BANNER ELK, N.C. -- Whitney Justice earns Honorable Mention
All-American Honors from the AVCA for her 2009 season.
Justice, who was Conference Carolinas Player of the Year, Second
Team All-Southeast Region from Daktronics and First Team
All-Southeast Region from the AVCA, led the Lady Bobcats with 386
kills for an average of 3.09 kills per set this season. Justice
also led the team with .93 blocks per set with 116 total
Justice was the first Lady Bobcat to earn All-American honors
since Lacie Smith was an All-American in 2006.
Freshman defensive specialist, Luana Rocha, earned First Team
All-Southeast Region honors, as well, from the AVCA.
"When great awards like this one are announced, Whitney will be
one of the first to say that the passing, the defense, the setting
- all of it allowed her to be successful. That is team. And
Whitney represents team very well. She is selfless and humble when
it comes to praise," head coach Jamie Petrik said.
"Besides her humility, I love Whitney's dedication to learn.,"
Petrik said. "When she arrived, she was a middle who knew how to
hit a "one and a half" set. That was it. Her freshman year, she
played outside and had a decent year. We decided to move her back
to the middle her sophomore year and wow did she shine. But it was
her work ethic that allowed her to shine. She will be the first
one to admit she has put hours into her transition footwork, her
swing block technique, her hitting range. When she plays poorly
(has 2 or 3 errors), she watches video to see where her errors
happened and what she need to do to adjust next time. Whitney
Justice is special player and we are blessed to have her here at