December 14, 2009

Justice Earns Honorable Mention All-American Honors

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 blocks.

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 Lees-McRae."