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Four Blue Devils Tabbed AVCA All-Region
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 12/06/2016
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DURHAM, N.C. – Duke senior libero Sasha Karelov, sophomore middle blocker Leah Meyer and senior middle blocker Jordan Tucker earned AVCA All-East Coast Region honors while freshman setter Cindy Marina was tabbed honorable mention as announced by the organization Tuesday.

Tucker makes her second straight appearance on the all-region squad. Karelov, an honorable mention pick in 2014 and 2015, and Meyer both earned their first all-region nods.

Duke’s starting libero each of the past three seasons, Karelov once again anchored the Blue Devil back row in 2016, leading the conference with 634 digs and a 5.42 digs-per-set average. The Raleigh, N.C., native picked up 20-plus digs on 15 occasions, including a program-record 44 digs Sept. 30 at Notre Dame.

Karelov finished her collegiate career with 2,023 to become the third Blue Devil in program history with 2,000 career digs, joining Ali McCurdy (2,538) and Jenny Shull (2,200). In addition, her career 4.52 digs-per-set average ranks fourth all-time at Duke.

A dominant presence for Duke in the middle, Tucker ended the season with career bests in kills (387), kills per set (3.31) and hitting percentage (.358). She knocked down 10 or more kills 24 times and topped .300 hitting on 18 occasions in 2016. Tucker finished the season ranked third in the ACC in hitting percentage and was the only middle blocker ranked in the top 10 in the league in kills per frame and points (456.0).

For her career, Tucker ranks 14th in program history in kills (1,186), fifth in hitting percentage (.319) and eighth in blocks (401). She is the ninth Blue Devil to surpass 400 career blocks and is one of sixth Duke players all-time to top 1,000 career kills and 400 blocks while hitting above .300 for a career.

Meyer was also a tremendous force for Duke, totaling 316 kills while posting a .333 hitting percentage and 1.31 blocks per set in 2016. She finishes the season ranked seventh in the ACC in hitting percentage (.333) and sixth in blocks per frame (1.31). Meyer dropped double-digit kills 19 times this season, including a career-best 21 Nov. 18 versus Florida State. She also recorded the first double-double by a Duke middle blocker since 2012, totaling 12 kills and 11 blocks Sept. 24 at Virginia.

For her career to date, Meyer ranks fourth in Duke history with a 1.18 blocks per set average and sixth in hitting percentage (.316).

Marina played in every set as a freshman running Duke’s 5-1 system. She leads the league in assists per frame (11.11) and is the only ACC setter to average better than 11.00 assists per set. She topped 40 assists in 17 games and also led the Blue Devils with 27 service aces. Marina was exceptional on defense as well, trailing only Karelov in total digs (313) and digs per set (2.68), to total a team-best 17 double-doubles.

The Blue Devils finished the 2016 campaign tied for third in the ACC standings with a 15-5 league mark and 21-9 overall record. Duke reached 20 wins for the 27th time in program history and 10th time in the past 12 seasons.

2016 AVCA All-East Coast Region

First Name Last Name School Pos. Year
Kamalani Akeo Pittsburgh S So.
Janey  Goodman** James Madison  RS Sr.
Sasha  Karelov Duke  Sr. 
Taylor Leath  North Carolina OH  So. 
Taylor Louis ** Marquette  OH  So. 
Leah Meyer  Duke  MB  So. 
Jenna Potts  Pittsburgh  MB  Sr. 
Jenna Rosenthal Marquette  MB  So. 
Julia Scoles  North Carolina  OH  Fr. 
Olga Strantzali  Miami  OH  Jr. 
Taylor Treacy**  North Carolina  RS  Sr. 
Jordan Tucker**  Duke  MB Sr. 
Teegan Van Gunst**  Georgia Tech  OH  Sr. 
Stephanie Williams  Pittsburgh  OH  Fr. 

 Honorable Mention

First Name Last Name School Pos. Year
Taylor Austin James Madison L Jr.
Jasmine Burton Virginia RS Sr.
Tessa Fournier Seton Hall L Sr.
Cindy Marina Duke S Fr.
Meghan Niemann Marquette MB Sr.
Lindsey Owens Virginia Tech OH Sr.

(*) Denotes total number of years selected to AVCA Division I All-Region Team

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