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Juniata WVB places four on AVCA All-Region team

(Posted November 11, 2010)

Complete list of AVCA Division III All-Region selections

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Four members of the Juniata College women's volleyball team were named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III All-Mid-Atlantic Region team, which was announced Thursday.

Senior setter Steph Strauss (Penn Hills, Pa./Penn Hills) earned All-Region honors for the third time in her career, while senior middle Kristin Noetzel (Closter, N.J./Northern Valley Regional), junior libero Libby Morrison (Portland, Ore./Oregon Episcopal School), and sophomore opposite Kelsey Fuller (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion) were all first time All-Region selections.

Strauss has tallied 895 assists, 9.84 per set, through 91 sets played, and has added 168 kills (1.85/set). She has also logged 178 digs (1.96/set) with 31 blocks this season. Noetzel has been Juniata's blocks leader with 84 (0.85/set), while recording 250 kills, an average of 2.53 per set. Her .380 hitting percentage is best among Juniata's starting hitters this season. Fuller has amassed 237 kills this season, or 2.44 per set, with 26 service aces and 247 digs (2.55/set). She has also had a hand in 33 blocks this season.

Morrison, who earned Landmark Conference Co-Player of the Year and Landmark Conference Specialist of the Year honors earlier this week, has tallied 599 digs this season, an average of 5.08 per set, while serving up a team high 60 aces this season.

All four Juniata selections to the AVCA's All-Mid-Atlantic Region team become candidates for the AVCA All-America team, which will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 16.

Juniata (30-5) earned its 30th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship by capturing the 2010 Landmark Conference title on Saturday, Nov. 6, with a 3-0 win over Susquehanna University. The Eagles are the only team to appear in every NCAA Division III women's volleyball tournament. Juniata will face Cabrini College (23-7) on Friday, Nov. 12, at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional hosted by Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Md.

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