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Three Volleyball Yellow Jackets Honored As All-State Players

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DANVILLE, Va. – Three Yellow Jackets were named as All-State student-athletes in the college volleyball division it was announced Tuesday by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID). Senior libero Samantha Sallade (Newport News, Va. / Peninsula Catholic) and sophomore outside hitter Miranda Hall (Mechanicsville, Va. / Hanover) were named to the All-State First Team, while senior setter Erin Quinn (Morrisville, N.C. / Cardinal Gibbons) was named to the All-State Second Team. Randolph-Macon led the state in total selections with three, alongside Christopher Newport University who also put three on the list. The selections are made by media relations professionals working at institutions or conferences in Virginia and are administered by VaSID.

Sallade will leave her college career with both the ODAC and Randolph-Macon title for most digs in a career. She finished with 512 this season and had 5.12 digs per set. Both led the team. She also tallied 18 service aces. In total digs, she finished third in the ODAC this year and fifth for digs per set. For her record-breaking career, she totals 2,095 digs in her career.  Sallade was named to the All-ODAC First Team and was also an AVCA All-South Honorable Mention honoree in 2017. She has been an AVCA All-South Honorable Mention player three times and has earned All-ODAC recognition each year of her college career. It's the second time Sallade has been honored by VaSID; she earned a First Team nod in 2015. 

Hall was named an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American as well as earning ODAC Player of the Year recognition and was a member of the All-ODAC First Team. Hall finished the season atop the ODAC in kills per set with 3.18. She also appeared in the Top 200 in entire country's rankings for kills per set.  She was third in the conference for total kills with 308. Both were also team leads. Hall also appeared in the Top 15 in the conference for kill percentage. In the ODAC Tournament, Hall had 24 kills, including 16 in a critical match against Washington and Lee for the ODAC Championship. She was also named to the AVCA All-South Region team and All-ODAC Tournament team and was named the ODAC Player of the Week three times this season. It's Hall's first VaSID recognition.

Quinn finishes her college career at second on Randolph-Macon's career all-time assists list with 2,942. She finishes behind Jennifer Hummill (2000-03), who had 3,029 total assists across her career. Quinn was also recognized as a 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District® student-athlete. She finished the season in the Top 10 in the ODAC for both total assists and assists per set. This is Quinn's second VaSID recognition. She earned a second team nod last year, as well as being named the ODAC Player of the Year. Quinn has also been an All-ODAC player each year since her sophomore campaign.

Along with Randolph-Macon's three players, three Christopher Newport Captains ended up on VaSID teams. Katelyn Newsome was a first team selection along with Southern Virginia's Hannah Allred and Washington and Lee's Meg Guignon. Averett also scored two players on the first team, Hannah Shields and Brianna Williams. The Cougars dominated the major awards category, taking home two of three, with Shields being named the VaSID Player of the Year and Danny Miller being honored as Coach of the Year.

CNU's Katie Piper and Josie Lucernoni were on the second team, along with ODAC Rookie of the Year, W&L's Courtney Berry, who also earned VaSID Rookie of the Year honors. They were joined by Mary Washington's Peyton Dunow and Savannah Powers, with Marymount's Caroline Hanson rounding out the second team.

VaSID names 27 all-state teams in 15 sports each year, as well as an Academic All-State squad and an all-sports champion in both the University and College Divisions. Membership to VaSID is open to all media relations professionals working at a university or conference in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Virginia Sports Information Directors 2017 College Division All-State Women's Volleyball Teams:

Player of the Year: Hannah Shields, Averett University                                            
Coach of the Year: Danny Miller, Averett University                                               
Rookie of the Year: Courtney Berry, Washington and Lee University
All-State First Team                                        
Hannah Allred, Southern Virginia University
Meg Guignon, Washington and Lee University
Miranda Hall, Randolph-Macon College
Katelyn Newsome, Christopher Newport University
Hannah Shields, Averett University
Brianna Williams, Averett University

Libero/Defensive Specialist                                       
Samantha Sallade, Randolph-Macon College

All-State Second Team                                  
Courtney Berry, Washington and Lee University
Peyton Dunow, University of Mary Washington
Caroline Hanson, Marymount University
Katie Piper, Christopher Newport University
Savannah Powers, University of Mary Washington
Erin Quinn, Randolph-Macon College

Libero/Defensive Specialist                                       
Josie Lucernoni, Christopher Newport University