NEWARK, Del. -- Preparing for their NCAA Tournament first round matchup against American University this Friday, the University of Delaware volleyball duo of Chelsea Lawrence and Kim Stewart have been named to the COBRA Magazine All-Northeast Region Team, announced by the magazine in its December issue.

COBRA Magazine is the world’s first publication that celebrates and tells the stories of educated African American women who play volleyball. COBRA Magazine not only features the best college players, but the best players across the world.

Lawrence (above right) and Stewart (below right) were among 15 student-athletes named to the All-Northeast Region Team, not including six who were named honorable mention.

Northeastern’s Kelly Bacon was the only other Colonial Athletic Association member on the All-Northeast Region team. Also representing the CAA on other squads were Virginia Commonwealth’s Jasmine Waters and Kristin Boyd, along with William & Mary’s Celine Alasomuke on the All-East Region team and Georgia State’s Vineece Verdun on the All-Southeast Region team.

Lawrence was a second team All-CAA performer this year in the middle for the Blue Hens. The junior averaged 2.17 kills a set while hitting a team high .267 on the season. She was also second on the team in blocks, averaging 0.99 blocks a set while getting her hand on a team high 100 block assists.

In conference matches, Lawrence produced when it counted most, finishing seventh in the league with a .313 attack percentage. She was also sixth in the CAA by averaging 1.10 blocks a game, including four solo and 50 block assists.

Stewart, a senior outside hitter and team captain, finished second on the team in digs (3.26 per set) and third in kills (2.51) and points (2.89) per game. She was named the CAA Tournament Most Outstanding Performer after putting down a team-high 32 kills while also contributing 34 digs, four blocks, four assists and two service aces in wins over James Madison and VCU.

Also a 2010 COBRA Magazine All-Northeast Region and All-National Honorable Mention member, Stewart is third all-time in UD program history with 4,226 attack attempts, and fourth all-time averaging 8.84 attempts per game. She is currently ninth all time in digs (1,416) and creeping up the all-time list in career kills (1,208) and aces (110).

Army’s Ariana Mankus was named the Northeast Region Player of the Year after guiding Army to the finals of the Patriot League Tournament. Mankus led the team in kills (3.69) and was second in digs (3.66) per set for the season.

Delaware (20-12) heads to University Park, Pa. for a NCAA Tournament first round battle against Patriot League champion American (23-10). The match, hosted by Penn State and held in Rec Hall, will begin on Friday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m.


COBRA Magazine All-Northeast Region Team: Laurie Gonzalez, Albany; Traci Vandergrift, Albany; Ariana Mankus, Army; Monique Roberts, Columbia; Chelsea Lawrence, Delaware; Kim Stewart, Delaware; Brianna Dixon, Fairfield; Randi Ewing, Fordham; Kami Nethersole, Hartford; Lauren Laquerre, New Hampshire; Kelly Bacon, Northeastern; Catrina Warren, Iona; Darlene Ramdn, St. John’s; Sheena Asibey, SUNY Cortland; Dianis Mercado, Sacred Heart. Honorable Mention: Xiamora Ortiz, Binghamton; Brittany Daulton, Fordham; Sereeta Nethersole, Hartford; Sapphire Reid, Long Island; Jacqueline Skeen, Siena; Evann Slaughter, Stony Brook.

Northeast Region Player of the Year: Ariana Mankus, Army.