November 17, 2011
All-America status for pair of Dragons
Prior to this weekend’s quest to capture an NCAA Division III national volleyball title, SUNY Cortland seniors Sheena Asibey and Ashley Coyle received some special recognition.
Middle hitter Asibey and outside hitter Coyle were both chosen as 2011 American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III honorable mention All-Americans for the Red Dragons. The two were also selected to the AVCA All-New York Region first team.
In addition, junior setter Kristen Guercio earned honorable mention All-New York Region recognition and seventh-year head coach Pam Hoerup was selected as the New York Region Coach of the Year.
Cortland is 42-1 heading into the Division III quarterfinals for the first time since 2000. The Red Dragons are among an Elite Eight field that begins play Friday at Washington University in St. Louis. The Red Dragons play in the opening match on Friday, facing Christopher Newport out of Virginia. The semifinals are Saturday, with the title match set for Sunday.
— Coyle, who has a year of eligibility remaining that she plans on using next season, is an honorable mention All-American for the second straight year.
The Minisink Valley High graduate currently leads Cortland with 479 kills (3.4 per set) and 71 service aces and ranks third on the team with 465 digs. She was the SUNY Athletic Conference Eastern Division Player of the Year in both 2011 and 2010.
She also was named this season as the Most Valuable Player of both the SUNYAC tournament and the NCAA Division III regional tournament. Coyle ranks third in school history with 1,349 kills.
— Asibey, from Brentwood, is second on the Red Dragon squad with 373 kills (2.7 per set) and 102 blocks. Her .322 attack percentage is the best on the team among players with at least 100 sets played.
She has recorded nine or more kills in 25 of Cortland’s 43 matches, including each of the Red Dragons’ first three NCAA tournament outings. Asibey is fourth on Cortland’s career charts with 1,290 kills and ninth with 360 total blocks.
— Guercio was an honorable mention All-American and first-team all-region selection in 2010. Through 43 matches this fall, she is averaging 10.8 assists per set. Her 1,595 total assists are 50 shy of the school single-season record she established last year, and her 4,502 assists through three years are second in school history.
— Hoerup earned regional Coach of the Year honors for the first time. The SUNYAC Coach of the Year each of the past two seasons, Hoerup has a seven-year career record of 225-64 (.779). Her teams have won five SUNYAC titles, including the last two seasons.
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