Date: January 12, 2006
W&L'S GLADYSZ NAMED VaSID VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
DANVILLE, Va. -- Washington and Lee senior setter Christine Gladysz (Palm Harbor, Fla./Berkeley Prep) has been named the Virginia Sports Information Director's Association (VaSID) College Division Volleyball Player of the Year.
Gladysz, who earned the honor for the second straight season, was joined on the first team by senior middle blocker Susan Gaillard (Charleston, S.C./Porter-Gaud). Freshman outside hitter Laura Maurer (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII) was selected to the second team.
Gladysz adds the award to a list that already includes ODAC Player of the Year, ODAC Tournament MVP, First Team All-ODAC, First Team All-Region and Second Team All-American. During the 2005 season, she totaled 1,346 assists, 350 digs, 116 kills, 86 blocks and 64 service aces. For her career, Gladysz posted 5,216 career assists, the highest total in Old Dominion Athletic Conference history and the 20th-best total in Division III history. She also finished as the school record holder for career aces (254), was second in career digs (1,542) and sixth in career blocks (267).
Gaillard was named to the first team for the third straight year after being a second team selection as a freshman. A three-time First Team All-ODAC pick and the 2002 ODAC Rookie of the Year, Gaillard recorded 316 kills, 113 blocks and a team-best .407 hitting percentage this season. She finished her career second all-time at W&L in career kills (1,506) and career blocks (412).
Maurer was named to the second team after posting Second Team All-ODAC and ODAC Rookie of the Year laurels this fall. She led the team with 374 kills and was tops in the ODAC with a 4.02 kills per game average.
Christopher Newport's Lindsay Sheppard was named the VaSID Coach of the Year.
The Generals (32-5) won the ODAC Tournament title for the fifth straight season and received the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, falling to Southwestern (3-0) in the first round.
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