Neff, Mead Named AVCA Division I All Americans

December 12, 2012 - Florida State's Ashley Neff (2010; A5 17-1) and Georgia Tech's Monique Mead (2009; A5 17-Bob) are named 2012 3rd Team All Americans. These are the first such honors for any member of the A5 Family.

Citation from about Mead:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Senior rightside hitter Monique Mead has been named an American Volleyball Coaches Association third team All-American the AVCA announced Wednesday. This is her first AVCA All-American appearance after three consecutive honorable mention accolades.

"What an incredible honor it is to be named an AVCA third team All-American," head coach Tonya Johnson said. "Monique is certainly deserving of this special award. I couldn't be more proud of her and all she has done for our program."

Mead earned the accolade after being named to the AVCA All-East Region team earlier this season and for the third straight year, as she earned honorable mention recognition her freshman year.

In addition, the Newnan, Ga., native, recently earned All-ACC recognition for the fourth year of her career, making her just the 13th player in ACC history and fourth player at Tech to accomplish the feat.

She led the Jackets this season with 459 kills, 56 serving aces and 562 points. Her 3.96 kills per set average was second in the ACC, and she led the league and ranked No. 7 in the NCAA with .48 serving aces per game.

In her senior season on the Flats, she became the all-time leader in career kills at Georgia Tech with 1,918, topping Lynnette Moster's 1,859 set in 2001-04. She eclipsed 1,000 career digs and reached the 2,000-point mark to become the only Tech player to do so in the last decade.

Mead made a huge impact on the Georgia Tech program and is in the top 10 in six Georgia Tech career categories, two single-match and three season record lists.

She will wrap up her stellar career at Georgia Tech this Saturday when she graduates with a degree in business administration.

Citation from about Neff:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ( - Florida State indoor volleyball junior middle blocker Ashley Neff wrapped up another fulfilling season by being selected as an American Volleyball Coaches Association Third-Team All-American, announced today by the Lexington, Ky. - based organization.

After bursting on the scene by leading the nation in total blocks as a sophomore, Neff found a way to improve even more in a remarkable junior season. She finished the year bettering her blocks per set average to 1.61, currently the sixth-best in the nation. Neff's 184 total blocks rank 10th on Florida State's single-season list, as she now holds two Top 10 marks after amassing 197 blocks last year. Her prolific season included ACC Player of the Year honors, AVCA All-East Region, ACC Player of the Week honors and the Most Valuable Player Award at the season-opening Comcast Lady Vol Classic.

While Neff continued to show her defensive prowess, her offensive attack separated her from many middle blockers this season. She finished with a .380 hitting percentage that ranks 21st in the country, compiling 248 kills and 2.18 kills per set. Many times in the 2012 season, Neff spent time as the only student-athlete in the country who ranked in the Top 10 in both hitting percentage and blocks per set. Her multi-dimensional statistics put her in the running to be just the 12th middle blocker since rally scoring started in 2001 to place in the Top 10 in both categories by season's end.

"Ashley had very strong stats against nationally ranked teams this season and it allowed her to be ranked very high in both hitting percentage and blocks throughout the season," Poole said. "I believe the fact that Ashley was so strong in both categories during the season helped put her on other coaches' radar, both in conference and nationally. Ashley has a great balance of patrolling the net as a blocker, but also being a weapon offensively. We were fortunate to have great passing and setting this season and it allowed Ashley the opportunity to make a difference for our program."

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