Volleyball's Greta Gibboney Named to AVCA East All-Region Team
December 7, 2010
Photo Courtesy of Christopher Shannon
LEXINGTON, Ky. - - The postseason awards are continuing to pile up for University of Delaware volleyball senior Greta Gibboney, as she was named to the 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) East All-Region Team for NCAA Division I, announced by the organization on Tuesday.
Gibboney (at right) was named the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Specialist of the Year as well as being named to the All-CAA First Team last month. Over the course of the season, she was named as the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week on four different occasions.
The Huntingdon, Pa. native was the only non-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) student-athlete on the East Region team, and the only CAA member to be named to an All-Region Team. CAA Player of the Year Britney Brown (Northeastern) was named to the East All-Region Honorable Mention, but no other CAA student-athlete earned a spot on an All-Region Team.
For the season, Gibboney totaled 654 digs, averaging 5.50 digs a set while playing in all 119 games for the Blue Hens. The co-captain helped lead the team to the CAA Regular Season title and to the team’s third CAA Tournament Championship in four years, earning the conference’s automatic qualifier into the NCAA Tournament. Through games played on December 5, Gibboney sits 14th nationally in digs per set, only .44 digs a game off the national leader. The Blue Hens finished 26-6 overall, falling to Virginia Tech in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, Dec. 3.
More impressively, the senior stepped into the libero position at the start of this season, after two-time All-American libero Stephanie Barry graduated last year. Gibboney turned in one of the finest years statistically by a libero for the Blue Hens. She sits in fifth place in the all-time record books for digs in a season with her 654, only two away from sitting alone in fourth place. Her 5.50 digs per set average is the second best in school history, behind only Barry’s 6.39 in 2007.
Although she only started as a libero as a senior, Gibboney broke Barry’s record of 130 consecutive matches played when she took the court against Northeastern in the CAA Championship. The record stands at 132 as Gibboney is joined by fellow senior Paige Erickson as having played in every match since stepping foot on campus in 2007.
Gibboney, a communications major who is looking to continue her education with the NCAA as in intern following a winter trip to South America and graduation in the spring, was also named to the ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 Second Team for her academic work. She has recently been nominated as the CAA Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, given to one athlete per sport for each season across the conference.
Gibboney is the fourth Blue Hen to be named to the AVCA East All-Region Team in the past four years, as Barry and Colleen Walsh (Honorable Mention) were named in 2007, and Barry repeated in 2008.
Being elected to an All-Region team automatically nominates a player to the AVCA All-America team. The All-America teams will be announced by the AVCA on Wednesday, December 15.
2010 AVCA East All-Region Team – NCAA Division I
Sandra Adeleye – Clemson – MB – So.
Cara Baarendsa – Virginia Tech – RS/OPP – So.
Becci Burling – Duke – MB – Sr.
Lane Carico – Miami – OH – Jr.
Kellie Catanach – Duke – S – Jr.
Visnja Djurdjevic – Florida State – OH – Jr.
Katie Gallagher – Miami – S – Jr.
Greta Gibboney – Delaware – DS/Libero – Sr.
Kaylie Gibson – North Carolina – DS/Libero – Jr.
Christiana Gray – Duke – MB – So.
Monique Mead – Georgia Tech – RS/OPP – So.
Amanda Robertson – Duke – RS/OPP – Jr.
Mary Ashley Tippins – Georgia Tech – S – Sr.
Felicia Willoughby – Virginia Tech – MB – Sr.
Region Freshman of the Year: McKenzie Adams – Virginia – OH
Honorable Mention: Britney Brown (Northeastern), Bailey Hunter (Georgia Tech), Courtney Johnston (North Carolina), Emily McGee (North Carolina), Stephanie Neville (Florida State), Jessica O’Shoney (Virginia)
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