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Ariel Shonk earned third team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors for the second consecutive year.
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University of Delaware Sophomore Libero Ariel Shonk Named To All-CAA Volleyball Third Team

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 11/21/2013
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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- University of Delaware sophomore libero Ariel Shonk was named to the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Volleyball third team at the conference awards banquet Thursday night.

Shonk, a native of Atlanta, Ga. (Riverwood International Charter) earns third team All-CAA honors for the second consecutive year after leading the Blue Hens with 613 digs during her sophomore campaign. Shonk’s 5.52 digs per set average currently ranks second in the conference and 10th in Division I.

Her 613 digs this year are the 10th most in a Delaware single season, while her 5.52 digs average ranks third in a UD single year. Shonk reached double figure digs in all but two matches on the season, including a season-high 38 during the five-set win at William & Mary on Oct. 11 that put her over 1,000 for her career. She reached the 30-digs mark eight times on the year, and also was third on the Blue Hens with 78 assists and fourth with 17 service aces.

Shonk has started all 58 matches through her first two seasons at Delaware, averaging 5.6 digs per set for her career, which would be a school record.

Darcy Dorton of the College of Charleston was named the CAA Player of the Year and was joined on the All-CAA first team by Kelly Bacon of Northeastern, Lizzy Briones of James Madison, Christi Laite of UNCW, Sloane White of the College of Charleston, and Kelsie Wills of Hofstra. Kallie McKown of CofC was the Setter of the Year, Natalia Skiba of Northeastern was picked Defensive Specialist of the Year, Jamie Bredahl of Northeastern was tabbed Rookie of the Year, and Jason Kepner of CofC was the league’s Coach of the Year.

Colonial Athletic Association Volleyball First Team
OH - Kelly Bacon, Northeastern
MB - Lizzy Briones, James Madison
OH - Darcy Dorton, College of Charleston
RS - Christi Laite, UNCW
RS - Sloane White, College of Charleston
OH - Kelsie Wills, Hofstra

Second Team
OH - Jamie Bredahl, Northeastern
RS - Janey Goodman, James Madison
MB/RS - Cara Howley, College of Charleston
OH - Nicole Lott, UNCW
MH - Meredith Peacock, UNCW
L - Natalia Skiba, Northeastern

Third Team
OH - Saitaua Iosia, Towson
S - Ina Kamenova, Northeastern
MB - Kerstin Koehler, College of Charleston
OH - Dessi Koleva, William & Mary
MH - Nichole Kurz, Northeastern
OH - Melissa Morello, College of Charleston
L - Ariel Shonk, Delaware

All-Rookie Team
L - Sophia Black, Hofstra
OH - Jamie Bredahl, Northeastern
RS - Janey Goodman, James Madison
OH - Michelle Heath, William & Mary
OH - Nicole Lott, UNCW
OH - Kate Whitmire, James Madison

CAA Player of the Year: Darcy Dorton, College of Charleston
CAA Setter of the Year: Kallie McKown, College of Charleston
CAA Defensive Specialist of the Year: Natalia Skiba, Northeastern
CAA Rookie of the Year: Jamie Bredahl, Northeastern
CAA Coach of the Year: Jason Kepner, College of Charleston

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