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AVCA All-America Awards Announced
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 12/14/2011
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DURHAM, N.C. - Duke volleyball players Kellie Catanach, Christiana Gray and Ali McCurdy were each named AVCA All-America honorable mention, as announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Wednesday.

Each of those three were named All-ACC and All-East Region after leading Duke to a 21-9 overall record and its ACC-record seventh consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. Catanach, Gray and McCurdy also earned All-America recognition last season with Catanach appearing on the third team and Gray and McCurdy both earning honorable mention honors.

Catanach, a setter from Tampa, Fla. (Plant), wrapped up her four-year career with the second most assists in school history. Her 5,364 career assists also ranks ninth on the ACC's all-time list, and she is only the third player in school history to post four of 1,000 assists.

Gray, a junior middle blocker from Carmel, Ind. (Cathedral), led the ACC in hitting percentage for the second straight year and ranks ninth in the nation in the category. She became even more of a focal point in the Duke offense in 2011 and set career highs in kills, attacks and hitting percentage while also averaging 1.01 blocks per set.

McCurdy, a sophomore libero from Tampa, Fla. (Plant), broke Duke's single-season digs record with 653 pickups this season and was the anchor of a Duke defense that held opponents to a .196 hitting percentage. She led the ACC by nearly 100 digs and ranked 12th nationally in digs per set. In addition to becoming the fastest player in Duke history to reach 1,000 digs, McCurdy's career average of 5.24 digs per set is on pace to shatter the school record of 4.76 digs per set.