258) and is eighth on the Bears’ career attacks list (3,228). Byrne leads the Bears with 45 service aces this season, and ranks third in the UAA with 0.41 aces per set. She is also third on the team with 2.46 kills per set. Byrne has recorded two double-doubles this season and was named the UAA Athlete of the Week Sept. 3.
Sheredy leads the team and ranks sixth in the UAA with 2.97 kills per set, while ranking second on the team with 2.66 digs per set. She has totaled double-digit kills in 20 matches this season, while posting double-doubles of kills and digs in 12 matches. Sheredy has started all 33 matches for the Bears, and is nine attacks shy of entering Washington U.’s all-time single-season top-10 list with 1,026 attacks entering the NCAA Tournament.
Wang, who plays only in the back row of Washington U.’s two-setter offense, ranks ninth in the UAA averaging 6.06 assists per set. She leads the Bears with 733 assists this season, and ranks third on the team with 265 digs (2.19 per set). Wang, who is one of four players to have played in all 33 matches this season, has posted double-doubles of assists and digs in 10 matches. She was named the UAA Athlete of the Week twice, and was also selected to the WU/ASICS National Invitational all-tournament team.
Washington University finished the regular-season with a 26-7 overall record and a 6-1 mark in the UAA. The Bears placed fourth at the conference tournament, and begin the 2013 NCAA Division III Volleyball Championship by taking on Wisconsin-Whitewater at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Elmhurst, Illinois Regional.