COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its 2003 Division III All-America teams on Monday afternoon, with Washington and Lee having two players honored.
Sophomore setter Christine Gladysz (Palm Harbor, Fla./Berkeley Prep) was named to the third team, while sophomore middle blocker Susan Gaillard (Charleston, S.C./Porter-Gaud) was an honorable mention selection.
Gladysz and Gaillard become the first volleyball players in school history to earn All-America accolades.
Gladysz garnered third team honors after earning First Team All-ODAC and First Team All-South Region honors. The 2002 ODAC Tournament MVP and member of the 2003 ODAC All-Tournament Team, she ranked third nationally in assists per game (13.24) this season with a school- and ODAC-record 1,642 assists. In addition, she tallied a team-high 86 service aces, 399 digs, 92 kills and 72 blocks. A libero for half of her freshman season before moving to setter, Gladysz already holds the W&L career assist record with 2,483 assists.
Gaillard also earned First Team All-ODAC and First Team All-South Region honors this season. An honorable mention all-region choice last season, she totaled 452 kills, 100 blocks, 95 digs and 20 service aces, while setting a new school record and ranking ninth nationally for season hitting percentage (.423). After just two seasons, Gaillard already ranks seventh in school history with 837 career kills.
W&L finished the 2003 season with a school-record 35 wins against just four losses. The Generals won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference for the third straight season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament South Region Semifinals.
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