Three Pirates Named AVCA All-Region; Condon Coach of the Year
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Three Armstrong Atlantic State University volleyball players were named to the AVCA All-Southeast Region team, released Tuesday, while head coach Will Condon earned Southeast Region Coach of the Year honors for the first time.
Senior rightside hitter Brendyce Budd, junior middle hitter Brittany Wolf and sophomore outside hitter Jessica Santaniello all earn All-Region honors from the AVCA for the first time in their careers. Armstrong places three players on the AVCA All-Region squad for the first time since 2002.
In his fourth season at Armstrong Atlantic State, Condon set both school and conference records by coaching the team to wins in their first 31 matches. The team also reached a school-high ranking of No. 15 in the AVCA Coaches Top-25 this season, and beat nationally ranked teams for the first time since 2002. Under Condon, the Pirates have reached the Division II NCAA Tournament in each of his four seasons as head coach. Armstrong also captured their fourth share of the Peach Belt Conference title in school history, their first share since the 2008 season.
Budd adds AVCA All-Region honors to her earlier Daktronics All-Region accolades earned last week. The Page, Ariz., native ranks 10th all-time in Armstrong history in kills (937) and ranked in the top 10 in the Peach Belt Conference in kills (370) and hitting percentage (.233) this season.
Wolf, the PBC's Player of the Year, also adds AVCA All-Region honors to her previous Daktronics All-Region honor. The Bethlehem, Ga., native led the Peach Belt Conference and ranks sixth in NCAA Division II in hitting percentage (.406) while also ranking second in the PBC in blocking (1.04 blocks/set).
Santaniello is an AVCA All-Region honoree after earning second-team Daktronics honors this season. The Boca Raton, Fla., native led the Pirates in digs (451) and ranked third in kills (366) while also earning All-PBC honors for a second straight year.
Each player is eligible for AVCA All-American honors, which will be released next week prior to the Elite Eight in Bernardino, Calif.
Armstrong finished the 2011 season with a program-best 36-3 overall record and captured the Peach Belt Conference regular season title.