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Wednesday, December 15, 2010Seniors Alex Kelly and Stefine “Jake” Pease have been named AVCA (NCAA) honorable mention All-America for the second year in a row.
“To be a two-time All-America speaks for itself,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “I think it is special because a lot of times smaller schools usually get one. To have two players earn All-America two years in a row is a tremendous honor.”
Pease, a setter, was the Atlantic Sun Player of the Year. Kelly, a middle blocker, was the A-Sun Tournament MVP.
Both leave with impressive numbers. Kelly posted 1,746 kills and 1,085 digs for her career. Pease had 5,159 assists and 1,051 digs.
In their four years at Lipscomb they were never on a team that won fewer than 20 games. They advanced to the Atlantic Sun Tournament championship match all four years, winning the tournament title and an NCAA bid three of those years.
“I’m proud of these girls that they have been recognized at the highest level on a national scale,” Rosenthal said. “There is a reason why they got it. They both have put in the time and the effort over a long period of time.”
Both Kelly and Pease are considering their volleyball futures beyond college. Kelly is going to try out for the USA National team in February. Both Kelly and Pease are mulling over the possibility of playing professionally overseas. They are also looking at possible graduate assistant positions.
“These two don’t realize how many opportunities they have created for themselves,” Rosenthal said. “They both have great futures.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.