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Union volleyball places five on all-conference team

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - 11/10/2009 - The Union University volleyball put five players on the TranSouth All-Conference honors that were announced at the 2009 TranSouth Volleyball Tournament. Marcela Madeira, Katie Adams and Heather Lieberman were named first team all-conference performers, while Anna Sims and Kelsey Duling earned second team honors.

Madeira, a 5-foot-10 junior from Brazil, leads Union with 418 kills and a .312 hitting percentage. She also currently has 25 aces, 447 digs and 49 blocks.

Adams, a 5-foot-8 senior from Orange, Calif., is Union’s lone senior, leading the way with 1,353 assists. She has also accumulated a team-high 43 aces and has 293 digs. This is the second straight season for Adams to be named to the all-conference team.

Lieberman, a 5-foot-8 junior from Rochester, N.Y., has 417 kills and a .244 hitting percentage. She has 38 aces and 418 digs. This is Lieberman’s first all-conference honor at Union, but was named to the 2008 TranSouth all-tournament team.

Sims, a 5-foot-11 sophomore from Trussville, Ala., has 285 kills and a .290 hitting percentage. She has a team high 157 blocks. This also marks the second straight all-conference honor for Sims.

Duling, a 5-foot-7 junior from Pasadena, Calif., is makes an appearance on the all-conference team in her first season with the Lady Bulldogs. Duling had 354 kills and a .202 hitting percentage. She has also accumulated 33 aces, a team high 454 digs and 31 blocks.

Union also boasted five players that earned TranSouth Scholar Athlete honors. Duling, Lieberman, Sims along with Kacie Ritter and Caroline Robbins each made the list.

Union is currently playing in the TranSouth Conference Tournament as a No. 4 seed. Union entered the tournament with a 26-8 record overall and a 9-5 league record.

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2009 TranSouth Conference Volleyball Post Season Honors

Most Valuable Player: Diana Silva, Freed-Hardeman University
Newcomer of the Year: Thaise Vieira, Bethel University
Freshmen of the Year: Jhessica Martin, Martin Methodist College
Coach of the Year: Todd Humphry, Freed-Hardeman University

FIRST TEAM
Diana Silva (Freed-Hardeman)
Thaise Vieira (Bethel University)
Marcela Madeira (Union University)
Jhessica Martin (Martin Methodist)
Sydney Rice (Freed-Hardeman)
Teegan Hunziker (Trevecca Nazarene)
Kaysi Arnold (Cumberland University)
Kaley Ward (Trevecca Nazarene)
Katie Beineke (Lyon College)
Nataly Gutierrez (Freed-Hardeman)
Abbey Masters (Bethel University)
Katie Adams (Union University)
Heather Lieberman (Union University)

Michele Cunha (Bethel University)

SECOND TEAM
Amber Turner (Freed-Hardeman)
Anna Sims (Union University)
Karim Raymond (Freed-Hardeman)
Jessica Hood (Trevecca Nazarene)
Adrianna Bookout Gonzalez (Bethel)
Kelsey Duling (Union University)
Jennifer Peterson (Trevecca Nazarene)
Meghann LaBorn (Lyon College)
Precious Sanders (Martin Methodist)
Callie West (Freed-Hardeman)

HONORABLE MENTION
Brooke Cannon (Trevecca Nazarene)
Jordan Pescatore (Cumberland University)
Rachel Spotten (Trevecca Nazarene)
Kayla Spencer (Martin Methodist)
Jessica Gericke (Cumberland University)
Lauren Castleberry (Lyon College)
Chelsea Hinton (Lyon College)
Tiffany Payton (Mid-Continent)
Lori Magusen (Bethel University)
Katie Perry (Mid-Continent)

Union players on TranSouth Scholar Athlete list:
Kelsey Duling, Heather Lieberman, Kacie Ritter, Caroline Robbins, Anna Sims


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