After being named preseason AVCA All American, Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference First Team, as well as All Time All CVAC, it was no surprise that when the American Volleyball Coaches Association released their All Region team, a pair of familiar names were included. Lady Bobcats seniors Lacie Smith and Amanda Huffaker were named to the team for the first time in their careers.
Smith, (pictured below) holds school records in career service aces, (190), digs, (1098), and kills, (1915), after a four year career that saw her named to the All CVAC Team each year, (second team as a freshman and sophomore, first team as a junior and senior). The two time CVAC Tournament MVP and 2006 CVAC Player of the Year was also named to the NCAA Atlantic All Region Team after guiding the Lady Bobcats to a program best Sweet Sixteen finish at the NCAA Tournament in 2005.
Huffaker, (pictured left) owns a pair of school records herself,
proving herself to be one of the nation's most consistent blockers
over her four year career. Huffaker set the single season mark for
blocks when she had 189 in 2005, while also establishing the career
record with 577.
A three time All CVAC, (honorable mention as a sophomore, second team as a junior, first team as a senior), Huffaker was also named to the NCAA Atlantic All Region Team after helping the Lady Bobcats reach the Sweet Sixteen in 2005. Huffaker will join the Lady Bobcats basketball team in the second semester to finish her collegiate athletic career.
The pair of Tennessee natives have been teammates for the past six seasons, dating back to their high school days as members of the Smokey Mountain Juniors club team. During their time at Lees-McRae, Smith and Huffaker have won three CVAC Regular Season Championships, four CVAC Tournament Titles, and participated in four NCAA Tournaments. Their four year record stands at 113-40, (69-7 CVAC).
2006 AVAC Division II All Region Team
Sarah Brandon Kutztown University RS/Opp Sr.
Renata da Silva California University of Pa. S Fr
Amanda Evans** California University of Pa. MB Sr.
Inga Kurgonaite*** Lock Haven University RS/Opp Jr.
Allison Liptak California University of Pa. RS/Opp Sr.
Anna-Marie Luft Mount Olive College RS/Opp Sr.
Shari Matthews North Carolina Central Univ. OH Jr.
Gwen Oberlin Slippery Rock University DS/Lib Sr.
Julie Oleson Limestone College DS/Lib Sr.
Lacie Smith Lees-McRae College OH Sr.
Anastasia Urbanik** Slippery Rock University MB So.
Li Yizhi*** Lock Haven University MB Sr.
Region Freshman of the Year: Renata da Silva, California (Pa.), S
Honorable Mention: Lauren Carter (Clarion, MB, Fr.), Amanda Huffaker (Lees-McRae, MB, Sr.), Sara Kirsch (Slippery Rock, S, Sr.), Sam Mitchell (Mount Olive, OH, Jr.), Louise Schultz (Slippery Rock, MB, Jr.), Shanna Yourchik (California [Pa.], MB, Sr.)