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Dec. 18, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia volleyball freshman Anna Walsh (Grapevine, Texas) was named the Virginia State Rookie of the Year, the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) announced on Friday (Dec. 18).

Walsh and seniors Lauren Fuller (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Natalie Bausback (Carlsbad, Calif.) were recognized on the all-state first team.

The second-ever UVA player to earn VaSID Rookie of the Year, Walsh was also honored as the AVCA All-East Coast Region Freshman of the Year. As a middle blocker, Walsh led UVA with a freshman school record .354 hitting percentage, hitting over a .300 clip in 21 matches. Walsh ranked third on the team with 301 kills on the season, which ties for ninth-most for a freshman and was second on the team with 100 blocks, which ranks third most in school history by a freshman.

Fuller became the first Virginia player since 2007 to earn AVCA Honorable Mention All-America honors after being named to the AVCA All-East Coast Region Team. A First Team All-ACC selection, she finished season with 1250 assists to average 10.87 per set, both ranked second in the ACC. Fuller dished out over 40 assists in 15 matches, including a career-high 60 against Syracuse. She also ranked fourth on the team with 224 digs and tallied six double-doubles on the year.

Bausback was named to the All-ACC Second Team after leading Virginia with 142 blocks and finishing second in kills (340), digs (258) and service aces (31). Bausback recorded her first career triple-double with 14 kills, 12 digs and 11 blocks against Alabama, with her 11 blocks being the most by a player since 2004 and third-most in school history in a four-set match.

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