Justice nets Daktronics all-Southeast Region honors

SAVANNAH, Ga. --- Senior middle blocker Whitney Justice (Connelly Springs, N.C.) added to her already impressive trophy case Wednesday, earning Daktronics NCAA Division II all-Southeast Region Second Team recognition for the second straight season, announced region officials Wednesday.

Justice closed out a tremendous career with the Bobcats in last weekend's regional tournament, tallying a match-high 12 kills in LMC's first-round loss to eventual region champion Wingate University. A native of Connelly Springs, N.C., Justice concludes her career with 1,347 kills, garnering Conference Carolinas Player of the Year honors in each of the last two seasons.

The 2009 AVCA All-American has led the Bobcats to three conference titles during her four-year career, leading the league in hitting percentage in each of the last two seasons. Justice posted an outstanding season this fall in conference play, recording a blistering .450 hitting percentage against league opponents to lead the Bobcats to a perfect 18-0 mark in Conference Carolinas action, capping the program's 12th league title in the last 13 years.

During her career, Justice garnered all-conference first team honors twice, all-region recognition in back-to-back seasons, conference tournament MVP honors twice, as well as a spot on the 2009 AVCA All-America team.

Lees-McRae ended their season with a 25-8 record, including a perfect 18-0 mark in conference play en route to the program's 12th league title in the past 13 years. The Bobcats are expected to return eight letter-winners, including first team all-conference selections Megan Epperson (St. John, Ind.) and Megan Mitchell (Minden, Nev.).

The all-Southeast Region team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition.

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2010 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region Volleyball Team

First Team

Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown
OH Lauren Billo Wingate Sr. Orland Park, Ill.
OH Jamie Lancaster * Anderson (S.C.) Sr. Fountain Inn, S.C.
OH Carly Mozgai Carson-Newman Sr. Greensboro, N.C.
MH Stormi Gale * Wingate Sr. Richmond, Texas
MH Meg Weathersby # Flagler Sr. Maitland, Fla.
L/DS Caitlyn Dean Tusculum Fr. Fort Wayne, Ind.
S Rebecca Royal Flagler Sr. Green Grove Springs, Fla.


2010 Southeast Region Player of the Year: Meg Weathersby, Sr., Maitland, Fla.

Second Team

Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown
OH/RS Gwen Clarke Armstrong Atlantic Sr. Superior, Colo.
OH/RS Kaitlin Walton Lincoln Memorial Fr. Muncie, Ind.
OH Kaitlyn Whitmer Catawba So. Ferrum, Va.
MB Whitney Justice # Lees-McRae Sr. Connelly Springs, N.C.
MH Rachel Stacy Flagler So. Orlando, Fla.
L/DS Samantha Lukralle USC Aiken So. Lindenhurst, N.Y.
S Ashley Sarmiento Tusculum Fr. Dayton, Ohio


* - 2009 Daktronics All-Southeast Region First Team
# - 2009 Daktronics All-Southeast Region Second Team