COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) released its 2005 All-Region Teams and Washington and Lee University had two players honored on the All-South team.
Senior setter Christine Gladysz (Palm Harbor, Fla./Berkeley Prep) and senior middle blocker Susan Gaillard (Charleston, S.C./Porter-Gaud) were both named to the 12-member first team and will now go on the national ballot for All-America consideration.
Gladysz was named to the first team all-region squad for the third straight season. The 2005 ODAC Player of the Year and ODAC Tournament MVP, Gladysz ranks among the national leaders in assists per game (12.76). A two-time Third Team All-American, she claims 5,184 career assists, the highest total in Old Dominion Athletic Conference history and the 20th-best total in Division III history. She also holds the school record for career aces (252), ranks second at W&L in career digs (1,528) and is sixth in career blocks (264).
Gaillard has been named to the all-region team in each of her four seasons, but was a first team selection for the first time since 2003. She was an honorable mention choice in 2002 and 2004. A three-time First Team All-ODAC pick and the 2002 ODAC Rookie of the Year, Gaillard has recorded 303 kills, 109 blocks and a team-best .413 hitting percentage this season. She ranks second all-time at W&L in career kills (1,493) and career blocks (408). She can take over the top spot in both categories with 27 more kills and six more blocks.
The Generals (32-4) won the ODAC Tournament title for the fifth straight season and received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. W&L returns to action this evening (7:00 pm) against Southwestern in the first round of the tournament.
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