Charlotte 49ers junior outside hitter Bianca Rouse (Columbia, S.C. / Keenan HS) was among seven student-athletes from six institutions comprising the 2011 North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) University Division All-State volleyball team, announced on Wednesday.
The squad, which is the eighth named by NCCSIA, features five first-time honorees as Wake Forest middle hitter Andrea Beck returns from last season's squad while fellow middle hitter Caroline Lemke of Elon was a 2009 honoree.
Beck and Lemke are joined on the team by setter Heather Feldman of Gardner-Webb, outside hitters Ariel Newman of UNC Greensboro and Bianca Rouse of Charlotte, UNCW right side hitter Christi Laite and Elon libero Ali Deatsch.
Rouse garnered All-State recognition after pacing the 49ers in kills (3.47) and digs (2.59) per set; earning Second-Team All-Atlantic 10 accolades for a second consecutive season. The Columbia, S.C., product also finished third on the team in total blocks (50) and will enter her senior season in 17th place on the program's career kills chart (976).
A hometown product of Winston-Salem, Beck returns to the All-State squad after a junior campaign that saw her average 3.39 kills per set and post a .313 hitting percentage despite missing 10 matches due to injury. An All-ACC selection for the second straight season, Beck also excelled in the classroom as she earned First-Team Academic All-District accolades from The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Deatsch is one of two Elon members to earn All-State honors after guiding the Phoenix to a 19-14 mark in 2011. She paced the squad with a 4.24 digs per set average as she became the program's career leader in total digs (1,435). A native of Elmhurst, Ill., Deatsch also established a new program mark at the Division I level for service aces with 54; ranking first in the Southern Conference and 18th in the nation in that category.
The only freshman to earn All-State honors, Feldman played in and started every set during her rookie campaign; leading the Lady Bulldogs in assists per set (9.59) on her way to earning Big South All-Freshman Team honors. The Eden, N.Y., native also ranked second on the team with 28 service aces and in digs with 272 as she recorded a team-high 13 double-double during the season.
After a one-season hiatus, Lemke is
back on the All-State squad following a senior campaign that saw the Carmel,
Ind., product pace the Phoenix in total kills (317) and kills per set (2.78).
She finished her four-year career at Elon fifth on the all-time list for kills
(1,279) and ended her collegiate career second on the squad's Division I list
for career total blocks (519).
Laite makes her inaugural appearance on the All-State team after pacing the Seahawks in kills (3.28) and points (3.92) per set in 2011, ranking among the leaders in the Colonial Athletic Association in both categories. A product of Severna Park, Md., Laite finished her sophomore campaign among the program's single-season leaders in total kills (361) and was a Second-Team All-CAA selection, becoming the program's All-Conference honoree since 2003.
One of two seniors on the All-State team, Newman capped her collegiate career by leading the Spartans in total kills (334) and kills per set (3.04) during the 2011 season. The hometown product of Greensboro, N.C., also posted 278 total digs and 2.53 digs per set average, helping her finish her career with 25 double-doubles in 65 career matches for the Spartans.
Founded in 2002, NCCSIA is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The organization seeks to promote collegiate athletics and student-athletes at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.
NCSSIA selects All-State teams for men's and women's soccer, volleyball, men's and women's basketball, softball and baseball on the College (Division II, III, NAIA) and University (Division I) levels. More than 650 student-athletes have been recognized on NCCSIA All-State teams since 2003.