DURHAM, N.C. – ACC Player of the Year Emily Sklar, ACC Defensive Player of the Year Ali McCurdy and fellow all-conference honorees Maggie Deichmeister and Jeme Obeime garnered All-East Coast Region honors, while Jolene Nagel was named East Coast Region Coach of the Year as announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Tuesday.
Duke’s four all-region selections tie for the second most in school history, matching the totals set in 2010 and 1993.
Nagel and her staff collected all-region coach of the year recognition after guiding the Blue Devils to the 2013 ACC Championship and NCAA Tournament second round. Under her direction, Duke (28-5, 18-2 ACC) placed six players on All-ACC teams and had four earn all-region honors while the team achieved a national ranking as high as No. 13 in the AVCA poll. The accolade is the fourth AVCA All-Region nod of Nagel’s career.
An outside hitter from San Jose, Calif., Sklar pulled in her first AVCA All-Region distinction after leading the Blue Devils in kills (405) and kills per set (3.89). The 2013 ACC Player of the Year, she is the only sophomore in Duke history, and eighth player overall, to take home conference player of the year honors. Sklar put down 10 or more kills in 28 contests, including each of Duke’s final 23 matches. She also tied for the team lead with 10 double-doubles and picked up over 220 digs on the year.
McCurdy, a libero from Tampa, Fla., enjoyed yet another sensational season as a senior, earning her third consecutive AVCA All-Region nod as well as ACC Defensive Player of the Year citation. McCurdy led the team with 593 digs, totaling 10-plus digs in 59 consecutive matches. The ACC career digs leader, she is just the 12th player in NCAA history to top 2,500 digs, amassing 2,538 over her four seasons in Durham. McCurdy is the lone Blue Devil to register 500 or more digs in each of her four campaigns and the only player in school history to average over 5.00 digs per set for a career.
A third team All-ACC pick, Deichmeister earned her first all-region honor after directing a potent Duke offense that led the league in both kills per set and assists per set. The junior setter finished the regular season ranked first in the ACC and 17th nationally in assists per game. She dished out 50 or more digs on seven occasions and also tied for the team lead with 10 double-doubles.
Obeime, a junior outside hitter from Carmel, Ind., rounds out the Duke all-region contingent after picking up her first career selection. She totaled a career-best 376 kills in 2013, marking her second straight season with 300 or more kills. Obeime averaged 3.30 kills per set while posting a career-best .294 hitting percentage. Obeime put down 10 or more kills in 22 matches and hit over .300 in 14 contests this season.
AVCA All-East Coast Region
|Jovana Bjelica||North Carolina||OH||Gr.|
|Kathryn Caine||Virginia Tech||RS||Jr.|
|Darcy Dorton **||College of Charleston||OH||R-Sr.|
|Victoria Hamsher||Virginia Tech||MB||Sr.|
|Jeni Houser **||Notre Dame||MB||Jr.|
|Elizabeth Koberstein **||Marquette||S||Sr.|
|Ali McCurdy ***||Duke||L||Sr.|
|Paige Neuenfedlt||North Carolina||MB||So.|
|Karin Palgutova||St. John's||OH||So.|
|Lizzy Briones||James Madison||MB||Jr.|
|Victoria McPherson||North Carolina||MB||So.|
|Aleksandra Wachowicz||St. John's||OH||Jr.|
|Sloane White||College of Charleston||RS||Jr.|
Freshman of the Year: Autumn Bailey (Marquette, OH)
Coach of the Year: Jolene Nagel (Duke)