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Gray, McCurdy Named to Preseason All-ACC Team
Friday 08/17/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. - With the 2012 season one week away, the Atlantic Coast Conference released its predicted order of finish and all-league honors Friday as Duke senior Christiana Gray and junior Ali McCurdy garnered Preseason All-ACC accolades. The Blue Devils were picked to finish fourth in the conference according to the 2012 ACC Volleyball Predicted Order of Finish as voted on by the league's 12 head coaches.

Of the 18 selections to 2012's preseason all-ACC Team, 11 earned 2011 All-ACC honors, including both Gray and McCurdy. The Duke duo also picked up AVCA Honorable Mention All-America honors a season ago as Gray led the league in hitting percentage (.396) and McCurdy broke the school single season digs record (653).

Duke received 92 points in the coaches' poll, behind third-place Clemson (97) by just five points. 2011 ACC champion Florida State grabbed the top spot with 118 points, including nine first-place votes, while North Carolina secured the No. 2 spot with 111 points and three first-place votes. First-place votes were awarded 11 points, second place received 10 points, etc. Coaches were not allowed to include their own team in their predicted order of finish.

The 2012 Blue Devils feature nine returning letterwinners from 2011, a year in which the team posted a 21-9 overall record while finishing third in the ACC with a 15-5 mark. Last season saw Duke advance to the NCAA Tournament for the 17th time overall and an ACC record seventh consecutive season.

2012 ACC Volleyball Predicted Order of Finish

Team

Points

2011 Record (ACC)

Florida State (9)

118

28-7 (18-2)

North Carolina (3)

111

24-9 (15-5)

Clemson

97

20-11 (12-8)

Duke

92

21-9 (15-5)

Miami

81

26-5 (16-4)

Georgia Tech

66

15-16 (8-12)

Virginia Tech

63

18-13 (11-9)

NC State

56

20-13 (8-12)

Virginia

36

10-20 (4-16)

Maryland

34

10-22 (4-16)

Wake Forest

25

9-12 (6-14)

Boston College

13

7-24 (3-17)



2012 Preseason All-ACC Team

Player

Class

Position

Team

Alexa Rand

Senior

Middle Blocker

Clemson

Sandra Adeleye

Senior

Middle Hitter

Clemson

Serenat Yaz

Senior

Outside Hitter/RS

Clemson

Ali McCurdy

Junior

Libero/Def. Specialist

Duke

Christiana Gray

Senior

Middle Blocker

Duke

Ashley Neff

Junior

Middle Blocker

Florida State

Katie Mosher

Sophomore

Libero/Def. Specialist

Florida State

Sareea Freeman

Senior

Middle Blocker

Florida State

Bailey Hunter

Senior

Outside Hitter

Georgia Tech

Monique Mead

Senior

Right Side

Georgia Tech

Alex Johnson

Junior

Right Side

Miami

Emani Sims

Sophomore

Middle Blocker

Miami

Megan Cyr

Senior

Setter

NC State

Chaniel Nelson

Sophomore

Opposite Hitter

North Carolina

Emily McGee

Senior

Outside Hitter

North Carolina

Jessica O'Shoney

Senior

Middle

Virginia

Cara Baarendse

Senior

Middle Blocker

Virginia Tech

Andrea Beck

Senior

Middle Blocker

Wake Forest

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