Adams Tabbed East Region Freshman of the Year
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Virginia freshman McKenzie Adams has been tabbed the 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) East Region Freshman of the Year, as announced Tuesday. Adams becomes the program’s first-ever honoree as the region’s top rookie, while sophomore Jess O’Shoney was included as an honorable mention all-region selection.
Adams, the ACC Freshman of the Year, is the only rookie to be honored by the East Region, as the 14-member All-East Region team and six honorable mention selections are all at least sophomores.
The San Antonio, Texas native finished the year second on the team in kills, landing 264 – the ninth-best season total for a freshman in UVa history. She also holds Virginia’s freshman record for kills in a match, as she knocked down 29 in a five-set win over Clemson on Oct. 3.
For the season, Adams tallied six double-doubles and was twice named the ACC Freshman of the Week. She finished her rookie campaign hitting .198, while earning 172 digs, 11 aces and 67 blocks.
O’Shoney, from Austin, Texas, earned honorable mention All-East Region honors after leading the Cavaliers with a .338 attack percentage this season – the fourth-best clip in UVa history. O’Shoney knocked down 250 kills in 517 swings this year, while committing 75 errors. Her mark ranks fourth in the ACC, while she is also among the conference leaders in blocks per set – sitting eighth with an average of 1.06 per game.
The middle blocker had 10 double-digit kill performances this year and recorded her first collegiate double-double against George Washington, knocking down 18 kills to go with 12 blocks. Her 12 blocks in a single match ranks as the third-most in program history.