Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Dean, Sarmiento named to Daktronics All-Region Volleyball Team

SAVANNAH, Ga. --- Tusculum College's Caitlyn Dean and Ashley Sarmiento have been named to the 2010 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region Volleyball Team announced officials Wednesday. Dean was named the First Team libero/defensive specialist, while Sarmiento garnered Second Team accolades at setter.

Members of the All-Region First Team are now eligible for Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America honors. The Daktronics NCAA DII teams are voted on by the sports information directors - the Southeast Region is comprised of schools from Conference Carolinas, the South Atlantic Conference and the Peach Belt Conference.

Dean, a freshman from Fort Wayne, Ind., has posted one of the best defensive performances in NCAA II history. Dean currently leads the nation averaging 7.10 digs per set, which is a new school and South Atlantic Conference record and is on pace to be the third-best average in DII history. Her 845 digs this season are a new NCAA Division II record. The 2010 All-SAC First Team honoree has accounted for an amazing 13 matches with 30-plus digs. She has also been named to the SAC All-Freshman Team, SAC All-Tournament Team and was named SAC Specialist of the Week on two occasions.

Sarmiento, a freshman from Dayton, Ohio, led the league in assists, averaging 10.36 helpers per set. The 2010 SAC Freshman of the Year, is 31st in the nation in assists, while leading the team with 14 double-doubles. The SAC All-Freshman Team selection has accounted for 1,256 assists, which are the fourth most in school history, while her assist average is also fourth best by a Pioneer. She was also named to the SAC All-Tournament Team and was twice named SAC Specialist of the Week.

The 2010 Pioneers recorded one of the most superb seasons in school history and the best since becoming a NCAA Division II member. Tusculum posted a 25-7 overall record, including 16-2 in SAC play to finish second in the conference. The 16 league wins are the most in school history as a South Atlantic Conference member (since 1999) as Tusculum advanced to the SAC Tournament Championship match for the first time in school history. TC also earned the program its second straight NCAA Tournament at-large berth.

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